Hilltown Families

Late summer means thunderstorms and, sometimes, hurricanes, too. Our collection of storm-themed books can be used to learn courage in the face of bad weather and to find resilience in...

Summer is here, and kids are looking forward to playing outside and enjoying the warm weather while swimming, riding their bikes and exploring. It's also an excellent time for reading. Even...

There are so many great books about camp that it's hard to choose just a few, so here are twenty books that...

Discussing death with our kids can feel like a difficult subject for many caregivers. Understandig age-appropriate responses to death can help guide us with our expectations of...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and in honor of this observance month, we've created a book list of middle grade and young adult books that address mental health.

Putting children to sleep is something many parents struggle with. How the bedtime routine is accomplished changes over time with the age of their child. From babies to elementary school age...

April is National Poetry Month! In celebration of this national observation month, we’re spotlighting verse novels, stories told entirely through poetry. Verse novels can provide readers with the opportunity to explore...

In late winter when the days are warm but the nights are still cold, the sap starts to run in sugar maples. Throughout New England, buckets and tubing begin to adorn...

February celebrates Black History Month, Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, and Snow! Here are reading lists and literary guides to connect you to the season with books for all ages.

With Valentine's Day serving as a catalyst, February is a time for practicing kindness in all its forms. Use titles from our library to learn about the impact that acts...

Driven by Martin Luther King Day, this month’s book list celebrates value-based learning in the form of civic engagement and service-based learning. Spotlighting diverse stories of civic engagement, this collection of...

From Our Library: A Booklist for Studying Seed Dispersal Fall isn’t just about leaves falling from trees – it’s about seed dispersal, too! As summer’s lush plants turn to brown, crumble,...

From Our Library: A Book List for Studying Bones

Bones are fascinating to study because they come directly from the insides of creatures - the very...

From Our Library: A Book List for Studying Immigration

Immigration is an incredibly important topic to study, perhaps right...

Literature in Context: A Community-Based Education Guide to Julia Alvarez's Return to Sender

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Literature in Context: A Community-Based Education Guide to Molly Bang’s The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher The grey lady is out for a day of errands, stopping by her local...

Literature in Context: A Community-Based Education Guide to Rebecca Rupp’s After Eli [caption id="" align="alignright" width="215"] Download the Learning Map, which links this book...

A lovely narrative of life on a Vermont farm during sugaring season, Jessie Haas' Sugaring also serves as a resource for learning the process of making maple syrup - from tree...

A short and sweet tale of a very young trapper's change of heart, Prize in the Snow can serve as a catalyst for both learning animal tracks and signs, as well...

Eve Bunting's beautiful words tell an emotional and thought-provoking story - one that sheds light on both the intense love and immense loss that are left when a loved one dies...

Shy Mama’s Halloween beautifully illustrates the experience of learning a new and unfamiliar culture. Though the book is set in the past (mid-20th century), the story itself is timeless, capturing the...

Dig into apple season with this perfect fall book! A young narrator brings readers into his home to share a family tradition of applesauce making, all the while teaching about...

Derived from the true stories of the countless native students who endured boarding schools in Alaska, "My Name is Not Easy" paints a portrait of a school trying to save students...

18 Story Books on Weather for Kids There’s a riotous energy this time of year: the mad leafing out of plants and trees, crazy bird song at dawn, unruly swarms of...

Beautifully blending nature and childhood imagination, this lesser-known work of Dr. Seuss' is surely one of his best! Incredibly detailed illustrations and Seuss' characteristic rhythmic, rhyming text tell a tale...

In this fantastic and creative work of children's literature, a family trip to the zoo serves as a reminder of the human need for authentic experiences in nature. Best if...

Sparking studies of eggs of all kinds, Ruth Heller's "Chickens Aren't the Only Ones" is a dense, informative, and beautiful nonfiction text. Basic enough for the youngest of readers but...

Books for Young Bards

April is National Poetry Month! Time to indulge in poetic forms of all kinds and kids’ books...