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10 x 10: The Best Books of the Decade

Best Kids and Young Adult Books

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • November 29, 2019

As we countdown to 2020, we're going to publish a series of ten of the best books of the past decade in ten different genres. 10 x 10! In order to finish by the new year, we'll be packaging two genres together in this once-a-week series. This week's lists are Kids and Young Adults. Here are our picks for the 10 best in each.  

Native American Stories

10 Books From and About the First Americans

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • November 20, 2019

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we are excited to highlight ten excellent books by Indigenous American authors. From picture books to young adult novels, these volumes have been chosen for their ability to intrigue, inspire, and inform.

Again! Again! Childhood Books We Wore Out

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • November 15, 2019

Many parents groan as their child picks the same book to read night after night. That one again? This behavior often continues into the teen years. We all had worn copies of favorites that we could practically recite from memory. With so many options available, why do kids gravitate toward the same books over and over?

Read-Aloud Books for Everyone!

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • November 08, 2019

Reading aloud isn't just for kids. Everyone benefits from the simple, calming act of picking up a book and enjoying a story together. It is especially important in this age of frantic, electronic, distraction. We have become so accustomed to the constant cacophony of our devices, we forget how important it is to unplug.

Start 'Em Young

5 Ways That Reading Makes Life Better for Kids

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • November 01, 2019

Sure storytime is something that most kids enjoy. But it's also good for them! The truth is that reading with your kids will set them up for a more successful and happy life. Kicking off Family Literacy Month, we share five of the proven benefits of making reading a part of every day—plus storybooks to go with each.

Library Magic: 10 Great Books About Libraries and Librarians

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • September 18, 2019

Libraries are magical and librarians are magicians. So many of us found our love of the written word amidst the sacred stacks of our childhood bibliotech. We'll never forget the sense of excitement as the librarian handed us a pile of delicious new stories. Not surprisingly, libraries and librarians show up in the pages of lots of great books. Here are ten that we like.

Cultivating Readers

How to Build a Classroom Library

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • August 28, 2019

Here at Thriftbooks, we take pride in being a resource to teachers. By offering great deals and discounts on used books, we help educators stock up on their most essential tools—books! Here are some tips and suggestions on how to create a robust classroom library.

8 Children's Books Perfect for Earth Day

By Emma Zaratian • April 15, 2019

April 22 is Earth Day, which makes this week a great time to teach children the value of our amazing planet. To that end, we've compiled a list of fun eco-learning books for a wide range of ages, from preschool to elementary school. Of course, every day is an opportunity to nurture an appreciation for the world around us, so don't be surprised if these books become year-round family favorites.

Kids Will Be Kids...Unless They Are Kidventors

By Beth Clark • January 17, 2019

Refrigerator art and experimental LEGO cars are proof kids have vivid imaginations, but sometimes they have ideas for ingenious things that change the world, like popsicles (age 11), the trampoline (age 16), swim flippers (age 11), and earmuffs (age 15). What would you do if your kidventor came up with a mind-bending invention that was actually viable? The parents of the kids below all answered, "Patent it, build it, and/or sell it!"

Curious What People Around the World are Reading? Us Too! Here is What We Discovered

By Beth Clark • December 27, 2018

Are you curious what people around the world are reading? Us too! So we decided to find out. Compiling the literary faves of 7 billion people is challenging, but we succeeded, and it's cool to see how united we are by what we're reading, in spite of our different cultures and languages. Think you can guess the world's #1 book? Keep reading to find out!

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