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

Teaching the Refugee Experience

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There seem to be many opinions all over the world about refugees, where they should go and how people should help. There are times when myths and misconceptions shape these opinions due to… Continue reading

Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri: Contest Closed

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Thank you, Daniel Salmieri, for sharing your guest post yesterday. If you missed it, we highly recommend taking a moment to read A Guest Post from Author/Illustrator Daniel Salmieri. Today we are excited… Continue reading

A Guest Post from Author/Illustrator Daniel Salmieri

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Before we started working at Mackin, most of us were quite ignorant of the entire process of making a book. We all read extensively, some of us even write, and a couple might… Continue reading

Review: Everless

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Everless by Sara Holland is one of the most unique fantasy worlds that I have read in quite a while and is a stunning debut by Holland. In the kingdom of Sempera, time… Continue reading

Book Review: In Other Lands

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Elliot Schafer was 13 when his French teacher took a handful of students on a field trip to an actual field.  Not very exciting, but in that field was a wall that none… 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

From 2 to Infinity: Writing by the Numbers: A Guest Post from Author John David Anderson

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We librarians at Mackin are much better at words than numbers. Having divided the nonfiction subjects and fiction genres between us, we read and evaluate only books in our areas. Math is always… Continue reading