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In celebration of Black History, this month’s Open Sesame shines a spotlight on Jerry Pinkney and his illustrious career.

In this month’s “Open Sesame,” Cheli shares ten more notable books of 2015, including picture books, novels, and one of the best works of narrative nonfiction she has ever read!

In this month’s Open Sesame, Cheli shares ten new picture books that ring in holiday cheer.

In this month’s “Open Sesame,” Cheli reviews a pair of irresistible new picture books by two masters of the craft, Eric Carle and Kevin Henkes!

Do you know a young child who dreams of diggers and dozers? Who is a fan of firetrucks and a believer in buses and bikes? In this month’s “Open Sesame: Kid Lit Musings & Reviews,” Cheli presents six new books featuring things that GO!

Math is very much present within children’s literature, and there are numerous resources to support families in exploring math together… and making it fun! Be asked Beryl Hoffman, assistant professor of Computer and Information Technology at Elms College in Chicopee, and a homeschooling parent, what titles she would recommend for families wanting to supplement learning (and a love) of math at home. Here we have written about the many titles she recommended…

Zoobean: User Generated Curation of Children’s Book Recommendations Sometimes, browsing the children’s department at the local library for a perfect new book to read as a family can be overwhelming. If you’ve brought your kids with you, chances are there is little time to peruse the stacks, or you might just be at a loss as to what titles will match your child’s current interests.  Librarians in the children’s department are a… Read More

Kindred Souls – A Story About Love and Leaving Patricia MacLachlan’s new book, Kindred Souls, (HarperCollins) is a story about the love between a boy and his grandfather. 10-year old Jake and 88-year old Billy share a special bond. Jake’s mom calls them “kindred souls.” On their daily walks around the family farm, Billy talks about growing up on the prairie and his beloved sod house, where he was born. Jake cherishes… Read More

Take Me Out To The Ball Game: New Baseball Books for Kids In this boy-dominated batch of new baseball books, there are picture books and middle grade novels, action packed stories and baseball history, team spirit and individual courage. So, if your in-house sluggers are baseball crazy, try pitching one of these dozen new books to them. They just might hit a home run. PICTURE BOOKS F is for Fenway: America’s Oldest… Read More

100 Links (Spring/Summer 2011) Nearly every day we add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family, others, maybe not so much.  But it’s a fun and useful list worth perusing of online resource that are educational and entertaining! Where are these links? Hilltown Families Del.ici.ous Page!  This icon can be found at the top of our site,… Read More

100 Links (Winter/Spring 2011) Nearly every day we add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family, others, maybe not so much.  But it’s a fun and useful list worth perusing!  If you have a link you’d like to share, post it in our comment box below. Where are these links? You won’t find them on your blog… Read More

100 Links (Fall 2010/Winter 2011) Nearly every day we add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family, others, maybe not so much.  But it’s a fun and useful list worth perusing!  If you have a link you’d like to share, post it in our comment box below. Where are these links? You won’t find them on your… Read More

100 Links (Summer/Fall 2010) Nearly every day we add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family, others, maybe not so much.  But it’s a fun and useful list worth perusing!  If you have a link you’d like to share, post it in our comment box below. Where are these links? You won’t find them on your blog… Read More

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