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  • Not (Always) the Lonely: Books About Only Children
    Not (Always) the Lonely: Books About Only Children
    February 21, 2024 by
    My friend Nicole—a fellow only child—recently sent me an article from The Atlantic entitled, “Why Are People Weird About Only Children?” Not surprisingly, the piece included the usual tropes associated with onlies: We’re spoiled, selfish, maladjusted weirdos who can’t get along with others or share our toys. We’re also bad at team sports, cooperative projects, and group-socialization in general. Why? Because it’s all about me, me, ME! This got me thinking about my own only childhood, where I spent Saturday mornings alone in my room, watching TV and scarfing Pop Tarts while my parents slept...
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  • American Library Association 2024 Youth Media Awards
    American Library Association 2024 Youth Media Awards
    On January 22, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, digital media, video and audio books for children and young adults at its LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience conference in Baltimore. Among these awards are the Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King awards. Congratulations to the following winners and honorees!  Newbery Medal Each year, the John Newbery Medal is given to a book selected as the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. The 2024 medal went to Dave Eggers for The Eyes and the Impossible, the story of a free and fast dog named Johannes who runs daily...
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  • Not (Always) the Lonely: Books About Only Children
    Not (Always) the Lonely: Books About Only Children
    February 21, 2024 by
    My friend Nicole—a fellow only child—recently sent me an article from The Atlantic entitled, “Why Are People Weird About Only Children?” Not surprisingly, the piece included the usual tropes associated with onlies: We’re spoiled, selfish, maladjusted weirdos who can’t get along with others or share our toys. We’re also bad...
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STEM Tuesday
  • STEM Tuesday -- Brain/Psychology -- Writing Tips & Resources
    STEM Tuesday — Brain/Psychology — Writing Tips & Resources
    The STEM Tuesday Gods Smiled. The STEM Tuesday gods must be smiling on me. First, the monthly Writing Tips & Resources posting rotation bestowed upon me the good fortune of October’s “Spooky & Scary Science” and now January’s “Brain/Psychology” as my topics. How lucky is it that both topics land...
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For Teachers / Homeschoolers

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    WNDMG Wednesday: Author Interview with Maleeha Siddiqui
    February 14, 2024 by
    WNDMG Wednesday: Author Interview with Maleeha Siddiqui I’m so excited to be able to introduce you to accomplished middle grade author Maleeha Siddiqui today. Maleeha’s newest book is ANY WAY YOU LOOK (Scholastic) and it launches on May 7, 2024. This book is a must have and a wonderful read,...
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New Releases

  • ANY WAY YOU LOOK cover
    WNDMG Wednesday: Author Interview with Maleeha Siddiqui
    February 14, 2024 by
    WNDMG Wednesday: Author Interview with Maleeha Siddiqui I’m so excited to be able to introduce you to accomplished middle grade author Maleeha Siddiqui today. Maleeha’s newest book is ANY WAY YOU LOOK (Scholastic) and it launches on May 7, 2024. This book is a must have and a wonderful read,...
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For Writers

  • Painting with an Allegorical Brush
    Painting with an Allegorical Brush
    February 12, 2024 by
    The messages we convey through our storytelling are important and lasting, and those that are evident but not directly stated offer readers plenty to think about. One way to get those deeper-meaning messages across while offering middle graders real opportunities to engage with stories is through allegory. What an allegory...
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