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Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger Interview Anita Silvey Avi on Woody Guthrie Mary Casanova Knock Knock Debby Dahl Edwardson Skinny Dip Two for the Show Tomi Ungerer Teach It Forward Page Break - The Weasel Whisperer Reading Ahead Comics Confidential Melanie Heuiser Hill Kingfisher Treasuries

Bookstorm™: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Whether you include social justice, community service, activism, or social action in your curriculum or at your library, this is the ideal book for you. A biography of Pete Seeger, recipient of our National Medal for the Arts, and champion of the people for his 94 years, our Bookstorm this month, Let Your Voice Be [...]

Anita Silvey


We are so pleased to have author and educator Anita Silvey talk with us about her book Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger, our Bookstorm this month. Do you remember when you were first aware of Pete Seeger as a child or teenager? In my sophomore year in college, I came [...]

One North Star, Three Creative Artists

One North Star

Betsy Bowen’s book, Antler Bear Canoe: a Northwoods Alphabet, has been a favorite alphabet book for the last 25 years, reminding every reader about the things they love in their unique environment. Now, a counting book will sit alluringly on the bookshelf next to that title. One North Star: a Counting Book (University of Minnesota [...]

A Story for the Ages

The Rabbits' Wedding

For the past two years my husband I have had the good fortune to spend the waning days of summer in Door County, Wisconsin. There we have discovered a vibrant arts community. A bounty of theatre, music, and fine arts are there for the picking. This year, as I scanned the possibilities for our visit, [...]

My Work-Study Internship


The first college I attended was Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. It had a work-study curriculum in which half your year was spent working off-campus on some job relating to your professional aspirations. At that time, being interested in the theatre, I was offered and took a job at a Cleveland television station. A [...]

Below the Surface

Mary Casanova

Our park ranger, Earl, which is pronounced in three syllables in south-central Kentucky, asks one last time to reconsider this journey if anyone suffers from a bad heart, high blood pressure, or claustrophobia. He waits at the steel door at the base of a sinkhole.

Skinny Dip with Debby Dahl Edwardson

Debby Dahl Edwardson

For this interview, we visit with Debby Dahl Edwardson, author of the National Book Award finalist My Name is Not Easy and co-founder of the LoonSong Writers’ Retreat. Which celebrity, living or not, do you wish would invite you to a coffee shop? Anne Lamott. I feel like I already know her so well though [...]

Skinny Dip with Heidi Hammond

Heidi Hammond

For this interview, we visit with Heidi Hammond, associate professor at St. Catherine University in the MLIS program, long-time school librarian, and author of Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books: a Guide to the Illustrations, along with co-author Gail D. Nordstrom. Which celebrity, living or not, do you wish would invite you to a [...]

A Few Tall Tales from the Land of Rampaging Zucchini

Lies and Other Tall Tales

Jackie:  Phyllis, the zucchini seeds you gave me have grown into a plant that knocked on our back door this morning. I gave it coffee and it retreated to the yard, heading toward the alley. When I was a kid one of my favorite stories was the tall tale of Paul Bunyan. I laughed at [...]

Windows, Mirrors, Sliding Glass Doors, and Maps


“There seems little chance of developing the humility so urgently needed for world cooperation, instead of world conflict, as long as our children are brought up on gentle doses of racism through their books.” —Nancy Larrick “When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative [...]

The Weasel Whisperer

Lynne Jonell

Some writers have a muse. What is not so commonly known is that all writers have an anti-muse. I call mine “The Weasel.”

Life does not stop …

Lynne Jonell

An elderly relative has dementia. Caring for her has left me drained. I try to write but can’t …

Driving After Dark

Lisa Bullard

As an elementary school kid, my most vivid recurrent dream featured a road trip. In it, I’m in the driver’s seat, although it’s the car that’s in control. My two-years-younger brother and our two best neighborhood friends are also along for the ride. We are on a straight stretch of the two-lane highway that leads [...]

Driver’s Ed

Lisa Bullard

It’s amazing that I passed my driver’s test on the first try, since I can see now that I was a pretty bad driver. But I was an excellent test-taker, and the State of Minnesota sent me home with a score of 96 out of 100. Mere weeks later I backed the family van into [...]

Those Alluring Comics Storytellers

Comics Confidential

When I began working as, and thinking of myself as, a graphic designer, I assumed that all of my ideas would have to spring out of my mind … and that was terrifying. (Think of the oft-asked question, “Where do your ideas come from?”) I didn’t think I was creative enough or widely traveled enough [...]

Apples, Well-Being, and Family

Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie

Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story about Edna Lewis is a memorable book about growing food throughout the seasons and living off the land in Virginia. Wild strawberry, purslane, dandelions, sassafras, honey. As spring rides the breeze into summer, this extended family tends to their larder, taking full advantage [...]

Kingfisher Treasuries


There was a time—although it seems like it’s becoming a tiny dot in the rearview mirror—in which one birthday child or the other received the birthday-appropriate book in the Kingfisher Treasury series of Stories for Five/Six/Seven/Eight Year Olds. Those beloved paperbacks reside on my office shelves now, but it was not so long ago that [...]

Raymie Nightingale


Darling Daughter and I host/participate in an occasional parent-child bookgroup for middle-grade readers and their parents. We call it Books & Bagels and we meet at the bagel shop down the street from church and nosh on bagels while talking about books. I think we can safely say the bagel aspect of things increases participation—but [...]

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Inspired by our Bookstorm feature this month, Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger, there was a pot of stew bubbling in many a hobo camp during the Great Depression and many a hootenanny in the ’50s and 60s’. This quick-to-assemble version can stay in your slow cooker until you’re [...]

Word Search: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Pete Seeger was a master musician, a long-time proponent of people and racial equality and fair wages and workers’ rights and ecology and conservation. He cared about the world you and I live in and wanted it to be a better world for everyone. We’re honoring Anita Silvey’s biography this month, Let Your Voice Be [...]