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Keep It Colorful

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The snow may be turning everything white outside, but that doesn’t mean your reading material can’t be colorful. Take a look at these whimsical picture books featuring crayons. Maybe they’ll inspire your child to create some new art. Or you might … Continue reading

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Have some soup…

I don’t know about you, but I’m under the weather something awful. In the anthology Minificción Mexicana is a story called “El Letroscopio” (“The Letroscope”) by the poet Raúl Renán. It reads like a bittersweet joke, a fable that’s been … Continue reading

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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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It’s Chocolate Day–prepare for Cabbage Night!

“Do you remember what fun you had stealthily tying two cabbages to Deacon Ellis’ front door knob on cabbage night in 1867 or 1868?” 

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Gigantic Rubber Duckie, you’re the one…

On Friday, a giant rubber duckie floated on the Allegheny River. Cue the obligatory Ernie singing “Rubber Duckie” getting stuck in my head, followed closely by “Put Down the Duckie.” (My sister got that one stuck in her head during … Continue reading

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Jolly Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Ahoy! September 19 be Talk Like a Pirate Day over all the seas. Sorry; my pirate brogue ain’t savvy. But if I wanted to talk like a fluent buccaneer, I could use the Mango language learning site and take a … Continue reading

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In praise of grandparents

How did you celebrate Grandparents’ Day? If you have a grandfather like Papa Red in Christopher Paul Curtis’ “What? You Think You Got It Rough?”, you probably stayed far away from the rocking chair, trying to avoid learning the definition … Continue reading

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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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