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Renovated Burton Barr Central Library to reopen June 16

Just in time for summer, a cool space reopens that welcomes your kids with open arms --- and even better, it’s all free! Burton Barr...

The monkey’s uncle: Noteworthy kids books by Brian Selznick

Oh, that Brian Selznick! He’s gone and done it again. He has made a spectacle — not of himself, but an honest-to-goodness spectacle, nonetheless....

Temple Grandin appearing in Mesa to discuss “Calling All Minds” book for kids

Thomas Jefferson invented macaroni and cheese. That fact alone can interest kids in our Founding Fathers quicker than tickets to “Hamilton.” It turns out...

Pop-ups: A “movable” feast of deliciously dazzling books

Every good book is a gift. All you have to do is open it and enjoy. But like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, it’s...

Valley Youth Theatre stages “Little Women, the Broadway Musical”

How can the hopes and dreams of four young women from the 1860s still resonate? Find out April 6-22, when Valley Youth Theatre's stages its new...

Make your own movable books or cards

  Making 3-D paper art is a great STEAM activity and a fun, creative challenge for kids. Here’s a roundup of books and websites to...

6 children’s books for Easter baskets

When my sons were small, holiday celebrations were a big deal in our house. As the boys got older, though, one time-worn ritual after...

Love in the time of kholera: Kids books about love and kindness

Kids books on the basics of love and kindness (in time for Valentine’s Day) No, it’s not a misprint — “kholera” is the Greek word...

Holiday gift guide: 12 books for Christmas and beyond

The Christmas season is a time of wonder; 12 days of togetherness, sharing and caring. Those experiences --- wonder, togetherness, sharing, caring --- are...

Noted children’s author-illustrators to visit Changing Hands in Tempe

Picture book lovers of all ages will be grateful for the upcoming post-Thanksgiving trifecta offered at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. There’s not...

Childsplay stages “Go, Dog. Go!” at Tempe Center for the Arts

Want to attend a musical dog party? Now’s your chance. Childsplay Theatre brings “Go, Dog. Go!” to Tempe Center for the Arts on weekends Nov....

Author Tom Leveen: The brave new world of young-adult media

The world can be a scary place. As parents, our job is to keep our kids safe and teach them to live in it...

The perfect illustration: Molly Idle’s busy, idyllic life

I know exactly how Tea Rex feels. He’s the semi-civilized tyrannosaur who takes tea with Cordelia and her little brother in Molly Idle’s hilarious breakthrough...

Picture books about storytelling (and why it’s so important!)

“If I had a little book, I would name it Friend. Friend would go wherever I went, our story would never end.” — from...

Road trip? Take a good traveling book for the kids

There are travel books, which take you on an imaginary journey, and there are traveling books, which go along with you and entertain you...

Approachable picture books teach kids to stay safe

For Arizona kids, “summer” is just another word for “more.” More heat, sunshine, sunscreen and ice cream; more hours to fill with friends and family,...

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