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Reviewed by Alex G. 

Garvey loves reading and singing, but he's a little awkward and doesn't have too many friends. Even at home, his family doesn't quite get him. To cope with his feelings, Garvey turns to food as a source of comfort.

But when his best friend encourages him to join choir, Garvey may finally have found a place to belong and shine. 

December 3, 2018
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Generosity is the willingness to give or to share, and the quality of being kind, understanding, and not selfish. These books teach the values of generosity and giving.

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."––Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

November 27, 2018
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Reviewed by Lisa C.

November is Picture Book Month and National Adoption Awareness Month, with a special focus on the adoption of children currently in foster care.

November 20, 2018
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Library shelves are packed with all kinds of stories for all kinds of readers. Stories can be mirrors for children to see themselves, but can also be windows for readers to empathize with characters who have different experiences. 

Check out these recommended books that feature diverse characters* ! There are so many stories out there and if you need even more reading recommendations be sure to ask your local librarian! 

November 19, 2018
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Library shelves are packed with all kinds of stories for all kinds of readers. Stories can be mirrors for children to see themselves, but can also be windows for readers to empathize with characters who have different experiences. 

November 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Ginny H. 

In this adventurous, science fiction story, Mori lives a perfect life in Old Harmonie. Their town is a utopian community where kids are genetically altered to super-enhance a powerful trait, like puzzle solving, physical agility, or photographic memory. But when a strangely perfect new girl named Ilana moves in, Mori and her friends begin to question the only world they have ever known. 

November 13, 2018
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Have you heard about the Young Hoosier Book Awards (YHBA)? It's a program run by the Indiana Library Federation to engage school-age kids in fun, recreational reading.

Every year, kids in Indiana get to vote for the book nominee they like best! Check out the nominees for the 2018-2019 YHBA Intermediate list, aimed at 4th-6th graders! Get the full list!

November 9, 2018
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Reviewed by Dana D.

In 1898, a very special dollhouse (complete with a china doll family) arrived from England for a little girl. Annabelle, one of the dolls, has now been an 8-year-old for over 100 years and it’s getting boring. She sees the human girls grow up and new girls come to play with her, but she remains the same.

October 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Stephanie H. 

I love Ada! Ada and this character-driven historical fiction won many awards, including the Newbery Honor book. She and her younger brother Jamie are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II. Away from the bombings and their abusive mother, they find the rural setting and their new caregiver both frightening and joyful. 

October 23, 2018
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You know that feeling when you realize you're actually pretty lucky when you have people who love you, food to eat, shelter to sleep in, books to read, and beauty to appreciate in nature and art? Yes, that's it. Gratitude. Thankfulness. Look around. You may have more to be thankful for than you realize!

October 19, 2018
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You may enjoy some of these other fun adventure stories for early readers. 

July 31, 2018
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Women’s History Month is almost over, but it’s not too late to check out some of our great children’s books featuring strong female characters. Browse our Women's History Month display in the Main Library Children's Area until the end of March—and celebrate women’s history throughout the year with books that inspire and delight young readers.

March 21, 2018

year-of-the-dog-lunar-new-year-celebration_social-media_01-18.jpgHappy New Year! Lunar New Year is an important holiday in China—and February 16 is the first day of the Year of the Dog.

February 12, 2018

Caldecott CoversThis year is the Caldecott Medal's 80th anniversary. Named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott, the medal goes to the “artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year.”

The Caldecott is the most prestigious award an American picture book can receive, so the announcement of the winner each year is a highly anticipated event for Children's literature enthusiasts across the United States. You're invited to celebrate the occasion with us—just drop by the Children’s Area at the Main Library at 10 a.m. on February 12 to watch the live stream of the Youth Media Awards at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference, where the winner is announced.

February 5, 2018
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It's that time of year for cheering on our favorite children's books—the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards are upon us. On February 12, the best of the best books, videos, and other media for children and teens are announced at the American Library Association's annual conference, and we'll be here at the Library watching.

January 31, 2018