Magazines for Literacy

by Miss Rachel

Students, parents, and educators are now settling into their day-to-day routines. In my experience as a middle school language arts teacher, I know finding relevant and up-to-date texts (especially nonfiction) that are interesting to students can be tricky. But when you are able to find these types of texts, students often get to learn about topics they are interested while gaining important reading comprehension skills. Yay for cross-curricular learning!

Whether you’re looking for fiction or nonfiction texts for your young reader, the library has tons of options. No matter the reading level, we can find books to fit the bill; even if we are lacking books on a very specific topic, the odds are good that we’ll be able to order in a book or two from other Pioneerland libraries. But if you’re not looking for a specific topic, we have another resource for you to check out: magazines! We have subscriptions to several different magazines for kids to check out.


Looking for a well-rounded resource for your young reader? From crafting, to culture, to biology, to language, “Brainspace” has a little bit of everything. With fun experiments, recipes, games, and comics, young ones will have plenty to do! “Brainspace” comes out every other month and is targeted toward kids ages 8-14.

“National Geographic Kids”

As you can probably guess, “National Geographic Kids” offers tons of information about the natural world in a format that is more accessible to our young readers. With wild photographs, mind-boggling facts, and awesome animals, these magazines can inspire your young scientist! Kids 6-14 can enjoy this magazine with a new issue every month.


Novels can be quite a commitment. But little snippets of great writing may be just the tool to inspire lifelong readers. In “Cricket” magazines, you’ll find stirring stories with fantastic illustrations along with some fun puzzles too! These magazines come out 9 times a year and are geared toward ages 9-14 with a focus on literature and quality writing.


“Cricket” magazine has a couple of other publications that are for a younger audience. “Ladybug” comes out 9 times a year and is perfect for children ages 3 to 6. They contain plenty of tools to help your young one grow as a reader. Think of “Ladybug” as a kind of written-out storytime experience, with songs, rhymes, fun stories with pictures, and activities for little ones.


If your little one is more interested in the world of science, nature, and the environment, “Click” might be just the way to spark a lifelong love of learning. This magazine explores common questions that kids may ask like “What is fire?” and explores scientific answers and relevant ways that you see these topics in the world today. Like “Ladybug,” “Click” is great for kids ages 3 to 6 and comes out 9 times per year.


If your family looks for new recipes to try together, “ChopChop” has plenty to offer. In addition to cooking tips and nutritional information, “ChopChop” provides opportunities for young readers to work on language literacy too. This magazine comes out quarterly and is geared toward kids ages 5-12.

Where can you find all of these fun and educational magazines? We’ve recently moved them from the children’s section to the adult side of the library so that they’re now with all of the other magazines and newspapers. Magazine issues can be checked out for two weeks. At the library, we support literacy in all formats for all readers.

Summer to Fall 2023

By Miss Rachel

The end of the summer draws closer, whether we’re ready for the fall or not. But before we dive into the next season and the excitement and/or anxiety that might bring, let’s take a moment to reflect on the success of the Summer Reading Program here at the library!

If you stopped in this summer, you may have noticed our wall of speech and thought bubbles with the names of all the kids signed up for the program. Recently, we had to extend over to another wall because of the amazing number of kids who signed up: 309 total participants! For comparison, we had a total of 265 kids sign up last year. Not only that, we had 29 teens sign up this year, and they’ve read a total of 966 hours. Not a bad turnout for our awesome patrons!

We’d also like to give special thanks to all of the wonderful businesses in the community who contributed to our Summer Reading Program. Because of your help and donations, we’re able to get kids reading and building up skills they take with them for the rest of their lives. Thank you to Sweet Escape, Pizza Ranch in Hutchinson, Fantastic Sam’s, Subway, Litchfield Dental, McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Casey’s, Stockmen’s Greenhouse & Garden Center, and the Friends of the Litchfield Public Library – you all make this reading program a success!

Our young patrons were able to try new things and explore new interests this summer to help them with finding their voices. As many of them head to school, the library is still here to support all readers. Here is what we have scheduled for the fall.

For our littlest patrons, we have our baby/toddler storytimes on Wednesdays starting at 10:15am. This continues from August through the fall without a break. But our preschool storytime on Fridays will start up again on September 15th at 10:00am. We will be outside as long as the weather permits.

Our STEAM Labs and LEGO Nights will continue to happen once a month: September 12th, October 10th, and November 14th. STEAM Labs are for kids in grades kindergarten through sixth, and it runs from 4:00pm – 4:30pm. We ask that you call in or stop by to sign up your kiddo ahead of time. Descriptions of the STEAM lab activity will be posted on our website and Facebook page. LEGO nights go from 6:30pm-7:30pm and don’t have a sign-up — just stop in and build something cool with your young ones!

We also have our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program that goes all year long. Parents/guardians can sign up any young readers who aren’t in kindergarten yet. Any book read to your little one gets counted toward the goal of 1,000 books – this can include storytime books read here at the library! Does it count if you read the same book more than once? Absolutely! We encourage reading books multiple times with young ones! You can sign up for this program at any time throughout the year.

Thank you to everyone who supported our Summer Reading Program; from parents, to grandparents, to babysitters, and everyone who helped our young patrons make their way to the library, we appreciate you. While we will miss the hustle and bustle of all the kids in the library during the summer days, we love to be here for them when they need us for a recommendation for their next book report or help with a research project. Maybe they will stop in just to find a book that reminds them of sweet summertime. Whatever the occasion, we are happy to see young readers here at the library.

Back to School Books!

Back to School Books
By Miss Rachel

In just the blink of a n eye, summer is already wrapping up. Maybe you have kids at home who are so excited to go back to school. Or maybe you have kids at home who are less than thrilled by the idea of getting back into the classroom. No matter what kinds of feelings are happening about school, we have some new books to help get back into school mode!

“How to Be Confident in Kindergarten” by D. J. Steinberg

This tiny book packs a great big message for kindergartners getting ready for school! As your little one prepares to figure out all the ins and outs of going to school, they may need a little positive push in self-esteem. The rhyming verse in this book gives little readers a boost of confidence as they navigate some potentially scary situations – like raising your hand to ask your teacher a question.

“Bitsy Bat: School Star” by Kaz Windness

Bitsy Bat is pretty nervous for her first day of school at Crittercrawl Elementary. When she flies into her classroom, she quickly finds out she doesn’t fit in very well with her classmates. The more Bitsy tries, the more she is told that she is “wrong.” Will Bitsy get her sparkle back and shine like a star? Check this out to find out!

“Breathe Like A Bear: First Day of School Worries” by Kira Willey

Mindfulness is becoming a more commonplace term today. As back to school jitters set in, stepping back and taking deep breaths can help regulate the nervous system. In this story, Bear has some butterflies in her tummy that she tries to settle down. Each page ends with a question posed to the reader to get them thinking about how they handle situations. The adorable illustrations make this book even more comforting to read.

“Back to School, Backpack!” by Simon Rich

One of the most important school supplies is the backpack. But we don’t often think about how the backpack views going back to school. This story is told from the perspective of a very nervous backpack who just wants to make it through the first day. With each obstacle that poor backpack faces, all it wants is to not be alone.

While back to school picture books are pretty plentiful in the library, there are also many middle grade and young adult books about back to school anxiety and other stressful school related situations.

“Penny Draws a Best Friend” by Sara Shepard

Like so many others, Penny is anxious for school to start. At least she has her favorite after school activity to look forward to – art club! But friendship drama seems to be stirring this year. What can Penny do to bring things back to the way they were? This book has plenty of fun illustrations throughout the chapters, kind of like “The Diary of A Wimpy Kid” series.

“School Trip” by Jerry Craft

New York Times bestselling author Jerry Craft has come out with another graphic novel that teen and pre-teen readers will love. In this next adventure, Jordan and his friends are taking a school trip to Paris. With their excitement to see and experience all kinds of new things, will they take on all the nuances of a foreign culture with ease, or will they all end up feeling like the “new kid”?

We have so many books about school and school-related experiences here at the library. If you’re looking for something that your young reader can relate to on a personal note, come on in, and one of the library staff members will gladly help you find the perfect pick for your reader. From neurodivergence, to cultural differences, to varieties of interests, to different abilities, we have books for everyone to read and enjoy.


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