Kids

Looking for things to keep the kids busy?

 

With everything going on in the world, we want to remind you that libraries are for everyone. Our mission states, “The La Grange Park Library is a welcoming and inclusive community center connecting residents to informational, cultural, and educational resources.”
Here are some resources to help you talk to your kids about everything going on in the world. We have many of the books on these lists and can place holds on them for you:
Black Lives Matter Instructional Library with Read Alouds

How to Talk to Kids About Race: Books and Resources That Can Help

We Need Diverse Books

 

Check out these websites. Many authors are doing lessons, some are reading a book a day and some are doing more! There are also resources for virtual field trips and other learning at home activities. We’ll be updating this page as we learn of more, so check back often.

 

Check out our YouTube channel for frequently updated story times, STEM activities and more.

 

Kate Messner’s page includes herself and several author friends reading from their books and giving lessons on drawing, science and more. This content ranges in age from PreSchool to High School.

 

Mo Willems is doing Lunch Doodles every day on The Kennedy Center’s YouTube page.

 

Doreen Cronin has printable worksheets that feature her books.

 

Grace Lin is reading excerpts from her books, including her new Mulan book, on her YouTube page.

 

Virtual Field Trips

 

A more comprehensive list of authors doing read alouds and other activities.

 

An online graphical dictionary that shows the relationships between words through complex webs/excellent for alternative learning styles.

 

An online portalto free government websites ranging from K-Grade 9.

 

Free dictionary website for early elementary to middle school levels. Interactive graphic interface includes games, a daily “buzzword,” and a “Build Your Own Dictionary ” option.

 

From Drexel University iSchool, this site provides links to information on computers, sports, math, physics, animals, arts, and more. Elementary school levels.

 

Astronauts reading books in space! Many of the storytimes also include worksheets and discussion questions for kids to complete.

 

Here is HarperCollins’ long list of things for kids to do

 

Scholastic offers talking points about coronavirus for kids of all ages.

 

We Need Diverse Books has some resources for parents and educators. Scroll down to find them.

 

J.K. Rowling and wizardingworld.com have created Harry Potter at Home! Check out all the fun activities!

 

April is National Poetry Month! Check out this Book Riot article about some free poetry resources for kids.

 

We can’t Read to the Dogs right now, but we can email them and other therapy pets! Visit the Hinsdale Humane Society’s Therapy Pet Page to choose an animal to email. They’ll be so excited to hear what you’ve been reading and doing until we can all be together again.

 

RAILS for Schools has free access to classic books and other educational resources, including some in Spanish. RAILS also has this list of free virtual tours and entertainment.

 

NASA STEM Engagement has a variety of videos, games and homework help.

 

Experience the Field Museum from home! You can even message Máximo, the titanosaur.

 

You can also experience the Museum of Science and Industry and do some experiments.

 

This is The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections.

 

Tumblebooks has several animated and narrated books. You can also read on your own if you prefer.

 

Fostering Readers provides the information and resources needed to plan, implement, and evaluate research-based literacy programs for K-3rd grade children who are learning how to read.

Emoji Fun!

Download our Emoji Book Clues and see if you can guess the book based on the emojis. Check your answers here!

Community Caring Cards

Sharing is caring, especially during this challenging time. If you love to write or draw this is the perfect opportunity for you! Sign up to send cards that show you care to our neighborhood seniors at Bethlehem Woods. Pre-addressed and stamped postcards can be picked up from the library hold shelf, then decorated and dropped in the mail. 

Grades PreK-6 contact margaret@lplibrary.org to participate.

Grades 7-12 contact samantha@lplibrary.org to partcipate.

Social Story

Take a look at our social story! The social story is a wonderful way to help children of all abilities get acquainted with the library.

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Education

Local Schools

Homework Help

Talking Books

  • Talking Book and Braille Service — The Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) provides audio and braille library service via mail or digital download to any Illinois resident who is unable to read standard print material due to a permanent or temporary visual or physical disability.
Just For Fun

Webcomics

Check out these great webcomics for kids! You can read them online for free!

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Breaking Cat News

This hilarious comic by Georgia Dunn (which is now available in book form also) is inspired by the author’s real cats.

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Audrey’s Magic Nine

This comic by Michelle Wright, Courtney Huddleston, Francesco Gerbino, and Tracy Bailey post updates three times a week and is great for kids and adults.

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The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo

This is a webcomic by Drew Weing, about kids exploring the big city and the things they find.

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Ozy and Millie

Dana Simpson, author of Phoebe and her Unicorn, writes this webcomic featuring a whole cast of quirky animals.

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Cucumber Quest

This comic by gigi d.g. is about bunny kids going on adventures and having fun.

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The Wormworld Saga

This comic for older readers by Daniel Lieske is about a boy who finds a painting that transports him to another world. It’s also translated into several different languages on Lieske’s site.

Safe places to play games and read books online

And much, much more…

Booklists
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Families Together Booklist

This booklist features resources for children, teens and adults about family separation and how we can help keep families together.

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Caldecott Medal & Honor Books

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Newbery Medal

Newbery Medal & Honor Books

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

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Coretta Scott King Book Award

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

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Mildred L. Batchelder Award

The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.

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Pura Belpré Medal

The Pura Belpré Award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Sibert Medal

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.

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Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel Award

The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

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Stonewall Book Awards

The Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Stonewall Book Award honors books for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.

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Schneider Family Book Award

This award honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent readers.

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Américas Award

CLASP (Consortium of Latin American Studies Program) founded the Américas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use.

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Asian Pacific American Librarians Literature Awards

The goal of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.

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Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Book Award

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature.

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American Indian Youth Literature Award

The American Indian Youth Literature Awards are presented every two years. The awards were established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts.

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Children’s Notable Lists

Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books, recordings, videos and apps.

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We Need Diverse Books

We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry. Our aim is to help produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

Walter Award

The Walter Award

The Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature, also known as “The Walter,” celebrates the legacy of author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014). naugurated in 2016, the annual Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature recognize diverse authors (or co-authors) whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way.

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South Asia Book Award

In recent years an increasing number of high-quality children’s and young adult books are published that portray South Asia or South Asians living abroad. To encourage and commend authors and publishers who produce such books, and to provide librarians and teachers with recommendations for educational use, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC) will offer a yearly book award to call attention to outstanding works on South Asia.

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Latinxs in Kid Lit

Exploring the world of Latinx Young Adult, Middle Grade and Children’s literature.

Meet the Children’s Team

Rose Hopkins-LaRocco

Children’s Services Director

Miss Rose has spent a good amount of her life in libraries. Her grandmother was a librarian and in high school, Miss Rose’s first job was as a page at her local library. She strayed briefly to receive a degree in Theater at Columbia College Chicago and work in children’s theater, but she always came back to the library. Some of Miss Rose’s favorite books are the Harry Potter series (don’t ask her to pick a favorite book from the series unless you want to have a really long conversation ;-), When I Reach You by Rebecca Stead, Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein, and Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler & R. Gregory Christie.

Margaret Whalen-Stec

Children’s Services Librarian

Before coming to The La Grange Park Library, Ms. Margaret worked in a bookstore and taught first grade for several years. She believes being a children’s librarian is the perfect mix of her two favorite things: books and children! Working in the library has been a great opportunity to use her teaching experience for planning story times, after school programs and reader’s advisory skills. She really enjoys connecting young readers to new books and developing their passion for reading. Some of her favorite childhood stories include: Millions of Cats, The Little House, The Secret Garden, James and the Giant Peach and Mouse Tales.

Christina McPhail

Children’s Services Assistant

Miss Christina has spent most of her life with a book in her hand. As a child, she would walk to the library almost every day, searching for a new story to read. Not much has changed since then, except that now she gets to help children find new stories that they will love! Her favorite children’s books are Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz and Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea. When she’s not reading a book, Miss Christina enjoys playing guitar and relaxing with her cat, Olive.

Cat Gemkow

Children’s Services Assistant

Cat Gemkow is a library science student and will graduate from Dominican University with her Masters this Spring. Until then, she can be seen all around the western suburbs visiting family, babysitting, and participating in as many Hamilton Sing-A-Long’s as she possibly can. She lives in Forest Park with her cat, Lupita, and really wants to go whale watching someday.