Category Archives: children’s literature

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award name change is OK … and so is liking her books

This past weekend, the¬†Association for Library Service to Children made a change to a major children’s award. “Little House on the Prairie” author Laura Ingalls Wilder has long been the namesake of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which earned its … Continue reading

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5 great TED Talks about children’s literature

I got hooked on TED Talks over the weekend. Despite the fact I kept telling myself, “Just one more, and then I’m going to stop watching these,” I kept watching. (No regrets.) Below are five talks about children’s literature worth … Continue reading

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What the #$@& to do about profanity in middle grade fiction

One year my Battle of the Books reading list contained “The Runner,” by Cynthia Voigt. Battle of the Books was an annual in-school competition that allowed students to sign up as teams of four, read a list of books issued … Continue reading

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The latest additions to our home library

Over the weekend, I visited a library book sale to stock up on children’s books. Even though the husband and I don’t have children yet, we’re getting a head start on establishing our home kid lit library. We want to … Continue reading

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Is anyone else tired of reading ‘diaries’?

If you have any connection to kid lit, you’ve heard of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. And even if you’re not connected to kid lit, there’s still a good chance you’ve heard of the books. The series gets … Continue reading

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A to Z: Works in progress that make third-graders laugh

Throughout April, I’m tackling 26 A to Z topics related to children’s literature. For W day, I had the chance to visit McKinley Elementary and talk about my works in progress, among other topics. Here’s a glimpse at what’s in … Continue reading

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A to Z: Unplug your imagination

Throughout April, I’m tackling 26 A to Z topics related to children’s literature. It’s U Day, which means it’s time to address one of my favorite kid lit-related topics: unplugged imagination! I am going to begin with a disclaimer: I … Continue reading

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