A Chapter at a Time

First Chapter Books are kids entree to the world of the "library aisles". It can be an intimidating place for the kids and parents. Here is a quick list and some tips to make this a great experience for your family!

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Andrea Pearlstein
Let's Listen on Summer Car Trips!

Summer means so many fun adventures - often car rides! Some families love to listen to audio books together and its a great way to bond - discuss difficult topics - laugh - learn - explore! When selecting the right books to enjoy, you have to consider who will be in the car. I recommend elementary and middle grade books for families with mixed ages. Normally they will be free of intense situations and keep the plot moving fast enough to keep you listening! 

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Andrea Pearlstein
Book Review: Mr. Popper's Penguins (Children's Book)

I know that librarians love Mr. Popper's Penguins, but I had not read it myself, so figured a quick audiobook listen would work great! I downloaded it onto my Libby app (check with your library - free audiobooks!) and I was pulled back into the 1940s to the days of housewives, paperhangers and old fashioned radio! If you haven't read the story yet, I won't give too much away --- but Mr. Popper LOVES Arctic adventures and when he is not painting people's kitchens the

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Andrea Pearlstein
Finding Inspiration

A little like Alice - wandering and finding a new world - Inspiration comes to me in spurts and I often stumble upon it. It's so important to be ready for when the inspiration hits - to sketch, draw, write - to catch whatever is flowing through me. I mostly find inspiration in words,

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Andrea Pearlstein
Details. Details. Details

It's all of those little details, marks and texture that make art one of a kind. When I look at art, I love to see the artist's hand in the work - their brush strokes, pen marks, maybe where they covered over something. Each medium allows us to add details in different ways - the strikes in metal work - and each stroke leaves an impression.

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Andrea Pearlstein