Tag: Books

5 reasons you should watch Supergirl with your children

When my family used to sit down to watch TV together, we’d run through a litany of potential shows to watch together, with everyone saying why we should or shouldn’t watch certain ones. Often, we’d come up empty and just decide to read or hang out instead. But, then along came Supergirl – first on... Read more »

The legend of the Golem of Prague – and its appearance in children's and modern literature

I love when my six-year-old gets to go to the library at his school – simply because I never know what books he’ll check out that day. I always excitedly open his backpack to see what French and/or English books are tucked away inside of it. And, I’m never disappointed. A few months ago, he brought home... Read more »

The Zazoo: Building bilingual reading skills in young children

My five-year-old son is at magical age when letters become sounds and together they become words – words he can read on his own. All of a sudden, words are everywhere – hidden in plain sight. He delights in each word he’s able to string together as he reads it – at home, on the “L” train, along busy streets, at restaurants, or at school.... Read more »

Books that Open Children's Eyes to the World - Its People and Places

I always enjoy coming across books that help bring the world to my children. It’s an easy way to expose them to new people, cultures, languages and more – as we huddle together reading before bedtime. While a few stamps already adorn my sons’ passports, books offer us an easy way to explore even more... Read more »

Travel Around the World with The Adventures of Bella & Harry Series of Children's Books

My mother-in-law, Rhonda, is always quick to reminisce about the days she spent reading stories to her young children – now both grown adults. As a mom and elementary school teacher, she understood the importance of reading books and how it could enable children to learn new things, travel to new places, and let their... Read more »

Celebrating Dr. Seuss, his Messages and his Books on his Birthday

March 2 marks the birthday of the late Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to children everywhere as Dr. Seuss. And, the legacy of author, famous for writing witty, imaginative stories with a moral in mind, will be celebrated that day across the country – and right here in Chicago at Open Books. Bringing Important Messages... Read more »

February Holidays Galore: Mark Your Calendar for International Book Giving Day

February is shaping up to be a busy month, chock-full of opportunities to expose our children to the world. In addition to bringing in the candy-filled holiday of Valentine’s Day, February is the month we celebrate culturally diverse holidays like Chinese New Year (Feb. 10), Mardi Gras/Carnival (Feb. 12), Paczki Day (Feb. 12), and Purim... Read more »

Foreign Language Bookstores in Chicago: A Closer Look at a Few More Options

Back in October, I shared my woeful tale of needing to find a new foreign language-book purveyor in Chicago following the closing of Europa Books in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. At the time, I set out to find and explore other new and old options for me and my fellow foreign language bookstore fans. Since... Read more »

A Taste of Japan at Mitsuwa Marketplace in the Chicago Suburb of Arlington Heights

A few years ago, my family started a winter holiday tradition where we drive out to the Northwest suburbs to go to IKEA and Mitsuwa Marketplace. It’s hard to remember why we started this admittedly unusual tradition, but for some reason it has stuck. So this past December, we made our annual trek to the... Read more »

Holiday Gift Guide: Children's Presents that Celebrate Chicago and the World

Friday marks the official start of the holiday shopping season and the beginning of the inevitable rush to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. I always dread this time of year due to the insane amount of pressure I put on myself to come up with the ideal presents that will be... Read more »