In this article, we explore finding peace within. How can we shift our hearts and minds towards peace? How can we help the children in our classrooms do the same? What books, both for children and adults, can support our efforts?
For many of us, wandering around inside a bookstore is our Happy Place. It can also be a place of mystery, surprise, romance, adventure, how-tos, and an opportunity to tap into the knowledge of the universe. Here then are fifteen books for children that are set in bookstores.
Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret
written by D.D.
I loved first grade.
Fifty-one years later, I still have vivid memories of my teacher, Miss Follett. She played the piano every day. She read to us from her giant book of poetry. She showed us photos of her trips to exotic places, like Alaska and Hawaii.
At Halloween we screamed in terror and delight when she hobbled into our classroom dressed as a witch.… more
We interviewed Loni Niles, K‑12 media specialist in the Wadena-Deer Creek public schools in west central Minnesota. She shared her thoughts about books and life.
What is your favorite late-night snack?
I love popcorn and can eat it any time during the day, even for breakfast!
Favorite city to visit?
Chicago. Even though we moved from there when I was just a baby, I still take some pride that I was born there! … more
Warning: There’s a lot of enthusiasm ahead for these books!
Where Do Pants Go? Written by Rebecca Van Slyke, illustrated by Chris Robertson
Sterling Children’s Books, 2016
Well, this is just adorable … and I can already hear households throughout the English-speaking world chanting:
“Where do pants go?
On your arms? No.
On your neck? No.
No, no, no.
Pants go on your legs, that’s where pants go.”… more
Though I’m reluctant to admit it, some of the most rewarding moments of my career have come when I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone and attempted things I didn’t think I could do: write for teenagers, illustrate a book with tricky paper engineering, tackle nonfiction.
Note to readers: we are trying a new format this month. We want to make our blog more conversational. Let us know what you think.Phyllis Root: What scares you? How do you deal with that fear? And why do so many of us like to scare ourselves silly, as long as we know that everything will be all right in the end?… more
Arlo’s Artrageous Adventure!
David LaRochelle Sterling Children’s Books, 2013
When Arlo’s grandmother drags him to the art museum, he can’t imagine how he’ll be interested. Something odd catches his eye and he soon realizes the paintings have things to say that surprise and delight him — and the reader. Fun and quirky, with illustrations that will make you smile and flaps to lift that will reveal nuances in much the same way you discover something new in a painting each time you look at it … this is a good choice to prepare a child for a trip to the museum.
Favorite holiday tradition?
Without a doubt my favorite holiday tradition is carving pumpkins. It has become such a trademark of mine that people start asking in September what I plan to carve for the upcoming Halloween. I’ve learned to jot down possible pumpkin ideas in my sketchbook throughout the year, but it usually comes down to crunch time (the week before Halloween) before I finally decided on the 4-6 pumpkins I carve each year.… more
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