How Do I Love Me? (and You, Too!)

As children learn and grow, the love they feel for themselves, their caregivers and their environments grow too. Close attachments allow children to explore their worlds from a sense of security and safety.

It’s Playtime!

Fred Rogers said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” For parents and caregivers, this is a great reminder of the value to children of time spent playing games, enjoying movement, and exercising their imaginations. 

Build a Better World—Together

Shared projects, friendly greetings, and cheerful exploration are some of the ways that the characters in the books below embody the idea of creating community. So check out some of these stories then consider making a plan to connect with the folks in your neighborhood.  

The Power of Trees

Trees are such an important part of our outdoor world and taking the time to look closely at them truly brings out their power. These books look at the remarkable relationships that can happen between humans and trees. 


Change can be hard. Transitions require time and energy and there’s not always a straight line from start to finish. Take a peek at the titles below and spend some time talking about how to put your best foot forward—and how to make the best of things when they don’t turn out quite how you’d have liked.

Whimsical Picture Books

Fantasy books are known for their epic battles with dragons, daring heroes, and quests to save the world. But what if you want a more calming, gentle story that still … Continued

Best Books for Babies 2023

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s annual Best Books for Babies lists encourage parents and other caregivers to read to babies right from the start—because learning begins at birth.

Sharing Stories, Sharing Cultures

Research shows that children begin to develop an awareness of race at an early age. As they grow, they become familiar with—and participate in—family and cultural traditions.   Finding ways to … Continued