Get Ready for the Total Solar Eclipse!

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This year’s total solar eclipse on August 21 is a big deal! It will be the first time a total solar eclipse has occurred from coast to coast in the United States since… Continue reading

The Write Way

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Without great writing, the types of quality titles that Mackin and other book publishers/sellers put out on a consistent basis would not exist. As such, this Spark Post looks at the importance of… Continue reading

Right In The Childhood

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Remember all those books, shows, and movies you experienced as a child?  If you were born in the 1980s or 90s, there’s a good chance you’re seeing it all again.  Holy nostalgia, Batman!… Continue reading

Finding Hope In Ashes: A Guest Post From Laurie Halse Anderson

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In 2008 & 2010, author Laurie Halse Anderson released the first two historical fiction novels of the Seeds of America trilogy: Chains & Forge. Just recently (late 2016), the finale of the series–Ashes–was… Continue reading

Trail-blazing Women in Picture Books

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I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.  (Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own) Though this quote is a favorite of… Continue reading

Diverse Graphic Novels

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A few months ago I received a request to search for graphic novels with  diverse characters. In my searching, I was surprised by the lack of titles with this criteria, especially with the… Continue reading

Bicycles, Books, and Service Learning (Oh my)

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    While splashing through rain puddles, running errands, and joining in group rides—all month long I’ve been pedaling through my pledge to ride my bicycle each and every day of April. It’s called… Continue reading

Juana & Lucas Giveaway — Contest Closed

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First of all, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to Juana Medina for sharing her personal experience with us in her guest post yesterday. If you missed it, we highly recommend… Continue reading

Inspiration, where are you?: A Guest Post by Juana Medina

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Juana Medina’s Pura Belpré winning book, Juana & Lucas, was based on her childhood experience of learning English while growing up in Bogotá, Colombia. In the book, Juana has no interest in learning… Continue reading

The Truth Is In Here…

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A look at the “X-Files: Origins” YA series, as well as some other fun paranormal/supernatural offerings… Zach K.