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Oldies, but Goodies | More Kidlit Titles to Add to the Read Pile

Happy September! Whether your classroom looks like your dining room table or the local public school, keeping kids fueled with interesting books is always a challenge. Here are some great kidlit books that we\’ve reviewed in the past. The titles may be older, but they are still excellent options. Planet Kindergarten: 100 days in Orbit …

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Sissy Goes Tiny

Happy Second Birthday to Sissy Goes Tiny!

{Guest post from Sissy Goes Tiny co-author, Becky Flansburg) Happy 2nd birthday to Sissy Goes Tiny! What a wild ride it\’s been! It started as a nugget of an idea between myself and bestie, B.A. Norrgard one sunny afternoon on the patio of a small-town pub. I had been in total admiration of B.A.\’s tiny …

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eBook Summer Reading Recommends for Readers of all Ages

Ah, summer. Everyone has been looking forward to sun, fun, and a much slower pace. As the world slowly begins to get a handle on COVID-19 and travel begins to open up, even more readers are on the hunt for books that are not only enjoyable to read but also easy to bring with them …

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A Spring of Foxes | Their Presence a Wonderment

We hear them at night and see them running through our forest. In the early morning hours, we spot them quietly moving through our yard. As Hulda gets ready to have a family of her own,  I never tire of seeing, observing, or interacting with them. Their presence here is a wonderment. ~Valarie Budayr Experience …

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Valarie Budayr Talks About A Year in the Secret Garden

Valarie Budayr shares the story of when she was young, she was drawn to play in the urban forest that was across the street from her childhood home.  In the suburbs was 24 acres of woodland that became the perfect place to run free and play. A constant companion during her adventures and pretend-play was …

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Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear  is a wonderful children’s picture book by Lindsay Mattock and illustrated brilliantly by Sophie Blackall is not only charming in every way but completely captivating.   Before it won the Caldecott Medal 2016, I had seen it sitting on a variety of bookstore shelves but hadn’t …

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Hybrid Book Buying | The 10% Shift Challenge

Many years ago, there was a Buy Local initiative called 10% Shift Challenge: A Small Shift Can Make a Big Difference. The premise behind this campaign was to encourage people to shift 10% of their weekly buying AWAY from online sources and spend those dollars with local independently-owned businesses instead. Why? Because a 2003 study …

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