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  • STEM Tuesday -- Digging Up History/Archeology-- Writing Tips & Resources
    STEM Tuesday — Digging Up History/Archeology– Writing Tips & Resources
    September 17, 2019 by
    Introduction (aka The Mike Hays “work-a-Jurassic Park-reference-in-any-chance-I-get” opening paragraph.) There’s some really cool experimental technology in the first part of Jurassic Park (I know, I know! There’s cool theoretical technology all over Jurassic Park but bear with me.). Take the Thumper, computer-assisted sonic tomography (CAST), technology, for example. The Thumper fires a lead slug into the ground creating waves which are analyzed by a computer to give an image. Dr. Alan Grant distrusts the technology but when the computer transforms the wave echo to yellow contour lines in the shape of a perfect juvenile velociraptor...
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  • 5th Anniversary for We Need Diverse Books
    5th Anniversary for We Need Diverse Books
    Happy Birthday to WNDB! Five years ago, Ellen Oh created We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) to push the publishing industry  “to help produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.” Since then, the non-profit has evolved from a small start-up and Twitter hashtag to a much larger organization that offers both activism on diversity in publishing and support for diverse authors. Their slogan, “Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book” reflects today’s emphasis on all children – ensuring a wealth of books for all communities...
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  • Indie Spotlight: EyeSeeMe bookstore, University City MO
    Indie Spotlight: EyeSeeMe bookstore, University City MO
    September 11, 2019 by
    Two years ago, we interviewed the owners of EyeSeeMe in St. Louis(www.eyeseeme.com) which was and still is the country’s only African-American children’s bookstore. We’re returning today to celebrate the store’s unique mission and congratulate the owners on its success in its four short years. Like many founders of independent bookstores,...
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STEM Tuesday
  • STEM Tuesday -- Digging Up History/Archeology-- Writing Tips & Resources
    STEM Tuesday — Digging Up History/Archeology– Writing Tips & Resources
    Introduction (aka The Mike Hays “work-a-Jurassic Park-reference-in-any-chance-I-get” opening paragraph.) There’s some really cool experimental technology in the first part of Jurassic Park (I know, I know! There’s cool theoretical technology all over Jurassic Park but bear with me.). Take the Thumper, computer-assisted sonic tomography (CAST), technology, for example. The Thumper...
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For Teachers / Homeschoolers

  • MG Novels in Verse: 5 Authors Share Their Love for the Genre
    MG Novels in Verse: 5 Authors Share Their Love for the Genre
    September 6, 2019 by
    If you’ve read Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, or Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover, or Laura Shovan’s The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, or Margarita Engle’s The Surrender Tree — or any other beautifully crafted novel in verse — you know how powerful this form of the written word can be. Here, five authors of middle-grade...
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New Releases

  • September New Releases!
    September New Releases!
    September 2, 2019 by
    If you were too busy for books this summer, September is the month to dive back in! Time to cozy up and grab a new middle grade read . . . and there are lots to choose from. Here are some of the latest out this month.   Owl’s Outstanding...
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For Writers

  • Writing MG Nonfiction: Top Researching Tips
    Writing MG Nonfiction: Top Researching Tips
    September 13, 2019 by
    I think half the fun of writing MG nonfiction is done before ever beginning to write. It all begins with research. I love to do research. I can spend hours just searching for that one really weird fact that sends me down another research rabbit hole. Those strange and little-known facts...
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