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Wordless Wednesday

October 30th, 2013 by melissa y.
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Is Too Much Testing Killing Our Children’s Love of Reading?

October 29th, 2013 by melissa y.
Over 100 children’s book authors and illustrators certainly think so, and they have all signed a letter to President Obama to tell him just that.  The authors and illustrators of note include Judy Blume, Donald Crews, Jules Feiffer and many more. The letter states, “We are alarmed at the negative impact of excessive school testing Read More...

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Spooky New Stories for Halloween!

October 25th, 2013 by melissa y.
It’s that spooky, scary time of year again.  We have put together a little sampling of the newest, spine-tingling stories for all ages.  From picture books to middle grade, with a book of jokes thrown in, there’s something for everyone.  Happy Halloween Reading!   The Ghost in the House by Ammi-Joan Paquette This adorable ghost Read More...

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Throwback Thursday: The Westing Game

October 24th, 2013 by melissa g
This week, we’re heading back to 1979 when The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin won the Newbery Medal. The Westing Game is a perfect choice for Throwback Thursday because it’s just as good a read today as it was 30+ years ago! Who can resist a story about a dead millionaire who brings 16 people Read More...

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Wordless Wednesday

October 23rd, 2013 by melissa y.
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Twins in Children’s Books

October 17th, 2013 by melissa g
I just read The Two and Only Kelly Twins by Johanna Hurwitz, and it got me thinking that we really need a list of books that feature twins. So many of us have twins in our lives – my twin nieces just turned 3! And, if you don’t have twins in your own house, you’re Read More...

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Nikola Tesla – Alive & Well in Children’s Literature

September 6th, 2013 by melissa g
Has anyone else noticed that Nikola Tesla seems to pop up a lot in children’s literature? From picture books to YA, the name Nikola Tesla keeps appearing. The inventor may have died more than 50 years ago, but his legacy lives on today. Are you wondering who Tesla is? You can visit the Nikola Tesla Read More...

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New York City is Fun for Readers

July 25th, 2013 by melissa g
Step into the Great Green Room made famous in Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon. Slide down Alice’s rabbit hole. Touch a fur wall inspired by Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. You can find all this magic at a great new exhibit curated by children’s book historian Leonard S. Marcus. On display at the Read More...

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Children’s Book Week – VOTE NOW!

May 1st, 2013 by melissa y.
It’s that time again:  The Children’s Choice Book Awards are only 11 days away. So why not hop on over to their site and vote for your favorite children’s books – make your voice heard and have your kids do it, too!  Tell your child’s teacher, maybe they can even make it a classroom project. Read More...

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Grow a Socially and Emotionally Responsible Reader

February 7th, 2013 by melissa y.
As children’s book enthusiasts, we are the lucky recipients of all sorts of book related news and items from friends, colleagues and other book children’s book enthusiasts.  We enjoy receiving these little gifts, but we especially love sharing them with you, our readers! This list was sent by my school -psychologist friend and I am Read More...

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