|Put your nose in a book(ish mask)By the LJ and SLJ editors
With coronavirus cases spiking dangerously in states across the country, there is more reason than ever to practice social distancing and wear a face mask. Levity is hard to come by in these dire times, but we aim to find joy where and when we can, often in little ways that bring a smile. To that end, we rounded up some of our favorite book-themed face masks for sale
, to keep you safe while proudly proclaiming your love of reading and libraries.
And even though many family road trips are canceled or postponed, summer is still a great time to enjoy an audiobook, perhaps on a socially distant walk in your neighborhood. Our resident readers' advisor recommends five titles
that offer escape and enlightenment.
While books on antiracism
for adults continue to soar on best-seller lists, it's important not to forget the crucial conversations
that can, and must, happen with children. We offer information and suggestions on continuing—or starting—discussions with even the youngest kids in your life.
For weary parents on the hunt for ways to keep kids of varying ages engaged and occupied, consider the near-universal appeal of gross but fascinating science, from creepy crawly bugs to the ins and outs of our digestive system. These titles
, many of which offer easy-to-do, at-home science experiments, are guaranteed to keep kids wide-eyed and occupied... at least for a bit.