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  • STEM Tuesday--A Partridge in a Pear Tree and other Birds this Holiday Season-- In the Classroom
    STEM Tuesday–A Partridge in a Pear Tree and other Birds this Holiday Season– In the Classroom
    December 10, 2019 by
    I admit it. I have yet to see partridge in a pear tree. I have seen a turkey on a fence, a great blue heron on a play set, and a groundhog in an apple tree. I love watching birds and other wildlife in my backyard. I recently asked my #KidsNeedMentors 4th grade class if they’ve ever watched birds in their yards. Sadly, most of them had not. Perhaps reading some of this month’s great list of bird books will get kids excited to look for birds on their own. For this week’s post, I...
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Oh MG! News

  • MUF Author Makes End of Year List
    MUF Author Makes End of Year List
    Congratulations to Mixed-Up Files contributor Rosanne Parry, whose book A WOLF CALLED WANDER has landed on one of the coveted end-of-year best-of lists. To see the School Library Journal list of top middle-grade books, click here: Way to go Rosanne! Confetti showers to you!...
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  • Cynthia Leitich Smith of the new HarperCollins imprint, Heartdrum
    Cynthia Leitich Smith of the new HarperCollins imprint, Heartdrum
    December 6, 2019 by
    The latest diversity in children’s book data released by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows the publishing slice for American Indians/First Nations books stayed relatively flat. This percentage increased only slightly from the 2015 data (0.9%) to 1% reported in 2018. The excellent infographic,...
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STEM Tuesday

All About Middle Grade Books

  • Cynthia Leitich Smith of the new HarperCollins imprint, Heartdrum
    Cynthia Leitich Smith of the new HarperCollins imprint, Heartdrum
    December 6, 2019 by
    The latest diversity in children’s book data released by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows the publishing slice for American Indians/First Nations books stayed relatively flat. This percentage increased only slightly from the 2015 data (0.9%) to 1% reported in 2018. The excellent infographic,...
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For Teachers / Homeschoolers

  • Cynthia Leitich Smith of the new HarperCollins imprint, Heartdrum
    Cynthia Leitich Smith of the new HarperCollins imprint, Heartdrum
    December 6, 2019 by
    The latest diversity in children’s book data released by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows the publishing slice for American Indians/First Nations books stayed relatively flat. This percentage increased only slightly from the 2015 data (0.9%) to 1% reported in 2018. The excellent infographic,...
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New Releases

  • Would your favorite childhood books get published today?
    Would your favorite childhood books get published today?
    December 4, 2019 by
    Writer friends often gripe that classic and modern classic children’s literature is rife with so many of the no-nos we are counseled to avoid. So much exposition! Too much description or flowery language! So episodic. Too much showing not telling. Not to mention the subtle or not so subtle references...
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For Writers

  • Cynthia Leitich Smith of the new HarperCollins imprint, Heartdrum
    Cynthia Leitich Smith of the new HarperCollins imprint, Heartdrum
    December 6, 2019 by
    The latest diversity in children’s book data released by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows the publishing slice for American Indians/First Nations books stayed relatively flat. This percentage increased only slightly from the 2015 data (0.9%) to 1% reported in 2018. The excellent infographic,...
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