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Creative Outlets
By LJ and SLJ editors
Playing games online with friends and family is a safe way to stay connected during the pandemic. It can also be very enjoyable to work on digital puzzles on your own. We feature a variety that will help you unwind this season. So, get ready to give your brain some exercise and go play.
image Enjoyable Games and Puzzles
By Melanie Kletter
We have rounded up a selection of our most favorite online games, including some classics, to help keep you occupied and amused during the winter months.
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image Food & Travel Memoirs
By David Miller
The following curated list of resources should appeal to budding cooks and culinary experts, as well as armchair travelers and globetrotters.
image Best Middle Grade Books
By Emily Beasley, Monisha Blair, Myiesha Speight, Ashleigh Williams, Taylor Worley
Twenty-five outstanding works made SLJ's list of the best middle grade books published this year.
image From Post-Passover to Peach Tree
By SLJ Staff
Dreidel-spinning llamas and locating the right flour for a holiday treat remind readers that there are so many reasons to celebrate, all year round.
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image The Best of Baking
By LJ Reviews
Recipes from celebrity chefs, accessible guides for beginners, adorable baked goods sure to make your mouth water; here are some top food and cooking titles.
image SLJ Book Reviews Editors' Favorite 2020 Books
By SLJ Reviews
We share the books that have stuck with us—whether as a welcome respite from the year's upheaval or as a work that resonated long after the last page was turned. 
image Novels for Teens Watching The Mandalorian
By Abby Johnson
Books to accompany the show set in the Star Wars universe about a bounty hunter who roams the galaxies with a fuzzy green infant in tow.
image YA Authors Recast Their Problematic Faves
By Mahnaz Dar
New books inspired by The Princess Bride, Grease, Empire Records, and The Phantom of the Opera correct the sexism, homophobia, and racial privilege in their source material.
image Ultimate Children's Literature Illustrator Gift Guide
By Travis Jonker
Recently updated and expanded for the 2020 gift-giving season, here is a collection of children's literature illustrator shops to indulge in this holiday season.

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