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Would you like to come flying?

It’s Picture Book Month again–time to look at Caldecotts or just marvel at your favorite illustrations. But what about a picture book that depicts invisibility?

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Can he guess his name? Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

“My mother named me after a cow’s rear end.” How’s that for a first line?

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Learners and teachers: a few picture books for back-to-school reading

Back-to-school books might not be on school supply lists, but they can be very helpful for easing the dread and/or butterflies that come with the first day…and I’m not just talking about the kids.

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Key words

For all that words are often disparaged over actions, they can do quite a lot. Poorly thought out words can hurt horribly, despite their speakers’ denials. But words can also, given the chance, act. A well placed word fights back, … Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf?

Who’s afraid of the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf? A rabbit with a piece of chalk and some not-too-shabby drawing skills, that’s who.

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Review: The Dark by Lemony Snicket

I knew I was in for something when I saw both Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen on the cover–two of the darkest-humored authors in children’s lit. I was half right; this is a dark book. (Ahem. Sorry.) It’s also a … Continue reading

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Quick review: Back to Front and Upside Down by Claire Alexander

One of the most frustrating things about kindergarten, for me, was trying to tie the teacher’s shoe. If we could do that, we got a pair of bright orange shoelaces. I and another kid couldn’t and didn’t, despite our best … Continue reading

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Vampirina Ballerina

What do Cinderella and a vampire have in common?

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Rare birds: Alex the Parrot by Stephanie Spinner

People have always been fascinated by whether–or what–animals might be thinking. So you have pet psychics, Garfield‘s deadpan snarky thought bubbles, Martha‘s cheerful verbosity, and any number of other talking animal stories. But thanks to some dedicated scientists, we know … Continue reading

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We’re proud of our local authors! Baby Parade by Rebecca O’Connell

We’re so proud of our local authors (and librarians)! Rebecca O’Connell, author of The Baby Goes Beep and Danny Is Done with Diapers, has written another fun book for busy babies.

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