Ida, Always

In Ida, Always by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso, we meet Gus and Ida, two polar bears who live together at a zoo in New York City (based loosely on the real life polar bear residents of the Brooklyn Zoo) and spend all their time together. But when Ida suddenly falls terminally ill, they both have to confront…
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The Neapolitan Novels

As a children’s librarian, I read (and love) tons of books for kids and young adults, but I still find myself needing to return to my English-major roots and pick up a long literary novel from time to time. And I’m so glad that I happened upon Elena Ferrante’s series The Neapolitan Novels as my…
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Storytime Kits Are Here!

ELPL is excited to announce the debut of our newest section of the children’s collection: storytime kits! Storytime kits are just what they sound like – collections of books, music, and activities with a central theme that let you have your own mini storytime at home. With kit themes like animals, colors, ABCs, and more…
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Michigan Reads!

This year, the Library of Michigan's Michigan Reads! program has a new start month! This program, similar to One Book One Community, will now take place in March to coincide with March Is Reading Month. So what does Michigan Reads! involve? One outstanding picture book is selected for children, families, educators, and everyone else across Michigan to…
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We Need Diverse Books – One Family

You may have heard about a movement in the book world called We Need Diverse Books. In 2014, #WeNeedDiverseBooks started as a hashtag on Twitter among authors, bloggers, and others from the youth literature industry in response to a lack of diversity in children's books. From there this conversation grew to a movement and ultimately an…
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