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  • Storystorm: It’s Not (Just) for Picture Book Writers
    Storystorm: It’s Not (Just) for Picture Book Writers
    March 3, 2021 by
    Tired of sitting on the sidelines while her novelist friends participated in NaNoWriMo each November, kidlit author Tara Lazar created PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month), a monthlong brainstorming event for picture book writers: 30 ideas in 30 days. That was back in 2009. The event has since been renamed Storystorm, in order to be reflect a “broader range” of writers, moved to January, and now boasts nearly 2,000 participants from across the country and around the world—professionals, amateurs, teachers, and students alike. Ready, Set… GO!       With this in mind, and eager to...
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    Read Across America Separated from Seuss; Seuss Cuts Titles
    Read Across America, sponsored by the National Education Association, is a chance to get kids excited about reading. The annual celebration has also historically been tied to the March 2 birthday of prolific picture book author Dr. Seuss. But after years of escalating criticism of Seuss’s books for racist and anti-Semitic themes, imagery, and tone, the NEA began carving out an identity for the day separate from Seuss. It focused on inclusion, designing an event to “create and celebrate a nation of diverse readers,” and cut its partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Today, Dr. Seuss Enterprises released a statement announcing...
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  • March New Releases
    March New Releases
    March 1, 2021 by
    It’s almost spring, and books are blooming! With topics ranging from spirits to spies and poetry to pie, here are some new releases we’re sure you’ll enjoy. We’d love to hear about your favorite March releases in the comments section.   Golden Gate (City Spies Book 2) by James Ponti...
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  • STEM Tuesday -- Natural Disasters -- Book List
    STEM Tuesday — Natural Disasters — Book List
      Natural Disasters occur all around the world. Knowing how to prepare for them is important. But learning the science behind them is fun! So many books exist on natural disasters – this list is just a small piece of the iceberg. Disaster Strikes Five Epic Disasters (I Survived True...
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  • Allergic: Interview + Book Giveaway!
    Allergic: Interview + Book Giveaway!
    February 25, 2021 by
    Do you know a child who would love to get a pet but can’t because of allergies? I was one of those kids. It was great to read graphic novel about a girl just like me. I got to chat with Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter about their...
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