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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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BRB; I have to finish sniffling over this Harry Potter thread

I came across this exchange this afternoon while wasting time online (be warned that the image below contains a curse word): My first reaction to this thread was to tear up a little. Like most Harry Potter fans, Rubeus Hagrid … 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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Thoughts sparked by the death of Lois Duncan

The news of Lois Duncan’s death reached me today. Lois, a revolutionary author who essentially created her own genre of young adult suspense, died yesterday at her home at 82 years old. Her best-known title is probably “I Know What … Continue reading

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The latest additions to our home library

Over the weekend, I visited a library book sale to stock up on children’s books. Even though the husband and I don’t have children yet, we’re getting a head start on establishing our home kid lit library. We want to … Continue reading

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Is anyone else tired of reading ‘diaries’?

If you have any connection to kid lit, you’ve heard of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. And even if you’re not connected to kid lit, there’s still a good chance you’ve heard of the books. The series gets … Continue reading

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