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Two of My Favorite Author/Illustrators for Children

 How do you make sure the illustrations in your book convey exactly what you want them to? Well, you do them yourself. Leo Lionni was born in The Netherlands in 1910 and always knew he wanted to…

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Classic Children’s Books: Too Good to Miss

 I was chatting with a young mom the other day and I mentioned the classic Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik. She hadn’t heard of them and why would she? They were written in 1957! That got me…

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Homegrown Readers: New Cover, Same Good Information

     Although I’m retired from teaching I haven’t lost my interest in children and their literacy. I can’t think of a single life skill more important than fluent reading with solid comprehension. If a child can read he can learn…

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Get Artsy With It: Kids Love to Create

    Our schools are offering fewer and fewer opportunities for children to participate in the arts. Drama is long-gone from the daily curriculum and art projects are few and far between. And now even music programs are…

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The Positives of Unplugged Living

       The year was 1965 and the venue was the Newport Folk Festival. Long hair was “blowin’ in the wind.” The air was hazy with smoke when the crowd made ready to welcome Bob Dylan to the stage. Then the unthinkable…

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