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    Diversity in MG Lit #26 Moving and Migration April 2021
    Moving is a watershed experience in a young person’s life whether it is across town or across the world. Here are six recently published or soon to be published diverse books about moving and migration. One of my favorite things about historical fiction is the window into seldom studied chapters in history. Letters from Cuba by Ruth Behar is an epistolary novel about a Jewish refugee putting down roots in Cuba while working to bring the rest of her family out of Poland during the horrors of the Second World War. Twelve year old Ester narrates her new and mostly welcoming life in Cuba in letters to the sister she left behind. It is based on the author’s own family story. (Published Aug 2020. Nancy Paulson Books, PRH) Land of Cranes by Aida Salazar is a contemporary refugee story set along the US-Mexico border. In spare and haunting verse, nine year old Betita tells the story of her family, fleeing...
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  • New Releases: April 2021
    New Releases: April 2021
    April 2, 2021 by
    April is a marvelous month for getting out of the house as the weather gets warmer. Whether you’re relaxing on your porch or exploring nature, there are several new releases for you to bring along. So, grab a book and head for the great outdoors! (Mouse over the titles for...
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    Diversity in MG Lit #25 March 2021 Early Chapter Books
    March 24, 2021 by
    Early chapter books are an often overlooked section of the middle grade book world. Yet they are a vital link in getting children from sounding out words and sentences to reading with real fluency. Early chapter books are read by kids as young as four and readers–particularly English language learners...
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  • A Teacher Shout Out for Informational Books
    A Teacher Shout Out for Informational Books
    March 12, 2021 by
    Times-are-a-changing, as they say. Robyn Gioia, M.Ed. Anyone who has been teaching understands this well. It’s been a rocky road, going back and forth from virtual teaching to brick and mortar. That means every system that was learned before the pandemic is being reinvented. Currently, my class and I are...
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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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  • Here There Be Unicorns: Creating Fantasy Worlds
    Here There Be Unicorns: Creating Fantasy Worlds
    February 17, 2021 by
    Are unicorns real? People through the ages have wondered about these shy, elusive creatures. Although sightings are rare, and captures even rarer, we can’t help being curious about these magical animals with their single horn and healing magic. Writers have long been attracted to unicorns, and many have written about...
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  • February New Releases
    February New Releases
    February 1, 2021 by
    Happy February and Happy Book Birthday to the following authors who have book releasing this month!     A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus For fans of The War That Saved My Life and other World War II fiction, A Place to Hang the Moon is the...
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