Picture Book Weekends: Sit-In

It's Black History Month and I am fortunate that our local library is full of engaged, enthusiastic librarians who curate amazing collections. I wish I had taken a picture of their Black History Month display. I think my favorite part was the biography of Beyonce that was next to the biography of Maya Angelou. That …

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My Day, Monday: Youth Media Awards!

This is an exciting day for book lovers. Today the American Library Association announced the Youth Media Awards at their conference in Atlanta. For those of us with To Be Read book stacks that rival the Empire State Building, it can be an unsettling time. How can I add even one more book to my …

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Picture Book Weekends: Star Stuff

This computer is out to get me. Seriously. I was without it for FIVE days because that's how long it now takes to put a battery into a Mac laptop. I won't rant about that topic anymore, but really? REALLY?  Anyway, I finally got my baby back last week. Last night I was about to …

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Picture Book Weekend: 365 Penguins

The picture book is one of my favorite art forms. A good picture book has breath-taking text, the kind that you savor, word by word. Each and every word is carefully chosen and placed on the page. And the pictures. There are far too many picture book illustrations that I'd like to frame and put …

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Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

I love books that honor and show value to the incredible imagination that kids are born with. "Iggy Peck, Architect" is one of those books. Iggy is a 2nd grader who has, since birth, been enthralled by buildings and construction. Towers built from diapers, castles of chalk, and a sphinx of mud...Iggy can build anything. …

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Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

As one would expect, each of my three kids has a unique set of talents and interests. It is always fascinating, though, when they combine those talents to create something together. My son is a storyteller. He was a born talker and loves to delve into the world of imagination. I think this is why …

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