Family Conversation Kits available at local libraries

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has developed a series of Family Conversation Kits that encourage middle grade readers (approximate ages 8-12) and their families, through reading and talking about books together.

Each kit contains four different books about the topic, discussion questions, and a list of activities for further exploration. Topics include “Identity and Self-Love,” “Building Community” and “Justice and Activism.”

Learn more and place a hold on a kit at

Reading fiction, library representatives say, builds empathy and allows kids to explore their understanding of themselves and the world around them.

“Reading together and having open conversations about complex topics at a time when young people are beginning to develop independence can help to establish a strong foundation for a trusting relationship as kids enter their tween and teenage years,” they said.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, many children have by age 12 become set in their beliefs, making the years leading up to middle school a significant time for caregivers to talk with them about topics like bias, diversity, racism and self-love, NOLS representatives said.

These conversations help young people know the adults in their lives are a trusted resource for information and a sounding board when they have questions in the future.

The Family Conversation Kits are one tool that families can use to kick-start important discussions.

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