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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

Book Club Kits

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Multiple copies of great books with discussion prompts

Book Groups

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Current monthly book groups at YDL

Family Read

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A Community Read for kids & families

Hand-Picked for You!

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Let library staff pick out some great new titles for you.

Homework Help

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In-person or online

Race Relations

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Our librarians and library staff have worked hard to compile resources that elevate the conversation on race relations.

Sensory Play Kits

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Toys designed for people with sensory difficulties

Summer Challenge

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Read, Learn, Explore

Summer Learning

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Fun activities for all ages every week during the summer!

Tween Advisory Board

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Plan library activities.

Book Lists

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! Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Barnes, Derrick D. author. Write a detailed desc …

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Books for Young Activists

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Resist: 35 profiles of ordinary people who rose up against tyranny and injustice Chambers, Veronica author. Find in catalog Enough!: 20 protesters who changed America Easton, Emily author. Find in catalog ABC of Equality Ewing, Chana Ginelle author. Fi …

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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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Childhood Resilience

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Find books that tie in with YDL’s newest exhibit, The Power of Children, in this list. These are stories of children who faced adversity unflinchingly.

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Graphic Novels for Kids and Teens by BIPOC Authors

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KIDS Akissi Abouet, Marguerite, 1971- Find in catalog Crossover Alexander, Kwame author. Find in catalog Lowriders in Space Camper, Cathy Find in catalog Pashmina Chanani, Nidhi Find in catalog New Kid Craft, Jerry author, illustrator. Find in catalog …

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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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Books that can help you talk about death, loss, and grieving with a child ages 3-8.

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Kids Books About Gardening

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Learn all about gardening in these nonfiction books for kids. It’s Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden Ancona, George A portrait of a community garden, showing how citizens work together. Find in catalog A Seed is Sleepy Aston, D …

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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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Books to help kids practice mindfulness and meditation.

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Multicultural Books for Kids 7-12

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Books allow kids to see characters like themselves, or get a glimpse into other people’s lives. Both are important in today’s world!

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