children's books

You might not know Chris Van Allsburg’s name, but you know his words. You may even read them to your children or grandchildren on chilly, holiday nights. The Grand Rapids-born author’s books like Jumanji and The Polar Express have been shared around the world, and he’s won two prestigious Caldecott Medals. Van Allsburg is coming to Western Michigan University’s Little Theater on November 15th to present the 30th-anniversary edition of The Polar Express.

Stanley Steppes and his son Christian holding copies of Steppes' book 'Christian and Daddy Go Shopping'
courtesy of Stanley Steppes

When should you start teaching your kids good money practices? Kalamazoo’s Stanley Steppes says right now. 

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is showing an exhibit called “Fantastic Rumpus” featuring more than 30 illustrators influenced by the late Maurice Sendak—the author of the popular children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. The exhibit is up until February 9th.