Category Archives: Reading

Why you should be reading aloud with older kids, too

I clearly remember the first time I read the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. I was about 9 years old, tucked away in the odds-and-ends room of my childhood home, surrounded by shelves and Sterilite plastic totes filled … Continue reading

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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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