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PBS Kids Family Nights

July 3, 2020
Tune in for Family Night Movies on CPTV PBS Kids • Connecticut ...

Every Friday night from 7-9 PM PBS is broadcasting family programming (which is repeated on Saturday and Sunday). Movie specials like ‘Dinosaur Train,’ ‘I am Madam President,’ and ‘D.W. and the Beastly Birthday’ are some of the shows being presented. Next week they are planning on Halloween in July with related themed viewing and activities from Wild Kratts and Arthur. PBS also has ideas from their Camp PBS Kids section. Visit the PBS parents page for ideas to keep the kids learning and having fun all summer.

A Good Kind of Trouble

June 27, 2020
Title: A Good Kind of Trouble, Author: Lisa Moore Ramée

Although Lisa Moore Ramee’s middle grade novel was released a year ago in 2019, it’s extremely timely for the events happening now regarding protest marches, justice and equality. Shayla is one of the few African-American students in her California school. Her best friends, Julia and Isabelle, are Asian and Latinx. They’ve been friends since elementary school and like to call themselves ‘The United Nations.’ Seventh grade brings changes to Shayla’s world. Julia has been hanging out with another group of friends and her older sister wears a black armband to show her support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Shayla is just beginning to listen to the news and reports of the African-Americans being killed by the police. She is trying to understand why her sister feels so strongly about standing up for justice. But Shayla wants to be a ‘good girl’ and stay out of trouble. As the story evolves, Shayla is forced to decide how loud or silent she wants to be while still staying out of trouble- until trouble comes looking for her. “A Good Kind of Trouble’ is a great novel for grades 4/5 and up to read now and start a discussion. It recently appeared on a ‘Top 50 Books 6th Graders Should Read‘ list.

Two Little Trains

June 23, 2020

Now that you’ve read Goodnight Moon and The Little Engine That Could three million times, check out Two Little Trains just released in March for the younger set. This Margaret Wise Brown original has new illustrations by Greg Pizzoli. Updated from the 1949 edition and the Dillon illustrated 2001 edition, the latest remake will appeal to preschool train lovers. Amazon recommends it as the perfect baby shower gift, but we encourage you to order it for free today and enjoy it with curbside pickup at the library!

Best Summer Learning Games

June 11, 2020
Magnus' Kingdom of Chess - Play Magnus and Dragonbox
Kart Kingdom | PBS KIDS

Looking for teacher-approved learning games for the summer?

Common Sense Media has compiled over 40 games with the added benefit of an educational aspect. Recommendations are grouped by age for pre-K through high school. Magnus Kingdom teaches beginning chess,

Drag Queen Story Hours for Kids

June 3, 2020
Nina West

With everything moving to the online world, kid’s online story times are now also available in abundance. The ever-popular Drag Queen story hours can be viewed online. Here are five to check out:

  1. Brooklyn Public Library 2. Drag Queen story hours on the interweb 3. Brooklyn Children’s Museum story hours 4. Story Time with Nina 5. Drag Queen Story Time


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