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Jul 20, 2017

How To Buy Used Children's Books Online

Think of the internet as a giant used children's books bazaar, only without the pickpockets. Here's how to find the books you want, and get the most bang for your buck.

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Jul 07, 2017

A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea: Expectation vs Reality

In 'A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea,' Michael Ian Black dryly juxtaposes expecation versus reality to hilarious effect.

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Jun 03, 2017

Sea Horse: The Shyest Fish in the Sea

Sea Horse: The Shyest Fish in the Sea is a non-fiction look at the life of a sea horse swimming amid a backdrop of oft-changing creatures and vegetation.

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Jun 02, 2017

I Dare You Not to Yawn: Don't Let Mom See You Sleepy!

Yawns get you put to bed sooner than you'd like in Helene Boudreau's humorous I Dare You Not to Yawn.

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Jun 02, 2017

First Come the Zebra: Friendship in Africa

First Come the Zebra chronicles an unlikely friendship set against a backdrop of African grazers' annual migration from Tanzania to Kenya.

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Apr 19, 2017

Berenstain Bears' Big Bedtime Book: Mrs. Grizzle!

The Berenstain Bears' Big Bedtime Book features 6 famous fairy tales with a Berenstain spin.

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Apr 14, 2017

Felix: The Fastest Fish in the Sea, by Martin Fogarty

Felix the fish is handsome, fast, and undefeated as the ocean's most successful racing fish, but an unexpected turn of events throws him into a world he is unfamiliar with.

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Feb 23, 2017

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Review!

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, events take a dark turn as Hogwarts is threatened by Sirius Black.

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Feb 21, 2017

3 Times Lucky

Going soft-cover and printing in-country Well I think I've finally figured out a business model for self publishing. My first two children's picture books

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Feb 19, 2017

Freedom in Congo Square: Slaves Living for Sunday

Freedom in Congo Square brings alive the once weekly celebration by slaves within what is now New Orleans' Louis Armstrong Park.

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Feb 18, 2017

Du Iz Tak? Picture Storytelling in Insect Language!

The apparent gibberish and human-like faces in Caldecott Honor book Du Iz Tak? tell a story of nature and the cycle of the seasons.

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Feb 04, 2017

Snake on a Bike by Teresa Bresler

Teresa Bresler's poem, Snake on a Bike, tells the story of Roger, a snake who delivers the mail one day.

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Jan 08, 2017

Thoughtful Marbles by Laura Miller

Laura Miller's story, Thoughtful Marbles, reminds children to be thoughtful instead of reactive.

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Nov 19, 2016

Finding Winnie: The True Pooh!

2016 Caldecott Medal winner Finding Winnie is the true story of the real bear who inspired Milne's Winnie the Pooh.

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Oct 31, 2016

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: Good Boring!

A Swedish psychologist wrote The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep to help you get YOUR kid to sleep.

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Jul 17, 2016

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Review!

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2nd book in the series), Rowling proves herself a master of world-building.

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Jul 17, 2016

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Great Start!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the first book in the magical series, is also the simplest to read. The series grows in complexity,

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Jul 13, 2016

Red Sails to Capri: Mysterious Visitors!

Newbery Honor book Red Sails to Capri, by Ann Weil, is the fictionalized account of the rediscovery of a natural wonder, Capri's

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Jun 24, 2016

Ready for EBM?

Question to a published author...an editor wants to take my manuscript to an EBM. We're on draft number 2. She wants a few more changes. I want to follow

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Jun 21, 2016

A Single Shard: Orphan in the 12th Century

Linda Sue Park's deftly researched A Single Shard, set in 12th century Korea, is the story of Tree-ear, an orphan boy.

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Jun 19, 2016

Wheel on the School: Bring Back the Storks!

Why do the storks no longer visit our village? Meindert DeJong's The Wheel on the School shows kids seeking to answer that question.

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Jun 07, 2016

I, Juan de Pareja: A Painter's Slave

Elizabeth Borton de Trevino's biography of Juan de Pareja, slave of Diego Velázquez, the 17th century painter.

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Jun 03, 2016

Kildee House: Old Loner Needs Young Friends

In Rutherford Montgomery's Kildee House, a hermit goes to live in the redwoods but finds out he needs human companionship.

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May 30, 2016

Across Five Aprils: Growing Up in Wartime

Irene Hunt's Across Five Aprils is the story of a young farmboy, Jethro Creighton, growing up during the American Civil War.

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May 29, 2016

The Corn Grows Ripe: Modern Mayan Boy

In Dorothy Rhoads' The Corn Grows Ripe, a modern Mayan boy (1950s) comes of age after his father's accident in the fields.

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May 23, 2016

Shannon Duncan: Biography

Shannon Duncan is a young South African, passionate about children's literature.

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May 23, 2016

Black Horses for the King: Anne McCaffrey's King Arthur!

Anne McCaffrey's 'Black Horses for the King' is the scifi legend's young adult take on the King Arthur story.

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May 15, 2016

The Little Prince: Recovering Imagination!

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's 'The Little Prince' reads like a meta-story about the stifling of children's imaginations as they grow up.

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May 14, 2016

Bugs in My Hair by Michelle Mullins

Michelle Mullins' free kids story is called Bugs in My Hair, about a child who gets lice!

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May 13, 2016

Superfudge: Fudge is Back! (2nd book)

Superfudge is the 2nd of Judy Blume's Fudge books, with Peter in 6th grade and Fudge entering kindergarten.

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May 08, 2016

A Light in the Attic: Bite-Sized Shel!

Shel Silverstein 'puts something silly in the world that wasn't there before' with his classic A Light in the Attic.

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May 07, 2016

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing: Meet Peter

Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is the first of four in a series featuring Peter Hatcher and his two year old brother Fudge.

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May 07, 2016

Daniela Chamorro: Biography

Born and raised in Nicaragua, reviewer Daniela Chamorro has a B.A. in English from Amherst College.

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Apr 10, 2016

The Voice of Freedom--Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

Carole Boston Weatherford creates an 'autobiography' of Fannie Lou Hamer in Voice of Freedom: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Mar 07, 2016

Waiting by Kevin Henkes: Waiting Can Be Good!

Kevin Henkes' Waiting makes the case that waiting for something to happen--which kids do a lot of--isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Mar 06, 2016

The Magical Snow Garden: A Penguin Dreams!

In 'The Magical Snow Garden,' Wellington the penguin has it in his head to make a garden like the one he's seen in books!

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Feb 23, 2016

Snowy Bear: A Girl and a Bear as Friends

It's Goldilocks turned on its head in Tony Mitton's 'Snowy Bear,' when a baby bear seeking shelter finds a little girl home alone.

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Feb 23, 2016

Grandad's Island: Death Made Beautiful

In Benji Davies' 'Grandad's Island,' death is painted as a beautiful place you don't come back from.

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Feb 23, 2016

Tassa Dimitropoulos: Biography

Raised in Canada and now living in London, Tassa Dimitropoulos is a stay-at-home mom and former schoolteacher.

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Feb 06, 2016

Parrots over Puerto Rico: Bringing 'em Back!

In Parrots Over Puerto Rico, Trumbore and Roth tell the still unfolding story of the near extinction (and early stages of recovery) of the Puerto

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