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South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominees 2022-2023

The South Carolina Picture Book Award is granted annually by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL).  The nominees represent quality contemporary literature for 4K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders, selected by students, parents, teachers, and librarians.  Below are the 2022-2023 nominees in print, audio, and ebook formats.
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South Carolina Children's Book Award Nominees 2022-2023

The South Carolina Children's Book Award is granted annually by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL).  The nominees represent quality contemporary literature for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders, selected by students, parents, teachers, and librarians.  Below are the 2022-2023 nominees in print, audio, and ebook formats.
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Read All About It: Asian Folklore Titles for Youth

Read and celebrate the amazing Asian folklore stories about grand heroes, exciting adventures, and fantastical places below!  Looking for even more good books?  Check out our personalized recommendations or call us at 803-799-9084. Find more resources on race, equity, and inclusion, here.

Jul 06 10:30 a.m.

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A Special Storytime: Fun Patrol

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Youth Titles to Read for Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949, Mental Health Awareness month has been celebrated in the United States each May. Every single year millions of adults, teens, and children face the reality of living with a mental illness. Books are a great place to start to better understand the experiences of those who live with mental illnesses as well as place to begin building awareness. Check out the list below for youth titles that have released in the past two years that tackle mental illnesses like OCD, anxiety, depression, and more.  
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Great Books for Ages 7, 8, 9 | 2022

"Tola is the youngest in her family. And the smallest. And everybody calls her Too Small Tola, which makes her feel too-too small."  --Too Small Tola by Atinuke
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Great Books for Ages 5, 6, 7 | 2022

"Summer feels like the last golden hour of the day drifting into an indigo night."  --When Lola Visits by Michelle Sterling
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Great Books for Ages 3, 4, 5 | 2022

"My eyes gaze into space and glimpse trails of light..."  --Eyes That Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho Preschoolers are listening to longer books and asking LOTS of questions.  They are growing their independence along with their attention spans.  Bring your book lover to Richland Library and pick up one of these terrific titles today.  
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Kids in Print 2022

Congratulations to the illustrators and writers featured in this year's edition of Kids in Print 2022!

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Read All About It: Connecting with Our Community

"One day," said Wilson. "I will fix the roof on Gigi's house to keep out the wind and snow."--The One Day House by Julia Durango Whether it's helping a neighbor, volunteering or bringing people together to fix a problem too big for any one person, these stories of community let us know that we have the ability to make a difference in the lives of the people around us.

Aug 02 10:30 a.m.

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Richland Library Southeast

FUNtastic: MATH Tricks

Soon it will be school again. In this interactive, school preparation workshop, let us help you get ready as we learn fun ways for conquering those Math problems.

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An Amazing Children's Author: Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century due to her command of folklore, fantasy, and myth. Her storytelling reaches a vast audience, from the youngest board book reader to the young adult.

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Finding the Right Book for Your Child

Choosing books for your child is a bit like a match-making process.   Not all children will love the same books. To help you find the right match, we’ve curated some recommendations to try on and see what fits. 

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Read All About It: Taking Care of Mother Earth

"She took a deep breath, let it out slowly, and decided to make a change."--No More Plastic | Alma Fullerton Discover how pollution and litter damage the air, land and seas and what you can do each day to take care of our planet.  Earth day is every day when you read one of these books.  Find more great stories when you Read All About It:  This Land is Our Land.   
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That's Gross!

Does your kid love reading about, talking about, asking questions about "gross" things like poop, mud, and slime? You've come to the right place.

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Read All About It: This Land is Our Land

"This land was made for you and me."--This Land is Your Land | Woody Guthrie Whether it's camping with family or finding tiny, perfect things right in your own neighborhood, these stories will remind you of the wonder and beauty that's all around us.  Earth day is every day when you read one of these wonderful picture books.  Find more great stories when you Read All About It:  Taking Care of Mother Earth.  
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Read All About It: Tasty Treats

Check out these tasty treats that look good enough to eat--I mean, read.  Whether it's a delicious thick red stew shared with neighbors, a food truck rodeo or applesauce in your hair, these books offer a veritable buffet of cuisines and experiences to share together.  (Some of these books even offer recipes so you can make food with your friends and family!) Looking for even more good books?  Check out our personalized recommendations or call us at 803-799-9084. 

Jul 29 10:30 a.m.

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Richland Library Southeast

Lights, Camera, Action: Space Jam: A New Legacy

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Book Connections

Book Connections  provides a collection of instructional material about children's and young adult books and authors.

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A Year of Black History

A Year of Black History Continues   Folktales, comics and history ... here we are!  Also, Hoopla is allowing 15 checkouts for the month of February, as well as bonus borrows.  Hoopla offers many comic book/graphic novels to choose from!  Please, enter your email address and password associated with Hoopla.
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#OwnVoices: The Black Joy in Picture Books

"Black children lose teeth, learn to walk and talk, start Kindergarten, and tussle with siblings just as all children do, so books portraying them in these and all scenarios is not just appropriate, it should be the norm." - Kelly J. Baptist, author Below are Joyful books that reflect the everyday happenings in the lives of young black children.
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#OwnVoices: The Black Joy in Middle Grade Books

The experiences of young black children is not all rooted in trauma. No child wants to constantly read about oppression, hardships and struggles. There is Joy in being black and it is important for children to not just seem themselves in books but see themselves in a positive light. The books below are simply about Black kids just living!
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CSMCL's Best Multicultural Children's Novels and Nonfiction of 2021

The following novels and nonfiction books were all named in the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature's Best Multicultural Children's Books of 2021. Want to learn more about diverse books? Check out this blog post. Want more books?  Ask your librarian for their recommendations or call the Children's Room at Richland Library Main (803.929.3434).  We can send books to your closest Richland Library location!
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CSMCL's Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2021

The following picture books were all named in the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature's Best Multicultural Children's Books of 2021. Want to learn more about diverse books? Check out this blog post. Want more books?  Ask your librarian for their recommendations or call the Children's Room at Richland Library Main (803.929.3434).  We can send books to your closest Richland Library location!  
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#OwnVoices: Middle Grade Books of 2021

While it is important for young children to see themselves in pictures books, it is equally important for older children to relate to the characters in the books they read. Below you can find a list of #OwnVoices books released in 2021 and written by African American authors for older children.
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#OwnVoices: Picture Books of 2021

Each year  #OwnVoices authors and illustrators work to close the gap and insure that the black and brown community is equally represented in the literary world. Below you can find a list of picture books published in 2021 written and/or illustrated by African Americans.
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Top Checkouts 2021: Children's eBooks 📱

Curious as to what your friends' and neighbors' children were reading in 2021? Us too!  Long story, short. It was a good year to be a wimpy kid, a teen wizard, or Dog Man.  
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Top Checkouts 2021: Children's Audiobooks 🎧

Curious as to what your friends' and neighbors' children were listening to in 2021? Us too!  Long story, short. It was a good year to be a teen with magical powers. 
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Top Checkouts of 2021

2021 ushered in a year of stellar new releases from old favorites, a barrage of debut authors, and lots of titles that broadened our bookshelves (and minds) and filled up our streaming queues. Here's a look at the top 10 books, movies, and songs by age group and format. 

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Peppermint Catapults

Launch yourself into the holiday spirit by learning how to create a peppermint catapult.

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Dinner Table Talks: Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story

Dinner Table Talks create the opportunity for families to have important conversations centered around books.  This conversation focuses on the nonfiction children's biography, Buffalo Bird Girl:  A Hidatsa Story by S.D. Nelson.  

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Read All About It: Indigenous and Native Picture Book Biographies

Discover the true stories and history of Indigenous and Native people of North America in these picture book titles.   Looking for even more good books?  Check out our personalized recommendations or call us at 803-799-9084. Find more resources on race, equity, and inclusion, here.
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A-maize-ing Corn Husk Dolls

A perfect Fall activity to spice up your holiday; the art of corn husk doll making is steeped in tradition and fun for the whole family. 

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StoryWalk®: I Am a Bird Read-Alikes

Visit Richland Library's I Am a Bird StoryWalk® at Riverfront Park & Historic Columbia Canal and get your family soaring and gliding while enjoying a great story.  Next, check out some of these good books to continue the fun at home!  Looking for even more good books?  Check out our personalized recommendations or call us at 803-799-9084. 
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Dinner Table Talks: Fry Bread

Inspired by his family, author Kevin Noble Maillard writes about the love a family has for each other and how the food they make, in this case fry bread, brings them even closer together.