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Hey, did you know the ninth annual 48 Hour Book Challenge is going on this very minute? The clock is ticking as you read this, so grab a stack o' books and get at it. What is the 48 Hour Book Challenge, you ask? Here's how it works: chose your starting time within the weekend and read as much of the time as you want. The books are anything from middle-grade to YA to adult. And you can blog about it during that time too. Some people go without sleep and read the entire 48 hours. Others challenge themselves to be part of the 20 Hour Club. Just 12 hours makes you a participant and elig...
March is not only Women's History Month, it's also National Reading Month. So what better way to celebrate the two than with a gripping read about some remarkable women at a crucial time in America's history. Mary Cronk Farrell's Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific (Abrams, February 2014) is designated for a third- to seventh-grade audience, but its appeal is much broader. I've talked about this title with parents and grownup friends as well as my own kids, and I simply cannot recommend this book enough. Not only does it detail the harrowi...
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Once upon a time, when my husband was just a little guy, he believed that all doctors were women. That's because his own mom was an MD. So it made perfect sense to him that this was how the world worked. But as we know, that's not the way it was. Medical schools today are graduating women at roughly equal numbers as men. But there was time when simply the idea of a woman aspiring to be a doctor was laughable. With the picture book Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell (Henry Holt, 2013), Tanya Lee Stone takes readers back in time to see what it was like throug...
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Celebrating graphic novels with Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado and their book "Giants Beware" (First Second Books).
Author Esme Raji Codell's "Seed by Seed" offers a wonderful way to celebrate Earth Day.
Author Renee Watson spotlights lesser-known figure of the Harlem Renaissance with picture book "Harlem's Little Blackbird."
Augusta Scattergood draws on real-life experiences growing up in the segregated South of the 1960s with her debut middle-grade novel, "Glory Be."
Author-illustrator Matthew Cordell creates a wonderful celebration of the unplugged world with "Hello! Hello!" from Disney-Hyperion.
Ben Hatke shares the mysteries behind intergalactic hero Zita the Spacegirl, a perfect read for girls and boys.
Carolyn Crimi's latest ruff and tumble read is "Pugs in a Bug," her 13th hilarious picture book.
Author Brenda Ferber goes straight for the heart with The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever.
Author Amy Timberlake's interest in birding comes through in her latest middle-grade novel, One Came Home, out this month from Knopf.
The 2011 Cybils Awards recognized the very best in children's literature, and this year is special because it is the first year picture book apps are included.
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