Story In Verse: Poetic Form & Fiction

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Narrative Poet, Teller of tales within verse. A heartbeat’s snapshot. With National Poetry Month just around the corner, reading and writing poetry has been on my mind lately. Humans have been telling stories in… Continue reading

CONTEST CLOSED: Fault Lines in the Constitution

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Thank you, Cynthia and Sanford Levinson, for sharing your guest post yesterday. If you missed it, we highly recommend taking a moment to read The Duo Behind Fault Lines in the Constitution: Guest… Continue reading

The Duo Behind Fault Lines in the Constitution: Guest Post by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson

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We have been hearing a lot of debate about the Constitution lately—what the original writers meant, what it means for us today. This blogger remembers learning about the Constitution in history class as… 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

Book Review: Captive Hearts of Oz

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We all know the story.  A young girl named Dorothy, living with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry, is whisked away by a tornado along with her little dog, Toto.  Her house lands… Continue reading

CONTEST CLOSED: A Life Erasing: A Guest Post from Illustrator Floyd Cooper

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Thank you, Floyd Cooper, for sharing your guest post yesterday. If you missed it, we highly recommend taking a moment to read A Life Erasing: A Guest Post from Illustrator Floyd Cooper. Today… Continue reading

A Life Erasing: A Guest Post from Illustrator Floyd Cooper

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“Giving kids a positive alternative to counteract the negative impact of what is conveyed in today’s media is a huge opportunity.”¹ This is what Floyd Cooper has to say about creating children’s 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

With a Bit of Love: YA Title List

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For the sake of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to take a moment to talk about love. Love and romance is a central force in the lives of many teens. It will be present… Continue reading