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A to Z: Out loud is one of the best ways to read

Throughout April, I’m tackling 26 A to Z topics related to children’s literature. We’re more than halfway through the alphabet. Today is all about O and reading out loud. How do you typically spend 15 minutes? Maybe you spend two … Continue reading

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A to Z: Childhood literacy – can your child read this headline?

Throughout April, I’m tackling 26 A to Z topics related to children’s literature. In honor of the letter L, literacy is the subject of the day. Below, you’ll find excerpts of an article about childhood literacy I wrote in April … Continue reading

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The ultimate children’s story prompt generator

Last night I passed the Wal-Mart clearance section on my way to the auto section. My goal was to enter the store, find fuel injector cleaner, and leave with spending less than $5. It was hard to pass up the … Continue reading

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Illinois teachers, here’s an essay contest for your students

As a change of pace, instead of asking elementary school students to read, I’m asking them to write. I’m excited to announce the inaugural Sarah & Katy essay contests. Two contests are open to third- and fourth-grade students in Illinois: … Continue reading

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2016: The year of immersion

New Year’s resolutions seem to have gone to the wayside for many people. The new trend I’m seeing is to assign a theme to the year by choosing a word and making every effort to live up to that word. … Continue reading

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Kid lit isn’t just for kids

The name of the genre might be deceiving, but the truth is, kid lit isn’t just for kids. There are those who disagree (Ruth Graham outraged half the Internet in 2014 when she said adults should be embarrassed to read … Continue reading

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6 ideas for building your children’s library

Keeping plenty of children’s reading material available at home is an important part of literacy development. While borrowing from the library is an asset, nothing quite beats the convenience and joy of having a personal children’s library at home. Here … Continue reading

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