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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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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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Why Children’s Books Make Great Gifts

October 15th, 2013 by melissa g
It’s almost that time of year again…Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas…whatever the occasion, we’ve got the perfect gift for you.  Books! Yes, that’s right, Children’s Books!  They’re the ideal gift for any time of year, but they can come in especially handy during the holiday season. Whether it’s for your own child, a friend’s, or even Read More...

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7 Things I Love About “Counting By 7’s”

September 23rd, 2013 by melissa g
What do I love about Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan? I can think of 7 things, actually. Seems appropriate, right? 1. The cover: It’s simple, meaningful, and the red definitely stands out. Although, what is it about children’s fiction and fish on the cover? Remember Rules by Cynthia Lord and Out of My 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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The Last Bookshop

April 16th, 2013 by melissa g
Can you imagine a world without books? Is that the direction we’re heading? I seriously hope not, but this touching video by The Bakery explores that very concept. As they say on their blog, “We hope you enjoy stepping into this make-believe world where books have been forgotten. And hopefully share in our musings that Read More...

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Happy Birthday Judy Blume!

February 12th, 2013 by melissa y.
  What is it about Judy Blume and 40-something women?  We go crazy for her.  I believe it’s because she told us truth.  And her words and stories are timeless, so timeless that we have been able to pass her books on to our daughters because they are still so, so relevant. I would just Read More...

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

November 26th, 2012 by melissa g
It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a meme hosted by Jen and Kellee where we can share what we’ve been reading and what’s on our “to read” list for this week. The great thing about this meme is that it’s especially for fans of kidlit. So, the focus is on anything from picture books Read More...

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