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Picnic Days

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Several countries, towns, and neighborhoods around the world celebrate official Picnic Days in July. Even in a year when attending a big outdoor gathering might not work well, you can still have a variety of picnic events on a smaller scale.  Pack a basket or a paper bag, take a tablecloth or a towel to a park, to your own backyard or porch, or even your living room floor, and enjoy a July picnic. Besides the food, be sure to pack a good book or three to share between courses. Readers To Eaters can guide you through the process of … Continue reading

Father’s Day Picture Books and Books with Pictures


Fathers receive their special day of public (and family) recognition on the third Sunday of June. To celebrate, we’ve gone to our stacks to show off some books featuring stories (and pictures) about dads. The Haircut, by Theo Heras and illustrated by Renné Benoit (Pajama Press) provides a toddler and daddy bonding story of a first trip to the barbershop.  Pair it with this Sony’s Oscar-winning anime short, Hair Love, written by Matthew A. Cherry, to broaden the spectrum of hair-related tasks fathers take on as acts of parental affection. Barefoot Books’ board book Baby’s First Words, by Tessa Strickland and … Continue reading

Black Lives Matter All the Time for All Children

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At a time when many people around the world find themselves willing to focus on the material truth that Black Lives Matter, we want to make sure that all kids—regardless of identity—have plenty of access to books that show and tell the wide range of interests, appearances, languages, and concerns that everyone, including Black children, shares.  Next time you’re able to visit a library or book shop, make sure to pick up a few of these: Brand new and available in two different formats from two of our favorite publishers is Shabazz Larkin’s The Thing about Bees: A Love Letter.  … Continue reading