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Big Topics, Little People: Gender Roles

Contributed By: Sarah Martin, Youth Services Girls can wear pink but they can also play with trucks. Children thrive most when allowed to be themselves. Read these books about children who learn that what styles they may wear or what interests they may have are not defined by their gender. I’m a Girl by Yasmeen …

Meet Your Community Helpers

Look all around you and you’ll see community helpers. Using these books you can introduce your children to the helpers they see every day. This can build a foundation for understanding how everyone working together makes the community work as a whole. We rely on our neighbors and they rely on us!   What Do …

More Great STEAM Learning Coming Your Way!

Contributed By: Tonya Aumack, Learning Lab Supervisor Gwinnett County Public Library is busy working to provide STEAM programming and learning opportunities for all ages, including children and teens! STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, and we’re all about it. In addition to our other great STEAM programs, our Learning Labs provide free …

Catch the Reading Bug!

There’s something children find fascinating about bugs. Maybe it’s because they’re small, or maybe it’s because they look strange, or maybe it’s because they just like the way they crawl around. If you’ve got a child who can’t get enough of the creepy crawlies who live outside our homes, then these story books are for you! …

1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten

Contributed By: Amy Billings, Youth Services Can you and your family read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten? Yes, you can! While a thousand books sounds like a huge number, you can easily reach that goal. Read a book before naptime and another before bedtime and you’ve read over 700 titles in just one year. Why so …

Read it Again! And Again! And Again!

Contributed By: Amy Billings, Youth Services Small children often become enamored of a particular story and choose to hear it again and again. But why? Experts at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina tell us that it is a very good sign which indicates your child is practicing …

Big Topics, Little People: Homelessness

Contributed By: Sarah Martin, Youth Services It is sad to think that not everyone has a safe place to call home. Elementary-aged children begin to see themselves as part of a community. They may have questions about why some people have less than others. You can start the discussion and build empathy by reading some …

Mismatched Pairs for Tweens

Contributed By: Amy Billings, Youth Services The Association for Library Service to Children recommends these “mismatched pairs” of tween friendly fiction and nonfiction book pairs. Grouping fiction and nonfiction titles on the same subject can help readers draw connections, inspire critical thinking, and build vocabulary. Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War …

Big Topics, Little People: Immigration

Contributed By: Sarah Martin, Youth Services What is it like to leave your country and come to a new land? Immigration is in the news a lot lately. Check out these children’s books on the subject to help your little ones understand it more clearly. Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago A child and her …

Shapes All Around

Contributed By: Amy Billings, Youth Services Circle, Square, Triangle, more! Teaching children to identify and name shapes is a fundamental early literacy skill. Recognizing the differences in shapes helps children when they need to learn to differentiate and learn the names of each letter. Shapes are also a basic math skill. Here is a resource …