It is always the perfect time to read with a child, but during the winter it is especially warm and cozy. It is the perfect time to snuggle under a blanket and explore books with wintery scenes and animals looking for shelter, perhaps places to hibernate for the winter. Books that make you laugh, giggle, and wonder are the best. Books help us understand differences and teach us lessons. Some of these titles are old and some are new, but we love them just the same.

 We all know that 2020 has been a challenging year, and more than ever parents and caregivers are concerned about the emotional well-being of their children. 

The Beaufort County Library System has a treasure trove of books to share, in traditional print formats as well as digital resources. Check out or download a few of these favorites.

Are your kids ready for things that go bump in the night? 

Spooky, spine-tingling and suspenseful books are popular with many young readers, especially during the Halloween season. However, many parents are uncertain about how their children might react to their initial foray into the horror genre. 

Child psychologists say that children must be at a developmental stage where they are able to tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Though it depends on the individual child, experts recommend that children should be at least 8 years old.

Reading is a superior conduit for horror stories because young readers must use their imaginations to visualize scenes and characters. Educators and counselors also believe that reading scary stories may help children overcome certain fears and anxieties, as they are introduced to characters who deal with frightening situations, overcome challenges, and survive.

So, light the pumpkin and settle in with one of these hair-raising horror classics or bestsellers, guaranteed to send chills up your spine.


Whether you are a player or just a fan, sports can play a big part in our lives. If you need a sports fix, you can always turn to the bookshelves at the library to get back in the game.  Here are some suggestions for kids who love sports and reading.

Right after you learn that you are having a baby, you learn that babies seem to require tons of stuff. If you are feeling overwhelmed, do not be concerned. This list will assist you in finding out what to shop for as you welome your baby.