Book Corner: Books Give Kids Taste of Travel Before Start of Vacation

Planes, trains, cars; beaches, mountains, cities; friends and family or brand-new faces. Whether summer travel takes children just down the road or across the world, it can be an adventure. Or, honestly, sometimes it can be frustrating or frightening. For children, traveling can bring a mix of emotions. They may be excited to see relatives…
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Book Corner: Building Empathy through Children’s Books

By Caroline Parr Developing empathy, reducing impulsiveness, improving decision-making even when upset – these are all social and emotional skills that children build slowly, with lots of help from caring adults. Locally, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board provides the Second Step program to schools and child care programs where children can work on these…
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About Anno

Mitsumasa Anno grew up in a traditional, beautiful Japanese village named Tsuwano, far away from any bustling city. Although he and his family lived near the sea, the mountains all around kept Anno from experiencing its vastness until he was older. When he was a child, he drew pictures of things he could see and also…
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Hello Lighthouse

Hello!...Hello!...Hello! A lighthouse stands on a rocky coast, beaming out a message to passing ships. While modern lighthouses are automated, that wasn’t always the case. Sophie Blackall’s Caldecott-winning Hello Lighthouse shows the life of a lighthouse keeper throughout the years. It explores his duties within the lighthouse and the ships that provide his only connection to…
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Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri

A monster under the bed is a familiar childhood terror for many. For the little tiger in Emily Tetri’s Tiger vs. Nightmare, however, Monster is a cherished friend, playmate, and champion. Every night, after Tiger drifts off to sleep, Monster fights off Tiger’s nightmares, keeping them from disturbing Tiger’s rest. Some nightmares are scary even…
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