Black Cats Are the Best Cats!

A holiday honoring the coolest cats: October 27 is National Black Cat Day. A Chicago Love Story Many years ago, I lived in Chicago and volunteered for the Anti-Cruelty Society. My job ruled! I went in after hours to pet cats in order to help "socialize" them. I loved it so much that I couldn't…
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Must Read Latinx Books 2018

Have you exhausted your summer reading list? If you’re like me and not sure where to turn to next for fall reading, browse through our list of Must Read Latinx Books, 2018 edition! You can also check out our list from last year. Made up of some oldies (but goodies), as well as more recent…
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World Oceans Day

Friday, June 8 is World Oceans Day. Now's the time to celebrate the ocean and learn to care for it! History Since 2002, World Oceans Day has served as a day to appreciate and honor the ocean that connects everyone around the world. It's also a great opportunity to learn about ocean life, think about…
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World Turtle Day

May 23rd is World Turtle Day, and the nonprofit American Tortoise Rescue is encouraging everyone to "shellebrate" our fine reptile friends. What a great time to eat a turtle sundae and listen to The Turtles' classic hit, "Happy Together"! The American Tortoise Rescue formed in 2000 to advocate for the survival of turtles and tortoises…
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The Best Penguins in the World

World Penguin Day is celebrated on April 25th. What a wonderful time to think about all the penguins in the world, and fond penguin memories. Most Penguins Are Southerners Penguins live all over the world--but mostly in the Southern Hemisphere. Australia, South America, Antarctica, South Africa, and New Zealand are homes to penguins. In Australia…
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Potty Training Picture Books

It seemed to take forever to potty train my daughter. Every time I would get together with a relative I would always get asked, "How's the potty training?" Sometimes I had a funny story to tell them, like the time she pooped on my library school homework, and other times I would recount all the…
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A River, the Sea, an Island

2017 featured a bounty of fantastic picture books. As I thought about last year's treasures, I started to think in categories -- historical stories, humorous tales, poetic books, and books with gorgeous illustrations. Within the illustration category, there were three books about water that really stood out. A River by Marc Martin A child imagines…
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Meet David Shannon!

Renown children’s author, David Shannon is coming to East Palo Alto! Best known for his series of books that began with No, David! back in 1998, Shannon has written and illustrated many other books such as A Bad Case of Stripes, Duck on a Bike, and the many sequels to No, David! A curious tidbit…
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