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The importance of boredom

When I was a kid, it was usually around this time of year — at the height of summer vacation — that I started to get bored. The novelty of being out of school would wear off as June melted … Continue reading

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My name is Julie, and I’m an adult … really

Accepting adulthood was a process for me. My path to adulthood was unusual. In many ways, I grew up more quickly than my peers. High school teachers were quick to compliment my maturity and good grades. Outwardly, I seemed to … 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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A to Z: The story of Cleovet

Throughout April, I’ll be tackling 26 A to Z topics related to children’s literature. Today’s prompt is the letter C, which seems like a good opportunity to tell the story of Cleovet. From the imagination of Katherine Paterson came Terabithia. … Continue reading

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Plug in now and then, researchers say, but not for too long

I am an advocate of the unplugged imagination. What do I mean when I say that? The unplugged imagination is daydreaming and play that doesn’t depend on toys or games requiring cords or charged batteries. Promoting unplugged play encourages role … Continue reading

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From the mouths (and minds) of children

Last weekend, I was visiting my parents on the same day my nieces were visiting them. Sarah marched over to me and said, “So. For the next book, Milana says to include Cloud Men, Cloud Kingdom …” She began rattling … Continue reading

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Imagining adulthood

As a child, I imagined plenty of adventures and scenarios. Some days I’d hop on my bed, tie the bonnet I got at the Laura Ingalls Wilder home under my chin, plant a chair (or in my imagination’s eye, a … Continue reading

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