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Bank Street Books Announces Newest Best Children’s Books of the Year

The newly released list from Bank Street College of Education reflects their Children’s Book Committee’s choices from 2023’s publications. Bank Street’s seal of “best” is recognized by librarians, teachers, teacher training programs, and parents as a gold standard guide to children’s books. The selection committee is composed of more than two dozen members who are […]

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Get into Shape(s)!

This has shaped up to be a good year for new kids’ books that focus attention on—shapes! Some shapes—and books—are simple, some simply fun (as well as informative), and some sophisticated—just the way geometric forms run the gamut from easy to grasp to complex. Learning to recognize and name shapes helps build the toddler, preschooler,

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Big (and Little) Books for Big Feelings

There are whole months and days dedicated to raising mental health awareness, but this is a topic that deserves to be addressed all year long. Kids may be tiny people, but they have BIG feelings, and it’s important to support them through their emotions and experiences. From anxiety and sadness to excitement and anger, this

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Titles for Tummy Time Tots

This post is by Publisher Spotlight consultant Josalyn Moran. The research is in! infant tummy time is important time! Multiple pediatric studies have been conducted to confirm the health and developmental benefits of “tummy time,” including this recommendation from Pediatrician Matthew Badget, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, in which he points out the following advantages:

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Top of the World Tales from Nunavut

Nunavut is our world’s northernmost permanently inhabited place and Canada’s largest territory. And within this expanse of tundra and mountains live the Inuit people. Inuit-focused publishers such as Inhabit Media, make it possible for both Inuit and non-Inuit youth to deepen their knowledge about Inuit culture, oral traditions, folktales, arts, and family connections. Inhabit Media’s

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Clive Is a Nurse

What Can You Do with a Skill Like That?

If you have had a toddler around your home, you know that dream career considerations can start early in life. Toddlers enjoy acting out the very tasks they find most engaging when they see others do them, from collecting trash (BIG trucks!) to serving in a diner (Little order pads!). By the time youth graduate

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Celebrating World Hello Day (and Work Toward Peace)

This is article is by Publisher Spotlight’s Special Projects Librarian Tracy Gallagher. November 21st, 2022 is the 50th Annual World Hello Day which invites everyone to participate by just saying hello to ten people today. It was begun in 1973, in response to the Yom Kippur War. Its purpose is to encourage communication, rather than force,

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Purrrfect Books for National Kitten Day

This is article is by Publisher Spotlight’s Special Projects Librarian Tracy Gallagher. Here in the office, we are gearing up for July 10th, more happily known as National Kitten Day. While our office cats are technically no longer kittens, Bruno and Sasha will always be called kitties by some of us. Curious about the history

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Let’s Celebrate Parents Day!

While several different countries honor parents on specific holidays around the calendar, the official United Nations’ designated Parents Day falls annually on June 1. Since our publishers come from various countries around the globe, all of which belong to the UN, we decided to take the international approach in our own celebration. Happy Parents Day

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