Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library



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21st Century Kids: Explore Historical Mysteries

March 16, 2021

Historical mysteries are a unique genre, as they combine the intrigue of a mystery along with a specific time period in the past. Readers of this exciting genre are treated to wonderful adventure stories while learning about another time period.

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21st Century Kids: Explore the World of Science

March 09, 2021

In the 21st century, a wide range of STEM-related opportunities are now available to explore. Additionally, children’s authors have created appealing stories and nonfiction selections that inspire emerging scientists.

Spitzer Image of Star Factory W51 - The star-forming nebula W51 is one of the largest "star factories" in the Milky Way galaxy.

21st Century Kids: Look Among the Stars

March 02, 2021

Stars have always fascinated mankind. They are included in songs, children’s rhymes, poems, and stories. Stars have always mystified us, but their story has been unfolding throughout the ages. Here are some fun books to explore and learn more about mysterious stars and our universe.

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21st Century Kids: Inventors & Innovators

February 23, 2021

What sparks inventors to create? One can say the ability for inventive thinking is not out of reach. Innovation flourishes when an individual possesses strong problem-solving skills, an active imagination, and has the ability to see possibilities.

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21st Century Kids: Celebrate Everyday Heroes

February 16, 2021

Can you think of a hero in your life? It might be a relative you strongly admire or the neighbor next door who works at the local hospital to save lives. What about the kid at your school that stands up to bullies? Everyday heroes are everywhere.

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21st Century Kids: Travel Through Time

February 09, 2021

The fantasy of manipulating time is a theme in many books for kids. It would be amazing to travel back in time and make different decisions that impact the future. This time travel journey is possible through books, as creative authors can transport a reader to the past, present and future.

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21st Century Kids: Enjoy Winter Reads

February 02, 2021

The winter season can be challenging to endure. For some, extreme weather conditions prevent daily outside activities, and time inside the house is increased. For me, winter is a time to seek warmth and enjoy the crisper air inherent in the season.

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21st Century Kids: Telling Stories

January 26, 2021

Stories are born from ideas, experiences, observations, and the imagination. Even true stories have their origins. In the 21st century, would-be storytellers can share their stories in many different ways. Stories can be relayed digitally, visually, in print, and in the oral tradition.

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21st Century Kids: Making Magic

January 19, 2021

Magicians make the impossible possible; however, their illusions require extensive practice and skill. The magician’s secret is creating illusions that fool the human eye. This type of “magic,” differs from magic found in a fantasy novel, as it is the skill of the magician that brings the magic to life.

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21st Century Kids: Feel the Beat

January 12, 2021

The topic of “music” is very broad, as it covers a wide range of styles, instruments, platforms, and usage. Kids interact with music every day. For example, music enhances other mediums such as films.