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Kids & Parents

Learn, imagine, discover, create!

Find books, websites, homework help, and fun activities that inspire learning, spark curiosity and discovery, and connect kids and parents in the Ypsilanti community to each other and library resources. For kids 5 and under, check out the Little Ones page!

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Apps for Kids Ages 5-12

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Recommended Apps

Family Read

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A Community Read for kids & families

Homeschool Help

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Monthly supply packs and podcasts

Keeping Kids Safe Online

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Find tips to keep kids safe online

Summer Challenge

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Read, Learn, Explore

Activities for Anytime

Book Lists

Find a full list of book lists curated by YDL youth staff here!

Saturday by Oge Mora
Black Lives Matter

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It’s important for all kids to see books with characters of all colors who are just kids being kids, as well as stories of empowered, successful black people. Here are a few of our recently published favorites.

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Books for Young Activists

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Get inspired to make change!

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Food Justice is Social Justice
Food Justice For Kids

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Read a book about food justice, then find activities and learn more on our webpage all about food justice and food justice activists.

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New Kid by Jerry Craft
Graphic Novels for Kids and Teens by BIPOC Authors

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Graphic novels for kids and teens by BIPOC authors.

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Great Family Read Alouds

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Read aloud as a family, even after your kids learn to read! Kids can comprehend at a higher level than they can read, so keep reading aloud to build vocabulary and enjoy an unplugged activity together.

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Interactive Books for all Readers!

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Do you know a reader who loves to play with their books? Suggest some of the titles below for anyone looking for a pop-up, lift-the-flap, peek-through, pull-and-slide, or upside-down book adventure! If you know of a book in our catalog that has an inte …

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Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids

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Mindfulness and meditation are powerful life tools to introduce to our children. These tools promote emotional balance, self esteem, confidence, and so much more. Enjoy these picture books together to introduce mindfulness and meditation in a fun and accessible way.

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Ten Cents a Pound by Nhung N. Tran-Davies
Southeast Asian Authors

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Enjoy this collection of books written by Southeast Asian authors. This region includes countries of impressive diversity in culture, religion, and history: Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Transitions in Early Childhood

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Is it time for your little one to start solids? Worried about how to transition from a crib to a bed? Trying to prepare your young child to move? Here are some great books to help address your fears or concerns.

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The Little Black Fish by Samad Behrangi
West Asian authors

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Enjoy this great collection of books written by authors from Western Asia. This region includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Georgia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. You’ll find beautiful picture books that touch a range of topics as well as books for older children written with a West Asian voice.

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My Papi has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero
Youth and YA Titles by Latine Authors

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‘Latinx’ is a gender-neutral word for people of Latin American descent. This collection highlights the voices and experiences of Latinx authors.

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Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
Youth Fiction with Disability Representation

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Youth Fiction that feature characters with diverse disabilities.

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I am Not a Label: 34 Diabled artists, thinkers, athletes, and activists from past and present. Figures such as Frida Kahlo, Stevie Wonder, and Stephen Hawking are featured.
Youth Nonfiction with Disability Representation

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Youth Nonfiction books about living with a learning, cognitive, developmental or physical disability.

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