Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead book cover

As a parent, the time you spend with your child—reading aloud, chatting, and interacting in countless ways—is pivotal in helping them develop and thrive as a reader, writer, and thinker. From teaching your child the alphabet to playing rhyming games, you instill crucial knowledge and skills through fun, playful time together. Best of all, it builds your relationship, too—and can even help you feel happier and more fulfilled.

That’s why each month we share a special list of featured reads and literacy activities. Expect fun seasonal reading recommendations, complemented with activity tutorials and free printables for an all-out story time experience with your little one.

Books for Black History Month

We believe in celebrating the stories of diverse figures and characters all year long, but Black History Month is an extra reminder to dig into some books about black leaders, stories, and history with your child.

You’ll find no shortage of great reads in our many kids’ book roundups, such as What Color is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld, reviewed in our STEM books post. There’s also a wealth of great picture books in Chrysta Naron’s article, Children’s Poems by Black Poets You Should Know (And Love).

If you have an older child, you’ll definitely want to check out our article about acclaimed books for teens to read during Black History Month. You may well even want to read many of them yourself!

Books for Lunar New Year

We have a bunch of great book recommendations and cool literacy crafts for Lunar New Year on the site, courtesy of our contributors. For example, read How to Catch a Dragon by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton or Lunar New Year by Hannah Eliot and then follow our tutorial to make a DIY Lunar New Year lion puppet from a paper bag.

You can also read Ruby’s Chinese New Year by Vickie Lee and do a related Chinese Zodiac letter-sounds activity with your child, or read Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin and do a red envelope writing activity. Finally, help your child make a DIY Lunar New Year fortune teller for lots of fun interaction and practice with writing and reading!

Valentine’s Day Picture Books

It’s the season of love, and Valentine’s Day presents us with the perfect opportunity to explore the concept with our little ones. Check out our list of 14 children’s picture books about love this Valentine’s Day to jumpstart conversations about love in all its forms. Whether it’s love for the planet, love for our friends, or even self-love—let these titles take you and your child on a reading journey that highlights what it’s really all about as you explore and expand the concept.

Then build on your story time by doing a literacy-building activity with your child: Scroll down for a sweet Valentine’s Day DIY alphabet game and a “conversation hearts” printable.

Kids’ Books by Toni Morrison

Award-winning author Toni Morrison is widely lauded for her powerful writing that examines the black experience in America, with a particular focus on women and girls. Both a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner, she is best known for her classic novels The Bluest Eye (1970) and Beloved (1987), which was later adapted into a movie with Oprah Winfrey’s support. Her vast and impressive body of work includes 11 novels, nine non-fiction books, two short stories, and two plays.

What many people don’t know about Morrison is that her works also include eight children’s books that she wrote along with her son, Slade Morrison. These delightful and whimsical stories explore a variety of themes that will make excellent conversation starters during family read-alouds. 

It’s the acclaimed author’s birthday this month, so why not take the occasion to learn more about Toni Morrison’s books for children and choose some to share with your child? 

Story Time Activities


Upcycle a chocolate box into a DIY Valentine’s Day letter-matching game or do an easy conversation hearts reading activity with your child.


Check out our Lunar New Year literacy activities for craft tutorials and easy activity ideas to celebrate the occasion as you build your child’s reading and writing skills.

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