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Owl Moon
Let It Snow!
In the far reach­es of the north­ern hemi­sphere, snow graces the win­ter land­scape and shapes the activ­i­ties of the sea­son. Pic­ture books set in win­ter typ­i­cal­ly fea­ture snowy back­drops. This col­umn takes a look at five Calde­cott Award-win­ning snow stories.
Gandalf Lives
Gan­dalf Lives!
I’m not cer­tain, but I sus­pect sto­ries have played sig­nif­i­cant roles in the lives of most librar­i­ans. We are sto­ry peo­ple, after all — their sacred keep­ers, and we delight in help­ing oth­ers dis­cov­er their wonders.
Bee-bim Bop!
Fab­u­lous Food
There are so many ter­rif­ic books about food! I could go on and on with selec­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions but these are a few of my favorites.
Library Girl
Library Girl
I eager­ly wait­ed for this book. I wasn’t pre­pared to fall in love, which I most def­i­nite­ly have.
The Librarian of Basra
Banned Books as Speak­ing Truth to Power
There is a dif­fer­ence between keep­ing peace and mak­ing peace. It is not about avoid­ing dis­com­fort and try­ing to keep every­body hap­py, but brave­ly join­ing in the work of jus­tice. There is a dif­fer­ence between keep­ing peace and mak­ing peace. It is not about avoid­ing dis­com­fort and try­ing to keep every­body hap­py, but brave­ly join­ing in the work of justice.
literary advent calendar
A Lit­er­ary Advent Calendar
This year, I decid­ed to do a spe­cial advent cal­en­dar for them. Each day of advent there was a Christ­masy quote from lit­er­a­ture, heavy on our Christ­mas pic­ture books. And chocolates.
Ablaze with Color
Art Will Out
This month we have been think­ing about the mys­ter­ies of the visu­al arts — how some artists must cre­ate, no mat­ter the circumstances.
Maizy Chen's Last Chance
Maizy Chen’s Last Chance
This book has every­thing going for it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wind up car­ing about the char­ac­ters, and you’ll want to eat at the Gold­en Palace in Last Chance, Minnesota.
Walking Grandma Home
Death and Grief
For those who are mourn­ing the loss of a rel­a­tive, a pet, a friend, a teacher, these books for young and old are rec­om­mend­ed by our subscribers.
The Shortest Day
Now that snow has fall­en in many places through­out the land, it’s time to cel­e­brate the frozen crys­tals in pic­ture books, non­fic­tion, and ear­ly chap­ter books.
Child Life
Mag­a­zine Parade
In which Can­dice F. Ran­som takes a look at Amer­i­can chil­dren’s mag­a­zines from 1789 to today.
Ashanti to Zulu
Abecedaria, Part 2
Not all alpha­bet books are for the pur­pose of ear­ly lit­er­a­cy, nor do they meet the cri­te­ria for tra­di­tion­al alpha­bet books … Still oth­ers are the­mat­i­cal­ly con­nect­ed, as are the fol­low­ing Calde­cott Hon­or ABC books.
Blueberry Crumble
Mushy Bot­tom Blue­ber­ry Crumble
A new recipe is always an adven­ture. I’ve recent­ly exper­i­ment­ed with low car­bo­hy­drate, low sug­ar recipes. Start­ing a new writ­ing project is just as much an exper­i­ment. Each book requires a dif­fer­ent look at research, and I build on what I’ve learned with oth­er projects.
J.S. Puller
Super­heroes and Lost Things
The titles of J.S. Puller’s first two books intrigued me so much that I imme­di­ate­ly checked them out of the library. Once I fin­ished them, I asked her for an interview.
Hero for the Hungry
Hero for the Hungry
So many young read­ers are activists already. How can they help becom­ing Hunger activists after read­ing this book?

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