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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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All of my stories begin at the dinner table

I wasn’t the first storyteller in my family. Even though I’m the first to write stories down and publish them, there’s a long history of tale-spinning in my family. Anyone who has sat at our dinner table can confirm it. … Continue reading

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A to Z: A program near and D.E.A.R. to the hearts of readers

Throughout April, I’ll be tackling 26 A to Z topics related to children’s literature. For “D” day, I’m honoring one of my favorite programs of all time: D.E.A.R. It was always my favorite week of the school year. On Friday … Continue reading

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Disney and Pixar, please stop killing parents

Last night, the hubby and I watched Disney and Pixar’s latest collaboration, “The Good Dinosaur.” When I first saw previews for the film, I wasn’t overly eager to see it. But last night was a humdrum evening and we decided … Continue reading

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That time I gave funerals to caterpillars

I was eight years old the year our home got covered in caterpillars. Well, not our home, really. But our property. They were everywhere in the flower gardens, the grass, the driveway. Tall, stalky holly hocks stood sentinel around the … Continue reading

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1,000 ways to improve your child’s literacy and ensure long-term success

What is the link between “Goodnight Moon” and academic excellence? Or how about “Green Eggs and Ham” and career success? The question may seem like a riddle, but the answer is no joke. Early childhood reading can have a lifelong … Continue reading

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How you can change the world with a good deed and a bow tie

One year ago, I learned the story of 11-year-old Colin, an unlikely hero who is asking us to make the world a kinder place with good deeds and bow ties. The story goes like this: Last February, Colin’s mother Jennifer … Continue reading

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