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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

Keeping Kids Safe Online

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Find tips to keep kids safe online

Kits

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Sensory, STEM and Play Kits

Race Relations

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Book lists, movies, and activities for all ages to increase understanding about race.

Book Lists

#ownvoices Asian and Asian American Authors

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Here are a few recent books by Asian American authors with Asian American characters.

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#ownvoices East Asian authors

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Enjoy this collection of books written by East Asian authors. East Asia is a large expanse of territory with China as its largest country. This region also includes Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan.

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#ownvoices Latinx 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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#ownvoices Picture books by African American Authors: NEW!

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Great books written by African American authors and published within the last 2 years. Some authors you may have heard of before, others may be brand new to the scene! The collection has many age ranges inside.

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#ownvoices 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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#ownvoices 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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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 and Prompts for Elementary Writers

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A book list for elementary writers curated by Claire Stano and Sheena Crenshaw of 826michigan. Check out the book, read, then use the prompts below to write your own story!

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Books for Young Activists

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Get inspired to make change!

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Bullying

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Learn to stand up for yourself, recognize your own bullying behavior, and understand what it means to be kind through these books, recommended for ages 3-8.

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Celebrating neurodiversity

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Celebrating neurodiversity recognizes and brings awareness to brain diversity.  Down syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Emotional Dysregulation, Anxiety, Learning Challenges and others disorders can be included in this discussion.  This collection of books introduce kids to this dialogue.  Reading about neurodiversity develops empathy, acceptance and can create a safe space for children to ask questions.

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Childhood Resilience

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Stories of children who faced adversity unflinchingly.

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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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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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Grief & Loss

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Loss of a loved one is a big moment in a child’s life. These books can help you talk about death, loss, and grieving with a child ages 3-9. This is a big collection with many different angles and concepts.

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Kids Books About Gardening

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Learn all about gardening in these nonfiction books for kids.

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Maker and STEM Books for Kids

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Learn and create at home with hands-on activities detailed in these books. Fun for the entire family!

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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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Netflix Bookmarks

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Books that spark kid-friendly conversations about empathy, equality, self-love and antiracism!

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