“Dino-mite” Birthdays!

  While looking up author birthdays recently, I made a discovery! Mark Teague, the children’s book illustrator, had a birthday yesterday on February 10th. Jane Yolen, the prolific children’s book author, has her birthday today on February 11th. Mark and Jane collaborated on the well-known dinosaur series of picture books. So let’s celebrate their collective…

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Ho! Ho! Ho! First Friday Giveaway!

Do you know the Christmas song, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas?” The singer proclaims that only a hippopotamus will do—not a crocodile or rhinoceros. Well, I couldn’t find a hippo, but I did find an adorable rhino decked out in a winter scarf that I’m pretty sure will do for this month’s First Friday…

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An Author Birthday!

This Friday, October 5, is author/illustrator David Shannon’s birthday! He has written and/or illustrated over 35 books for children. Click here for more information about David Shannon. Although his most well-known book is probably No, David!, my favorite is Duck on a Bike. It makes me laugh! Celebrate his birthday on Friday with a read…

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An Interesting Life!

Today is author Edith Nesbit’s birthday (born August 15, 1848, died May 4, 1924). You may know her from her novel, The Railway Children. I had to read her book, The Enchanted Castle, for a Fantasy for Youth course I took in college. The book truly was enchanting! So when I was looking for a blog topic today…

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A Tough Subject

“I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.” – George R. R. Martin   I relate to this quote because reading, for me, is about escaping my own life and becoming someone else. I mainly read fantasy,…

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Hop To It!

April is National Frog Month. I’m not ribbiting you—it’s true! Check out these lesser-known frog facts and then leap into learning with a sampling of free frog-related activities found at themailbox.com. Last, but certainly not least, tell us if you’ll be investigating frogs this April! Five Frog Facts Each frog species has a unique croak….

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My Top 5 Read Alouds

Wednesday, March 28 is Children’s Picture Book Day, and I thought it would be fun to do a totally subjective list of my top five picture book read alouds. When I say, “totally subjective,” I mean that I’m going to base this completely on which picture books were super fun to read aloud and brought complete…

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A Fishy First Friday Giveaway

There is definitely something fishy about this month’s First Friday Giveaway! The adorable plush and slightly plump fish pictured here caught my eye (yes, that pun was intended!) because of its color and gigantic smile. I then learned that my new finned friend was the main character in The Fish with the Deep-Sea Smile, a…

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