Category Archives: kids

Book Reviews for Children and Middle Grades

Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson Astrid is sure that the summer before middle school is going to be great, especially since she and her best friend Nicole are going to attend roller derby camp. When Nicole decides she would rather … Continue reading

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I visited the Children’s Center this past weekend and picked up a calendar with daily early literacy activities on it. I read lots of books to my three-year-old. How does singing help him learn to read?

Early literacy is all of the things a child knows about reading and writing, before he starts to read and write. It is wonderful that you’re reading lots of books to your child! Reading books about things he’s interested in, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Merry Christmas, Squirrels!, by Nancy Rose

Every fall I see squirrels scurry around gathering acorns for the winter.  Did you know that some squirrels make other preparations too? In Nancy Rose‘s newly-published book, Merry Christmas, Squirrels!, she tells the story of Mr. Peanuts, a squirrel who … Continue reading

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Book Review: Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey, by Herman Parish

It is Thanksgiving week, and what better time to re-visit a classic character from American children’s literature.  Twenty years ago, author Herman Parish skillfully took over the writing of children’s books based upon his Aunt Peggy Parish’s original character Amelia Bedelia … Continue reading

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I saw something called the Discovery Wall on the Dallas Public Library website. What exactly is it?

When the Children’s Center at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library was renovated in 2011, Atmos Energy sponsored one of the only large screen videoconferencing systems for children in the country. The Discovery Wall is located in the Kahn Pavilion … Continue reading

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