“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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