Just For Fun

18 Authors on the Wackiest, Weirdest, and Worst Gifts They Received as Kids

To get in the spirit of the holidays, we asked authors to share the wildest gifts they remember receiving as children. From monochromatic clothing and terrifying toys to the most perfectly odd presents, their entertaining answers are as unique as the books they pen.


All Ages

9 Books That Celebrate the Meaning of Christmas

If you’re looking to keep the real reason for the season at the forefront of your Christmas celebrations, try reading these books with your kids this December.

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All Ages

2016’s Most Memorable Moments in Children’s and YA Literature

2016 gave us diversity, history, and quite a bit of fun. See what you think of our choices for the most unforgettable moments in the kids' book world from the past year and be sure to let us know what we missed!

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Growing Reader


5 Favorite Female Sleuths from Middle Grade Mystery Books

I love middle grade mysteries and capers — they are the reason I fell in love with books. To celebrate the genre, and the lovely leading ladies within it, here are five of the most fantastic female sleuths in tween reads.


Grown-Up Reads

The Best Books of 2016, According to Real Readers

We reached out to fellow readers to find out their favorite books of 2016. Consider adding these fan-favorites to your own wish list before the holidays, or buying them with all those gift cards you receive as presents!

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Growing Reader


Brightly Family Book Club: A Poem for Peter

This month’s book club selection is a beautifully illustrated biography of Ezra Jack Keats that introduces kids to the boundary-breaking author and one of his most famous stories, The Snowy Day.

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All Ages

The Children’s Books We’ll Remember Most from 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we asked the Brightly contributors, who spend so many of their days and nights surrounded by children’s books, to reflect back on the stories that stuck with them.

Illustrated Biographies for Kids


Growing Reader



12 Inspiring Illustrated Biographies That Introduce Kids to Diverse Heroes

Readers of all ages can find much to consider, relate to, and celebrate in these transcendent illustrated biographies of people who’ve had an impact on our lives and culture.



Growing Reader

Brightly Storytime: The Christmas Puppy

Pour a cup of cocoa, cozy up by the tree, and have your little one read along with the latest in our Brightly Storytime video series, The Christmas Puppy.


Baby & Toddler


Growing Reader

Holiday Printables & Activities

Get your kiddos in the holiday spirit — and keep them happily occupied — with these fun holiday printables and activities!