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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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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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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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Is there such a thing as children’s literature?

I classify myself as a children’s author. But there are writers out there who believe that’s the wrong classification. Mind you, these writers haven’t addressed me personally. In fact, they don’t know me. But I know — and respect — … 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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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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Writing update: Work is underway on ‘The Mountain of Dempsey Molehill’

I took some time off work last week to get to know Dempsey Molehill. Dempsey lives in Pickettstown, Illinois, and just started fifth grade at Pickettstown Unit School. Even though it’s June in the rest of Illinois, it’s August right … Continue reading

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