Kids at Home with MPPL Category: Writing

Winter Reading Badges

Look at all those badges! Monty the Mount Prospect Duck has been busy reading and doing activities for Winter Reading. You have until February 28 to try to earn as many (or more) badges than Monty!

Monty the MPPL duck with his winter reading badges

Which ones are your favorites?

attend a virtual event

Attend a virtual event

stack of books

Chill out & read

Listen to a story

Listen to a story

island with palm trees

Warm up with reading

people doing yoga

Let’s get moving


Get cozy

Reading takes you places

Reading takes you places




Find a good book

Visit with Children’s Author Christina Soontornvat

Today we are sharing a special booktalk to introduce you to children’s author Christina Soontornvat. We’ll meet her virtually this Wednesday at 6 p.m. and there’s still time to register! Kids can ask her questions about what it is like to be a writer, or tell her how much they like her books.

Watch this video to learn more about Christina Soontornvat’s novels for kids and her favorite things!

Be Our Pen Pal

little-girl-doing-her-homework at a laptop

We would love to hear from you! Email us at to get some letter writing practice, share stories, and ask us questions. Ask Youth staff for a book recommendation, or about their favorite school subject, color, dessert, animal, or anything that you would like to know. Share a story you read or even one that you wrote! Tell us a joke or attach a picture that you drew.

Send emails to Youth Services at and we’ll respond within a day or two. We love to hear from everyone and see what you have been up to!

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Art for Alden Gardens

Try this activity to create art at home and also brighten someone’s day! MPPL is partnering with Alden Gardens, an assisted living facility in Des Plaines, to help kids and senior citizens connect through art. Here’s how it works:

pick a coloring page and print 2 copies, color one page and leave one blank
send both pages to alden gardens, staff will distribute the pages to residents to enjoy and color on their own

Pages will be held until safe to distribute. Coloring page ideas:  Every Child a Reader Coloring PageCrayola Coloring PagesHello Kids Coloring Pages

If you would like service credit for this project, please contact the Volunteen Coordinators, Claire ( or Amy (

Dork Diaries Podcast

Dork Diaries podcast

Whether you’re already a fan of Dork Diaries or have not read them yet, you are in for a treat with the new Dork Diaries podcast, starring award-winning actress Jenni Barber, produced in partnership with Simon & Schuster Audio.

Meet Nikki Maxwell! She’s starting 8th grade in a new school—and her very first diary. An animated cast of characters hilariously performs Nikki’s Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life. In 15 episodes adapted from Rachel Renée Russell’s bestselling series, this podcast offers family entertainment for longtime fans and those meeting Nikki for the first time. New episodes available on Mondays and Fridays.

Find more fun on the Dork Diaries website, with printables for word games, creating your own dork diary, and much more. Books in the Dork Diaries series, as well as Renée Russell’s other series, The Misadventures of Max Crumbly, are available to read or listen to on Overdrive and Hoopla!

Go to this page for more great podcasts for kids.