The White House: Watch New PBS special on the White House, then . . .

Get a Copy of Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out for Your Kids as a Follow-Up! Family American History Activity! Watch the new PBS special on the White House with your kids–http://www.pbs.org/program/white-house-inside-story/ —-and follow it up by reading experts from Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out!  Our White House covers more than 200 … Continued

Help Kids Understand the Birth of Political Parties

Both George Washington and John Adams despised the idea of political parties, but our two-party system took root during Washington’s administration anyway. In these final days before the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions, share the story of party politics with young people. Take time to discuss around the dinner table, while driving on a long … Continued

Great Reads Spotlight: JAMES RANSOME

What Great Read does author and illustrator JAMES RANSOME recommend for young people? Ransome recommends Back Home, written by Gloria Jean Pinkney and illustrated by Jerry Pinkey. “I chose Back Home because I was raised in the south and have fond memories of spending summer vacation with visiting cousins. Being an illustrator I am also, … Continued

Great Reads Spotlight: Jack Gantos

What GREAT READ does author JACK GANTOS recommend for young people? Gantos recommends Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. “I chose Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh because when I read her book I wanted to be Harriet’s friend. But because she was a fictional character I began to practice her way of writing: she … Continued

GREAT READS Spotlight: Jon Scieszka

What GREAT READ does author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Emeritus JON SCIESZKA recommend for young people? Bomb by Steve Sheinkin. “When people talk about reading, they sometimes forget non-fiction. But great non-fiction can be every bit as amazing (and maybe more – because it’s true) than fiction. Sheinkin’s book about the atomic … Continued

Congratulations to NCBLA Volunteer Staff Writer HEATHER LANG

Congratulations to NCBLA volunteer staff writer HEATHER LANG on the publication of her nonfiction book Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine, illustrated by Raul Colon (Calkins Creek, 2016). Fearless Flyer has received starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal and is recommended for ages 5-8. Watch the book trailer. Here is a summary: Before … Continued