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The LamppostTwo for the ShowPage Break Lynne JonellRoxane Orgill Pairing Verse with NonfictionLibraries and LibrariansCandice Ransom, Come Hither, Big Green PocketbookWriting Road Trip | Headlights by Lisa BullardThe Lost ForestPage BreakSmall Press MedleyNonfictionary Sarah AronsonThe Animals of The Stuff of StarsBookstorm Just Like Rube Goldberg

Explorer Academy: The Falcon’s Feather

Trudi Trueit

Explor­er Acad­e­my: The Falcon’s Feath­er Tru­di Truett illus­trat­ed by Scott Plumbe (with a blend of pho­tos) Nation­al Geo­graph­ic Part­ners, 2019 ISBN 978−1−4263−3304−0 I’ve writ­ten a pri­or Read­ing Ahead essay about my love for The Neb­u­la Secret, the first book in the Explor­er Acad­e­my series. Now book two, The Falcon’s Feath­er, con­tin­ues the sto­ry and I […]



Fresh Air: Taking Storytime Outdoors

Outdoor Science Lab for Kids

We could nev­er have loved the earth so well if we had no child­hood in it.” —George Eliot  In the state of Iowa, where I live, the change from win­ter to spring is like an on and off switch. Yet, at the end of anoth­er vor­tex, Spring has final­ly come to Iowa. Spring is a […]



Friends, Friends

Jerome By Heart

Jack­ie: We two friends have been doing this blog since 2015. Yet, we’ve nev­er done a col­umn on books about friends. We know there are many, and many clas­sics, such as the always-sat­is­­fy­ing Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, or William Steig’s Amos and Boris, or James Marshall’s George and Martha. But today we […]



Waiting for My Editor, part 4

Lynne Jonell

I’m not just being WHINY here (well, maybe a lit­tle). But I have a FIRM DEADLINE for the fin­ished book.



Pairing Verse with Nonfiction

Roxane Orgill

Why write non­fic­tion in verse? If you do, is it still non­fic­tion? Good ques­tions in a time when gen­res are expand­ing. I’ve used verse in two non­fic­tion sto­ries: a pic­ture book, Jazz Day: The Mak­ing of a Famous Pho­to­graph, and a book for ages ten and up, Siege: How Wash­ing­ton Kicked the British out of […]



Libraries and Librarians

Library Lion

We’re post­ing this when it’s Nation­al Library Week, but we believe every week should be Library Week. If you love pub­lic, school, and spe­cial libraries as much as we do, add these books to your read­ing list and share them with your favorite read­ers. As always, if you have a book you believe should be […]



On the Way to East Dene

Candice Ransom

One day dur­ing this drea­ry Vir­ginia win­ter, I came across a talk by Susan Coop­er, giv­en at Sim­mons Col­lege in 1980. The talk was titled, “Nahum Tarune’s Book.” To explain the title, she begins by quot­ing an aston­ish­ing pas­sage from the intro­duc­tion of Come Hith­er by Wal­ter de la Mare, an anthol­o­gy of poet­ry first […]



Headlights

Lisa Bullard. Photo by Katherine Warde

Recent­ly, I’ve been think­ing back on a time when my focus was riv­et­ed on help­ing to care for a fam­i­ly mem­ber who was deal­ing with seri­ous med­ical issues. It’s been stress­ful to have this large “life moment” dis­rupt my nor­mal rou­tine, but it also brings with it a cer­tain kind of clar­i­ty. It’s kind of […]



The Lost Forest

The Lost Forest

How many books can you name that are about sur­vey­ing … and a mys­tery? I know. Right? And yet we see sur­vey­ors every day in fields, on busy street cor­ners, and in our neigh­bor­hoods. What are they doing? Would it sur­prise you to know that near­ly every acre of your state has been sur­veyed? That […]



Waiting for My Editor, part 3

Lynne Jonell

Wait­ing for my edi­tor: hours turn into days, days into weeks, weeks into months …



Kids & Books…Books & Kids

Last week I was a teacher-pre­sen­ter at a young authors and artists con­fer­ence for a cou­ple of days. Tremen­dous fun—the kids who come to these things want to be there and want to learn. They’re read­ers, writ­ers, artists! They are an engaged, engag­ing, and exu­ber­ant lot, which I enjoy immense­ly. I taught six ses­sions on bring­ing con­flict […]



Penny Candy Books

Imag­ine walk­ing into an old-time dry-goods store.  Hear the wood­en floor squeak.  Peer through the glass case at the won­drous dis­play of pen­ny can­dy.  Close your eyes and taste your favorite … root beer bar­rels,  red-wax lips, ropes of red licorice. Instead of sug­ary sweets, Pen­ny Can­dy Books offers a selec­tion of books that delight, […]



Five Things I Learned
Writing My First Picture Book Biography

Sarah Aronson

You would think that being friends with Tanya Lee Stone would mean I wrote lots of non­fic­tion. But the truth is, until I decid­ed to try and write a biog­ra­phy of Rube Gold­berg, I stayed far away from this genre. As a read­er, I loved it. As a friend, I learned so much read­ing Tanya’s […]



Teaching Is an Art

I recent­ly received a mes­sage from my friend, Amir: “Mau­r­na, I want­ed to get your feed­back on this arti­cle. I taught Eng­lish for 8+ years and my final M.Ed. project was on read­ing, so this is a pas­sion of mine. When I used to pre­pare NYC pub­lic school teach­ers for their licens­ing exams, they would […]



The Animals in The Stuff of Stars

Stay Close to Mama

When I first read The Stuff of Stars by Mar­i­on Dane Bauer and Ekua Holmes, I was cap­ti­vat­ed by the beau­ty of the book and its lyri­cal thoughts about the earth and our envi­ron­ment. Ms. Holmes’ illus­tra­tions invite us to look clos­er, to dis­cern the crea­tures she’s so art­ful­ly includ­ed. Ms. Bauer’s text includes a […]



Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Sarah Aronson

Just Like Rube Gold­berg author Sarah Aron­son shares her recipe for a yum­my, sug­ary treat, one that she believes Rube Gold­berg would have loved because he was a fan of Cool Whip.



Bookstorm™: Just Like Rube Goldberg

Just Like Rube Goldberg

Edu­ca­tors across the coun­try have been inspired by Rube Goldberg’s intri­cate, clever, engi­neer­ing-based, but unlike­­ly-to-be-made-in-real-life car­toons. Stu­dents are gath­er­ing to cre­ate their own Rube Gold­berg machines, using every­day objects in fun and inno­v­a­tive ways to accom­plish sim­ple tasks with fun results. Just Like Rube Gold­berg inspires all its read­ers with the details about Rube’s child­hood […]



Make This!

Make This!

Make This! Build­ing, Think­ing, and Tin­ker­ing Projects for the Amaz­ing Mak­er in You  Ella Schwartz, pho­tographs by Matthew Rako­la Nation­al Geo­graph­ic Kids, 2019 When pre­sent­ed with this book, wheels start turn­ing, ideas begin pop­ping, and your tem­per­a­ture ris­es! This is going to be fun. And a care­ful­ly thought-through learn­ing expe­ri­ence … but who needs to […]