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Turtle in Paradise T-shirts

To show off their Read Across Lawrence for Kids style, the young patrons of the Lawrence Public Library made t-shirts highlighting this year’s featured book, Turtle in Paradise, using various design techniques. This is a sampling of the finished shirts: Turtle in Paradise T-shirts.     Read More..


If You Liked Turtle….

Staff member Molly Wetta has created a great list to help you find more good reading after you finish Turtle in Paradise, the Read Across Lawrence for Kids book. Read Across Lawrence for Kids is a fun way for kids to “get on the same page” with other kids in the community by reading Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm, a story full of surprise and history. Join us Read More..


Read Across Lawrence for Kids!

This September, the Lawrence Public Library will celebrate our second annual Read Across Lawrence for Kids! Read Across Lawrence for Kids is a fun and unique way for kids to “get on the same page” with other kids in the community by reading the same book at the same time, and then coming together to enjoy a Read More..


Commemorate Lawrence 1863: Quantrill’s Raid Book List for Young Readers

There are many things I love about living in Lawrence, Kansas, one being that it is a town rich with history. A history that is celebrated and honored. This August, the city of Lawrence is all abuzz for the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid, the commemoration of a ruthless Civil War raid of the city by confederate guerrilla soldiers that ended in Read More..


Read Across Lawrence for Kids

The Lawrence Public Library is extremely excited to announce this year’s featured Read Across Lawrence for Kids book! The Newbery Honor winning, William Alan White shortlisted…

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm!

Last year was the inaugural year Read More..


Watch and Read: Tournament of Kids’ Books

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….Tourney time.  At the library that means one thing: TOURNAMENT OF KIDS’ BOOKS! The most checked out kids’ books of last year go head-to-head, tourney style; the winner to be voted by the kids of Lawrence! Brackets are available HERE and at the library. Read More..


Watch and Read!

Looking for a way to get kids hooked on books? Teachers and librarians are learning that an effective way do so is by sharing book trailers with their young readers. With that in mind, I thought it might be fun if we regularly shared some of our favorite new trailers with you. Read More..


Watch the Youth Media Awards Live!

Did you know that the Youth Media Awards are this Monday, January, 28th @ 10am CST? And did you know that you can watch the awards ceremony broadcast for FREE from the comfort of your home? It’s true! You too can enjoy the most anticipated event in children’s literature as the winners of awards such as the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz are Read More..


Youth Media Awards

During this time of the year librarians, teachers, and children’s literature lovers become giddy with excitement, and it’s not because of the upcoming winter break or holiday season. It’s Youth Media Awards season! The best of children’s and young adult literature will receive a distinguished seal of approval by the American Library Association (ALA) at the 2013 ALA Youth Media Awards on January 28th. Read More..


Best of the Best of 2012

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… It’s also the time of the year when various outlets such as the New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly award certain children’s books “Best of 2012”.

So who is the best of the best of 2012? Follow the links below to find out which children’s books make the cut: Read More..