Tag Archive: Candlewick Press

Wordless (Mostly) Picture Books

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Last week I posted a list of interactive books that are excellent tools for drawing readers and listeners into a story. Wordless books can be used to prod children’s imaginations, increase their vocabulary,… Continue reading

Popular Series Fiction for Middle School Readers

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A couple weeks ago I published a post about ongoing popular elementary series, and on another blog I posted about adult crossover series that would be excellent for high school readers.  Here I… Continue reading

Elementary Fiction Series Not to Miss!

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So many elementary fiction series are published that it’s hard to keep track of them.  However, the nice thing about not finding a series until it already contains several titles is that you… 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

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

Sneak Peeks at Upcoming Upper ES/MS Fiction

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One of my favorite things about my job here at Mackin is receiving advance reader copies (ARCs) from our publishers. In fact, the last cart of books brought to my desk contains ARCS… Continue reading

Talk Like An Animal

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When animals talk in an easy picture book, they often do so to teach us human values or lessons in proper behavior.  Such is the case with the picture books listed below, all… Continue reading

Why I Write Children’s Books: A Guest Post by George Ancona

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The latest in our series of author/illustrator guest posts features George Ancona sharing how he came to write for children. His curious nature and interest in exploring has led to an interesting life,… Continue reading

All Dogs Go to Heaven

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I am a dog person (check out my other doggy posts here and here). No apologies, no regrets—well, except maybe for the “lived-on” look of my couch. And while I love the look… Continue reading