Kids Are Bookin’ It: ‘All American Boys’ a thought-provoking story of racial injustice that changes a community

All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely Recommended especially for Grades 7 – 9 and older “Rashad is absent from school again today.” At the local high school, this heavy sentence is written on the ground where everyone walks, where everyone will see it and be reminded. Rashad should have been there, attending…

Kids are Bookin’ It: ‘Trombone Shorty’ a magical, musical adventure set in New Orleans

Trombone Shorty, by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews Illustrated by Caldecott Honor Winner Bryan Collier Recommended especially for Young Readers ages 6 – 8 Where y’at? This fun, true story will transport you magically into the midst of a New Orleans neighborhood. This wonderful book describes the city in such exceptional language it stimulates your imagination…

Artfully Edmonds: Art classes for kids! Make plans for this week’s ‘No School Friday ART Day Camp”

ARTspot Art Supply ~ 408 Main St. Inspired by Picasso’s observation “To become an artist, one must go back to being a child,” Tracy Felix Fraker and ARTspot co-owner Denise Cole established two programs intended to appeal to children interested in color, multi-media, and textures. Their No School Friday ART Day Camp scheduled to coincide…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Last-minute ‘shop local’ suggestions, plus ideas for staying active as winter looms

When my mother-in-law mentioned suspected shipping delays when asking for present ideas for the kids sometime around Thanksgiving, I hadn’t heard anything about it. With 99% of our family out of state, we still have a couple of shipping nail-biters — though, thankfully, Santa was able to get the most important requests curbside or shipped…

Coronavirus Chronicles: Alley Bell pivots from in-person classes to virtual music-making

Making music in the time of COVID has called for inordinate creativity. Social distancing restrictions have made life especially difficult for performing artists whose life work—and livelihoods—normally depend on gathering crowds of people in ways that are severely restricted, if not totally out of the question, in these unprecedented circumstances. Notwithstanding the above challenges, Sarah…