In turbulent times, we realize it can be helpful to use literature as a way to discuss and explain difficult situations with your children. MPPL Youth Services staff have curated a collection of books and resources to assist you as you discuss events with the youngest members of your family.
Books @ MPPL
Anti-racist Books for Families
Anti-racist Books for Pre-K-K
Anti-racist Books for grades 2-4
Anti-racist Books for Tweens (4th-6th grade)
You can place holds on these items for parking lot pick up, or many of them are also available from Hoopla, Overdrive/Libby, and RBdigital.
These resources have been vetted by library staff, however, since they are outside sites, we are not responsible for the content.
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Join Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne, and others as they read chapters from the book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Videos of each chapter reading are posted on the Web site, Wizarding World, along with other fun activities that can be done at home. This book as well as the more in the Harry Potter series are also available as e-books and e-audios through OverDrive/Libby.
J.K. Rowling has also released a free new e-book, The Ickabog, which has new chapters posting weekly. Along with reading this new book, there is a drawing competition and selected artwork that wins will be featured in the print version of The Ickabog.
This book is adorable. Duncan goes to get his crayons out at school one day and finds a stack of letters. Each one is written by a different color crayon. Each has his reasons for needing a break. Red feels over used because of holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Gray doesn’t like to have to be used for such big animals like elephants and hippos. Black doesn’t like being use for outlining things while the other colors are used to fill in. Of course there is drama as well. Yellow and Orange crayons are arguing about who should be the color of the sun and are no longer speaking to each other. I love how Duncan makes all the crayons happy in the end.
The Day the Crayons Quit and other books in the series are available from Libby/Overdrive.
It’s hard to be a good egg when everyone else is so rotten! A companion to The Bad Seed, this funny, thought provoking book will surely cause you and your family to laugh out loud, or at the very least, crack a smile.
Available from Hoopla as e-audio and from Libby/Overdrive as an e-book.
Book reviewed by Julie J., Assistant Head of Youth Services.
Aaron Reynolds is a master at writing hilarious books, and Carnivores, illustrated by Dan Santat, is no exception. This book will make you laugh while you’re learning about how carnivores actually work! This book is available as an e-book and a read-along book from RBDigital.
Description from the publisher: “The lion is king of the jungle! The great white shark is sovereign of the seas! The timber wolf is emperor of the forests! But . . . it’s lonely at the top of the food chain. It’s difficult to fit in when plant eaters can be so cruel—just because you ate a relative of theirs that one time! What’s a carnivore to do? Aaron Reynolds’s roaringly funny text is perfectly paired with Dan Santat’s mouthwatering illustrations, creating a toothsome book that’s sure to stand out from the herd.”
Books reviewed by Julie J., Assistant Head of Youth Services