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Crack the Code! 9 Books About Puzzles and Codes for 9- to 12-Year-Olds

Filled with secret codes and puzzles to solve and tantalizing mysteries to unravel, these nine books will keep your child glued to the page.

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Growing Reader

16 Great Chapter Books for Third Graders

As third graders develop more independence and the ability to read longer and more complex stories, the world of children’s literature really opens up.

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Growing Reader


Spring Forward: 13 Children’s Books About New Beginnings

From icicles to pussy willows and snowbanks to green lawns, spring is a time of renewal. Celebrate new beginnings with these picture books and middle grade reads about overcoming obstacles, trying new things, starting over, and remembering that we are always growing.


Baby & Toddler


A Timeless Tale of Transformation: Celebrating 50 Years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. What is it about this insatiable little critter that has captured our hearts for so many years?



12 STEM Activity Books for Your Middle Grade Brainiac

If your child is interested in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics in any of their many forms, we’ve put together a list of books that will help you channel their curiosity and fill the day with fun experiments.



Unexpected Paths: Encouraging Middle Grade Readers to Look Beyond the Obvious

Middle grade books have the power to depict different paths and how to find them at a time when everything seems to be changing in a young person’s life and the “right” path might not seem obvious.

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Tips & Advice

7 Tips for Listening to Audiobooks with Kids

If your family has never listened to an audiobook, getting started can feel daunting, so here are some tips to get you up and running.

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Growing Reader


Numbers Are Our Friends: How to Help Our Kids Conquer ‘Mathophobia’

One of the most important things we can do is to make sure our kids see math as “friendly” and relevant in their lives — and it’s never too soon to start.



Growing Reader


7 Thought-Provoking Books for Kid Inventors

These books (for the littlest readers to middle grade readers) drive home some of the most important qualities for inventors: creativity, resilience, and problem-solving.