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The Lessons of our Childhood Bears

There is no more iconic child’s first toy than a teddy bear, nor first story that does not have a bear in it. The rich history of bears in children’s literature include Winnie the Pooh, Paddington, Baloo, Corduroy, Little Bear, Goldilocks friends - Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Baby Bear and countless others. These cuddly and sometimes fearsome creatures have brought comfort and love, excitement and thrills and even more - lessons for life to children of all ages. Here are some of my favorites that have stood the test of time...

Children’s Author Chris Barton on Modern First Library

In early 2014, I read an article about a bookseller’s baby gift registry. I thought, “of course you should give those new parents picture books.” As a picture book author, I can assure you this was a terrific idea.

The only problem was that the newest book mentioned in the article was published during the Nixon administration. No potential shopper reading that article would come away with a sense that, right now, we’re in a marvelous era for new picture books. A more likely outcome would be, “I’ll just take GOODNIGHT MOON, please.”

Modern First Library

A sample of favorites from the Modern First Library.

8 Books about Diseases You Didn’t Know You Wanted to Read

I can’t ever get enough of plagues. From Camus to THE HOT ZONE, I’m fascinated. There’s something compelling about watching mankind cope with disaster. The bravery of those who stand up to diseases and the tenacity of those who discover cures is inspiring.

It may be surprising, but kids are also fascinated by diseases. Whether they’re interested in history or science, these titles bring just enough macabre factor to allow for some genuine learning.

Why I Read Children’s Books (and Some Recommendations!)

I don’t have children. I don’t even see my friends’ kids as often as I see the kids in my store. And yet, I read children’s books. All the time. I love picture books, middle grade readers, board books, and young adult books. Why? I read them because at their best, books for younger readers carry simple and impactful messages.

Back to School Picks for Kids

This summer, we’ve enjoyed filling our shelves with beautiful, inspiring books for kids of all ages. If you haven’t visited our children’s section yet, we hope you will! This special part of the store is full of books for every kind of kid reader, from board books for the little tykes to a wide array of titles for elementary and middle schoolers to a whole section devoted to young adult readers. Even though the long, empty days of summer which offer leisure time for devouring book after book are coming to a close, we hope kids will continue reading for fun throughout the school year.

Best Hat Books Ever

There are two things in this world that you will almost always find on me, a hat and a book. So, why not put the two together? Wear a hat while reading a book. Wear a hat while reading this. Just hold a hat. It doesn’t matter what kind. It can be paper, or cloth, or borrowed, or old, a princess hat, a businessman’s hat, any kind of hat. Hats transform the wearer and become a point of departure for all kinds of storytelling. Below I’ve listed a few of my favorite hat books (I recommend wearing a hat while reading them).


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