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Audiobook Roundup

Video of Ms. Becca talking about three audiobooks for kids

Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler by Steve Sheinkin

Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler book cover

When Abraham Lincoln overhears school, kids say in history class that history is so boring he warns them not to do it again or they will not like what happens! In this time travelling novel Doc and Abby are transported to 1860 to help save history! This is a first book in the Time Twister Series, check out Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean next! 

This book is available on Overdrive as an eaudio and ebook.  

Slacker by Gordan Korman 

slacker book cover

When Cameron Boxer almost burns the house down because he was playing video games his parents give him an ultimatum. Join an activity or lose your video game system. Cameron decides to make a fake club at school. Cameron soon finds out how much work his new fake club is and learns maybe there is more to life than video games. 

This book is available on Overdrive as an eaudio and ebook

The Candy Caper by Tom Watson 

Trouble at Table 5: The Candy Caper book cover

Trouble at Table 5: The Candy Caper is the first book in this illustrated early chapter book series. Join Molly and her group of friends as they scheme to get into the Principal office to count how many candies are in the Principal’s candy jar. 

This book is available on Overdrive as an eaudio and ebook.  

One Last Word by Nikki Grimes

One Last Word, Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes  

author Nikki Grimes
author Nikki Grimes, photo by Aaron Lemen

Original poems from the Harlem Renaissance are used as the foundation for Grimes new poems in the beautiful poetry book, One Last Word, Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. Grimes brings the Harlem Renaissance right to the present with themes of injustice and unfulfilled promises and contemporary African-American illustrators are featured throughout this collection.   The foreword includes a history of the Harlem Renaissance, and poet biographies. The poems are beautiful and the artwork more beautiful still.  

Learn more about the book at the Read Write Poetry blog.

Use our databases for kids to research and learn more about the Harlem Renaissance.

Review by Amy. S.

Learn About Loving Day

Loving v. Virginia (1967) was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down laws banning interracial marriage. The decision was followed by an increase in interracial marriages in the U.S. and is remembered annually on June 12th, Loving Day.

Check out these resources to learn more about multi-racial families and friendships, Loving v. Virginia, and the couple at the heart of it, Richard and Mildred Loving.

Anti-racist Books and Resources for Families

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.

Hoopla collection of Audiobooks, “Talking to Kids About Race”

Resources

These resources have been vetted by library staff, however, since they are outside sites, we are not responsible for the content.

31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids

RESOURCES FOR TALKING ABOUT RACE, RACISM AND RACIALIZED VIOLENCE WITH KIDS

Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race and Racism with Young Children and Their Families

Racial Equity Tools: Children, Families, and Youth Development

Talking to Kids About Race

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

Anti-racism Resources for All Ages, curated by Dr. Nicole Cooke

E-book-Dragons in a Bag

Dragons in a Bag book cover

Dragons in a Bag is the first in a series, and is a great transitional chapter book for fans of The Magic Treehouse and The Unicorn Rescue Society series. You can check out the e-book from RBdigital!

From the publisher’s description: “The dragon’s out of the bag in this diverse, young urban fantasy from an award-winning author! When Jaxon is sent to spend the day with a mean old lady his mother calls Ma, he finds out she’s not his grandmother—but she is a witch! She needs his help delivering baby dragons to a magical world where they’ll be safe. There are two rules when it comes to the dragons: don’t let them out of the bag, and don’t feed them anything sweet. Before he knows it, Jax and his friends Vikram and Kavita have broken both rules! Will Jax get the baby dragons delivered safe and sound? Or will they be lost in Brooklyn forever? AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR”