August 1, 2023 is National Spider-Man Day!

According to CNN, five million people every month search Google for “Spider-Man” – far more searches than for any other superhero.  When is National Spiderman Day?...Now you know. It's August 1st. Who is your favorite superhero?...Celebrate National Spider-Man Day 2023 with these great stories featuring other well-known (and not so well-known) superheroes. Read More

Clare Landrigan’s Favorite Books

Books create space for caregivers to invite children into a topic that may be challenging for them to articulate their feelings about and discuss. Books naturally scaffold and differentiate when we read with our kids, let them take the lead in conversations, and give them options for response like art, building, movement, discussion, and quietude. Here are some topics caregivers often request titles for and some texts I recommend to broaden the perspective on the topic so young readers can find mulitple connections and points of entry for response: Read More

July 15, 2023 Is National I Love Horses Day!

Lis Hartel was only 23 years old in 1944 when polio left her paralyzed from the knees down. Determined to still compete as an equestrian, Lis taught herself to ride again. In 1952, she earned a silver medal in dressage at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki – the very first year women were welcome to compete at the Olympic Games, and eight years before the first Paralympics (the largest international sports competition for athletes with disabilities) was held in 1960. Celebrate National I Love Horses Day on July 15, 2023, with these great books about horses and riders, including Jubilee: The First Therapy Horse and an Olympic Dream!   Read More

July Is National Ice Cream Month 2023

Ice cream has been a favorite food in the United States since the 1700s. In the 1800s, an ice cream maker was invented – it allowed people to hand-crank the ice cream inside a bucket of ice, mixing the ingredients until they slowly froze.  Today, there are electric ice cream makers, and huge ice cream factories make almost a billion gallons of ice cream in the U.S. every year! However, (according to our friend Google) you can actually make ice cream without an ice cream maker (electric or otherwise), if you have a few simple ingredients plus ice, salt, and two plastic bags. Here are some great books about making and enjoying ice cream in celebration of National Ice Cream Month 2023. Yum! Read More

Celebrate World Music Day 2023!

Dolly Parton began singing professionally at age 10, and has gone on to write and perform almost 3,000 songs. Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly founded the Imagination Library to give books to children ages 0-5 years. Since 1995, the Imagination Library has gifted more than 200,000,000 books to children! In honor of World Music Day 2023, learn more about musicians like Dolly Parton, Jimi Hendrix, Selena, and “V” from BTS, by checking out these great books: Read More

Jazzy’s 2023 World Music Day Bookshelf

Celebrate World Music Day 2023 with these wonderful stories that revolve around music. [booklist_table isbn="9780802855534,9780735844995,9781922539274,9780063254152,9781536207835,9781645676317,9780374389949,9780593481240,9781534494459,9780063216396,9781454942221,9781534483101,9781484673003,9780316333726,9780316441544"]… Read More

June Is Pride Month 2023

Learn about the meaning behind the other colors of the Pride flag in Our Rainbow by Little Bee Books, and celebrate Pride Month 2023 with these great titles about important moments and people in LGBTQ history. Read More