By Tiffani Stewart - St. Charles City-County Library
Books are a great way to escape the world. Books are also a great way to enjoy the world! When you’re planning an adventure, learning about your destination before you go makes the experience that much more rewarding. (If you read reviews about a restaurant before you try it, then you can probably relate.)
You may not be traveling far from home right now, but our own community is full of experiences to discover, and the Library can help you prepare. Library staff have rounded up a few titles that are likely to please kids of all ages, and motivate your family to do something new together! Read one of these books, then explore an attraction in your area, or even your own backyard.
Read Freight Train by Donald Crews, then visit a train station.
After sharing this classic train story with your baby or toddler, you’ll want to roll into a local railway station, like the one in Washington, MO. See real-life examples of the colorful train cars from the story and talk about where they might be going. Over bridges? Through tunnels? Around town?
Read The Camping Trip by Jennifer K. Mann, then take a (backyard) camping trip.
Ernestine is beyond excited to go camping, and your school-age kids will feel the same. Set up a tent in your backyard or at a nearby campground like Klondike Park to roast marshmallows, tell campfire stories, and sleep outdoors. Did you know that you can even borrow a telescope or fishing pole from the Library?
Use recipes in Super Good Baking for Kids by Duff Goldman to bake, then deliver sweet surprises to your neighbors.
Have a budding young baker? Check out this book of delicious desserts from celebrity chef Duff Goldman. With more than 35 recipes to try, you can bake something new every day of the month! Once you choose your favorites, make tasty treats for friends or neighbors.
Read Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, then visit an art museum.
Your middle grade reader will be ready for a trip to a local art museum - online or in person - after they read this exciting art heist mystery. When an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears, a pair of young detectives will solve clues and learn about the artist to crack the case.
Take The Wonders of Nature by Ben Hoare, illustrated by Angela Rizza and Daniel Long on a nature walk.
Kids (and adults) will be captivated by hundreds of fascinating facts coupled with detailed images. Learn about rocks, microscopic life, animals, and more; then take this treasury to the Busch Memorial Conservation Area, a nearby park, or on a family hike to look up and learn all about the discoveries you make on the trail.
Read The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma, then enjoy an online ballet performance.
Are your teens always ready for a scare? This story of suspense is told in two voices, with one narrator still living...and one who is dead. Featuring an aspiring young ballerina, The Walls Around Us will help readers appreciate the talent and dedication of a dancer. Turn on a virtual performance from a local ballet company after you read - if you dare.
If the world is a book, experiences are its pages. Are you ready to start reading? Find books for all ages at the Library, then enjoy a virtual or real-life adventure inspired by all you’ve learned. If you don’t see just the right book on this list, contact Library staff using the “Ask Us” chat feature at myLibrary.org or stop by your favorite branch for help finding the read you need.
All Library facilities are open to the public for limited hours and offer curbside/drive-up services. Room reservations, passport services, and in-person classes & events are temporarily cancelled, but virtual programming is happening now. Get the details here: myLibrary.org/covid-19