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8 books for kids on civil rights, democracy and voting

We'll likely be talking to our children about this year of civil unrest and reckoning, the election, and its eventual outcome for decades to...

Phoenix Mercury star featured in “She Persisted in Sports” book

Diana Taurasi, star of the WNBA Phoenix Mercury, is featured in the new children’s book “She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the...

2020 Maricopa County summer reading program extends through Aug. 15

The Maricopa County Reads summer reading program will continue through Aug. 15 to encourage young people to stay engaged and reading while they remain...

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Avondale Public Library Buckeye Public Library Chandler Public Library Desert Foothills Library Fort McDowell Tribal Library Glendale Public Library Maricopa County Library District Mesa Public Library Morristown Volunteer Library Peoria Public Library Phoenix Public...

Changing Hands launches Kids’ Summer Reading Bingo

Changing Hands Bookstore has launched a Kids' Summer Reading Bingo program designed to celebrate diversity and inclusion in children's literature. The program encourages children to...

Six decades of excellent Earth Day books for kids

From "The Lorax" by Dr. Suess in the 1970s to the creative and insightful environment-themed books of today, Earth Day books continue the celebration of our planet all year round.

Celebrating National Library Week — at home, online and in our hearts

April 19-25 is National Library Week, when libraries across the Valley would usually be hosting all sorts on on-site celebrations. This year is different.

Black History Month: WORDS can change the WORLD

Well, this is awkward. I’m supposed to be recommending books for Black History Month, but I’m feeling pretty conflicted about the whole thing. It’s...

American Girl’s newest doll is Joss Kendrick — a fearless surfer born with hearing loss

American Girl's 2020 Girl of the Year doll is Joss Kendrick — a surfer and competitive cheerleader who was born with hearing loss. According...

3 free treasure hunts families can enjoy together — anywhere

Raising kids in Arizona affords many opportunities to spend time outdoors, especially during these beautiful winter months. But what outdoor activities help strengthen family...

Childsplay stages world premiere of “Chato’s Kitchen” at Herberger Theater Center

What would you do if you were the coolest low-riding cat in the barrio? If your name is Chato, you invite your new neighbors,...

The art of the squeal: Tweens are hungry for scary books

Do you remember the “‘satiable child” of Kipling’s “Just So Stories?” The little elephant whose curiosity was impossible to satisfy reminds me of tweens’...

Harry Potter’s birthday: 5 ways to celebrate The Boy Who Lived

Calling all muggles, wizards and fantasy fanatics! July 31st is the official birthday of The Boy Who Lived, and Harry Potter lovers statewide can...

Taking a road trip? Try listening to an audiobook as a family

When my family travels in airplanes, it’s every person for him or herself. My 8-year-old son can sit through any intercontinental flight with an...

Registration underway for Maricopa County Reads: A Universe of Stories program

Kids and adults can sign up now for Maricopa County Reads, the all-ages online summer reading program running June 1-Aug. 1. This year’s theme...

“Love You Hard” author Abby Maslin talks balance, resilience and rebuilding a family

Most of us gain perspective in tiny increments, from a steady drip of experiences that push us to accept, adjust, reframe and recalibrate our...



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