To learn the scientific fun facts about your favorite Halloween creatures, Caribu is featuring books from Arbordale Kids that take an in-depth look at the habits of haunted beings! Explore the lives of bats, owls, mummies, and more in your next virtual playdate. The books include fascinating information about nature and history that will grab the attention of kids of all ages. Each page has bright illustrations with wide views and close-ups drawn in beautiful detail. Take a look with your loved ones in a Caribu Call and discuss what you notice!
The connections between grandparents and grandchildren can be magical; and Lauren Grabois Fischer’s new book, Life, is a touching exploration about family traditions and experiences shared from generation to generation. The book considers the big ideas about life from both a grandparents’ and a child’s perspective, and demonstrates how much we have in common no matter our age or experience.
Just as important as where and how your child learns is what they’re actually learning. And that’s why you might be looking for ways to advocate for a more diverse curriculum in your kid’s school this fall.
I began to realize that children’s books were a way into a conversation that our family had not been having. And it wasn’t just that we weren’t talking to our 3-year-old about differences in race and ethnicity. My wife and I had not been talking about it, either, at least not directly and not often, and this was despite our being a multiracial family.
If you’ve read the book Wobegon and Mildred in #CampCaribu’s ‘Best Friends’ week summer reading list, you might have noticed its colorful, out-of-the-box illustrations by Kent Yoshimura. Each page is a digital collage: the two main characters are designed with multi-textured, animal-like features that convey their personalities; the immediate background includes geometric patterns of cars, plants, shapes, and cityscapes; and the far background is a watercolor haze. The effect gives readers a snapshot of the wacky, multi-dimensional town where the story is set, and where two unusual parking ticket monitors stand out among the crowd for their eccentricities.
For a long time, comic books and graphic novels were geared toward children on the basis that, because they have pictures, they’re not “real books.” As a child, I wasn’t allowed to read comics for that very reason. I read my first comic book as an adult when I met my husband, who is the comic buyer for our local shop. Today, I am the mother of two girls who are obsessed with manga (Japanese comics). This year alone, I have read over 400 comic books. It’s safe to say that comics play a very large part of our family’s reading life.
If you’ve been rereading books you adore, welcome to the club. Like a well-loved blanket and a favorite set of jammies, familiar books, worlds and stories may be exactly what you need when everything both changes by the minute and remains relentlessly the same. (Breaking news: The couch is still comfortable, and I am still on it.)
When author Jesse Byrd Jr. launched his own publishing company in 2017, he aimed to amplify voices that are often excluded in the book industry. “We wanted to offer diverse storytelling for young audiences,” he said. “We wanted the stories we publish to be a reflection of the world that children have inherited; a reflection of different communities and environments. We want to share the non-dominant culture, including kids who are people of color, immigrants, and differently abled. It’s about adding more colors to the rainbow.”
Curious about the history behind the mysterious book ‘The Railway Children,’ featured in #CampCaribu’s Week 2 ‘Father Figures’ Reading List? The tale begins in a decadent Victorian home, where the children Bobbie, Peter, and Phyllis have everything they want. However, the story continues ominously, “on Peter’s eighth birthday, the trouble began.”
“You are more likely to find a book about a dog, a cat or a humanoid than a book with a Black child on the cover or between the pages.” So began a conversation with author B.K. Fulton, creator of the Mr. Business series, a seven-book series based on his childhood experiences. This week Caribu is featuring the second book in the series, The Science Fair, as part of the #CampCaribu ‘Courageous Conversations: Anti-Racism’ Week.