Kids Book Corner: The Importance of Summer Reading

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BY JO PERRY Studies show that children’s reading skills erode over the summer months and that the skill-deficit continues in following school year. Researchers report that this loss is especially severe for kids struggling with reading. In fact, … [Read more...]

Kids Book Corner: Books that Welcome Summer

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BY JO PERRY These books will inspire outdoor adventures and projects that kids can share with the special grown-ups in their lives––Dad, Mom, a grandparent or a special grown-up friend: If camping isn’t your thing, don’t worry: You … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Be Kind to Animals Week

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BY JO PERRY May 2-10 is Be Kind to Animals Week, a time to appreciate the animals that enrich our lives and an opportunity to renew our commitment to animals in need. Two new picture books present endearing animal characters and celebrate their … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Earth Day Books

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BY JO PERRY Celebrate spring and Earth Day with three interesting new books: The Falling Raindrop by Neil Johnson & Joel Chin tells the story of the water cycle through the journey of a single drop as it emerges from the turbulence of a storm … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Two Trashy Books and Two for St. Pat’s

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BY JO PERRY Many kids love the garbage truck. Mine used to stand outside and wait on the curb for it on trash day. If yours are fans of refuse and the trash collector’s modus operandi, then these two inventive titles are sure to please: Jonah … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Celebrating love and animals

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BY JO PERRY Think back to your first love and most likely you’ll remember the profound and generous affection you felt for an animal or a pet, and the love that animal returned to you.  My Valentine’s Day-themed picks, two classics and one new, … [Read more...]