Category Archives: Kids – Nonfiction

Kids’ Book Picks: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi, LEGO Star Wars: Rebel Alliance, and Goodnight Numbers by Danica McKellar

I often struggle to choose just one kid book each month, because I have so many I want to recommend! This is why I decided to pick three very different and wonderful books for my kid book picks this month. If you need or want more recommendations, then make sure to visit our online catalog to see staff picks for kids, tweens, teens, and adults.

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8 Books About Real-Life Kids Who Changed the World

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C’mon, can kids REALLY change the world? Well, maybe. . .  you never know.
Take a chance and inspire your kids to believe that they CAN be brave, or creative, or determined.  Maybe reading stories about another child’s courage might inspire our own children to step up, speak out, and try something they thought couldn’t be done – and in doing so,  perhaps they CAN change their world, even just a bit.

Brightly  shares a list of eight books about real life children who changed the world – time to hunker down and read together!

Kids’ Book Pick: A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky

Do not approach an emu,

The bird does not esteem you.

It wields a quick and wicked kick

That’s guaranteed to cream you.

– Jack Prelutsky

A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky is my children’s book pick for April. This book is a wonderful introduction to the world of poetry. It is fun, lighthearted, and a truly magical read. It was first published in 1996, but continues to be just as great a read today. It is a book for kids who have enjoyed Prelutsky’s  Be Glad your Nose is on your Face and Other Poems and Something BIG Has Been Here, Janeczko and Raschka’s A Poke in the I, and Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends.
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Feed our Brain and Soul: April is National Poetry Month

…Resistance is futile.

move & roll on to this poem
do not resist this poem
this poem has your eyes
this poem has his head
this poem has his arms
this poem has his fingers
this poem has his fingertips

-Excerpt from “Beware: Do Not Read This Poem,” by Ishmael Reed

Whether you are a poet and ya know it, or have nightmares of analyzing poetry in high school, it may be time to approach the subject anew: you may just be surprised at what speaks to something within. Here are some ways to dip your toe back into that poetry pool….

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