Category Archive: Picture Books

We need diverse books

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We need diverse books. The movement that started as a hashtag earlier this year has grown into an organization with a mission to promote diverse books and authors. This is great news for… Continue reading

Interview : Author / Illustrator Mike Wohnoutka

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Today’s featured author/illustrator is Mike Wohnoutka, who has not one, but TWO books being published this month! When I read picture books, I often wonder about the creators’ thoughts and feelings regarding their… Continue reading

Picture Books : Who Let the Dogs Out?

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Which makes the better pet, dogs or cats? This question might be one of the most disputed issues ever, causing family and friends to fight like—well, like cats and dogs. Take my sister… Continue reading

Review: Maddi’s Fridge

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I recently learned September is Hunger Awareness Month. Coincidently, a children’s book recently crossed my desk that does a nice job of addressing the issue of hunger. So in the interest of raising… Continue reading

Two Biographies of Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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For fans of The Little Prince, we have two new biographies of the author Antoine de Saint-Exupery. I wasn’t familiar with his life, so I was  fascinated to learn his story and see… Continue reading

Trees

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I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the trees in my yard. I live in an old neighborhood, and my yard is packed with massive, mature trees. In the spring and… Continue reading

How does your Garden Grow?

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When my kids were younger I tried every trick in the book to get them to eat their vegetables. One of my strategies was to give them each a garden plot in which… Continue reading

The Little Things in Life

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Maybe you thought this would be about watching a beautiful sunset, sipping hot chocolate on a cold day, or any number of other “little things” we enjoy in life. Actually, I am being… Continue reading

Books of Few Words

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For those of you curious about what librarians at Mackin do all day, wonder no more! In this post I’ll give you a behind the scenes look and share a few books related… Continue reading

Review : What’s New? The Zoo! : A Zippy History of Zoos

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Since we live about six miles from the Minnesota Zoo, we often had a family membership there when my boys were little. When Alex, my older son, was a preschooler, we usually visited… Continue reading