Category Archives: Reading

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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REVIEW: A Literary Tea Party cookbook

I was walking through the newsroom where I work two weeks ago when a reporter waved me to his desk. “I know you like literary things,” he said. “Have you heard about this new cookbook that’s coming out?” He gestured … Continue reading

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A book’s surprise literary connection to home

The title wasn’t even on my radar when I stumbled upon it at the book sale last year. I added it to my stack merely for the sake of the author’s name — I’ve never been let down yet by a Richard Peck book, and like the others, this one didn’t disappoint.

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Thank you for the stories, Richard Peck

I met Richard Peck through Grandma Dowdel. She’s not my grandmother. In fact, she’s his. Not in the way you might expect, though. Grandma Dowdel is a character in Richard Peck’s novels “A Long Way From Chicago,” “A Year Down … Continue reading

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Representation matters. Here’s why you should care.

I didn’t think much about diversity in childhood. I grew up in a rural Midwestern elementary school district primarily comprised of white middle class students. A portion of the student body was Hispanic and Latino. Throughout my entire grade school … Continue reading

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8 books to empower young girls

“I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives, but as nouns.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton Today is Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s birthday. In honor of the suffragist and civil rights pioneer (and in light of the current political climate), here’s … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Out of My Mind’ by Sharon Draper

I wanted to love this book. I was introduced to “Out of My Mind” by fourth-graders at McKinley Elementary School in Ottawa, Ill. During a round of questions and answers, they asked me to name my favorite books, then shared … Continue reading

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