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Accepting Differences in Gender Identity

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Before Alex and Nathan were born, I spent a lot of time thinking about names—most importantly, the meaning of the name. Only Nathanial means gift of God (he was also born the day… Continue reading

New Middle Grade Series Starters

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My last post was on new middle-grade stand-alone fiction, but there are quite a few new series that have just been published—or will soon. Animal protagonists, oddball families, demons from India, puzzles, and… Continue reading

New Middle Grade Fiction Titles

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Since no one can read all the books that come out each year (though we give it the old college try!), the librarians in Mackin’s Collection Management department divvy up the new books… Continue reading

You Can Do ANYthing! : Women Who Tried, Dared, & DID!

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Back in the mid-1970s, I was debating what I wanted to do after high school. My options seemed to be limited to nursing or secretarial work, and I was not thrilled about either… Continue reading

Black Characters in New Fiction

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Every February, we celebrate the achievements of men and women such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Octavia E. Butler, and Rosa Parks. Most of the lists that I’ve made… Continue reading

Tracey’s 2017 Fiction Favorites

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I have the same problem with fiction as I do with nonfiction. I like to read almost anything, though I must admit that my favorite genre is anything speculative.  See, even there I… Continue reading

Tracey’s 2017 Favorite Nonfiction

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Ever since I was young, I have liked reading popular science books, especially on biology and zoology, as well as history and other social studies topics. I would always have read books on… Continue reading

Tracey’s 2017 Favorite Picture Books and Graphic Novels

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At the end of the year, my thoughts always turn to the people on the children’s book award committees—partly because I’m really jealous of them. Jealous that they get to pick the books… Continue reading

Saving the Wolves

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The return of 14 gray wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 after a 70-year absence was controversial, but I was too busy raising my boys to pay much attention to the dispute… Continue reading

Firefighters & Fire Safety

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We have a fire station about two blocks from our house. When my boys were little, we occasionally walked to the fire station, hoping to see a firefighter or at least peek through… Continue reading