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Yoga for the Littlest Bookworms

International Yoga Day, celebrated annually on June 21st, is a global event dedicated to promoting the practice and benefits of yoga. As more people embrace this ancient discipline for its physical, mental, and emotional health benefits, the interest in introducing yoga to children has grown. Children’s books on yoga provide wonderful gateways for young minds […]

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Canine Companions: Rescue Dogs and Beyond

If you’ve never met a rescue animal—and a rescue dog in particular—then you might not know that they are the four-legged definitions of gratitude and resilience. Some rescue dogs may come from previous loving homes where life circumstances forced their humans to re-home them. But just as many—and, sadly, probably many, many more—come from pasts

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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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Health in Mind

Westerners have a peculiar way of prioritizing physical status over the conditions of our minds. We supply, even in casual conversation with children (and other adults), specific names for an array of possibilities when talking about our physical manifestations, including the experience of excellent health, impediments such as injury and disease names, recovery degrees, and

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Fifty Plus Years of Celebrating Earth Day

As we get ready to celebrate Earth Day, I think about how I can instill in my child a deep appreciation for the planet and its delicate ecosystems. As a children’s librarian I know one of the most effective ways to cultivate this awareness is through the power of children’s literature. Children’s books have the

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Fairy Tales, Folktales, Oh, My!

But wait, there’s a difference?! OF COURSE I would know they’re all different, right?  I’m a whole adult human, a teacher, a mother, a writer.   I’ve read thousands of fairy tales and folktales.  Surely SURELY I know the difference! Well, when faced with trying to articulate which is which and what is why off the

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Share the Love of Reading This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and we have the perfect titles that show love in all its various forms! From parental and familial love to kind acts of friendship and community, we invite you to share the love of reading on February 14th and beyond. Heartfelt gestures, as simple as a hug, smile, or

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Tales in Tune:  Music and Picture Books

Fusing the delights of music and story is a powerful way to teach basic concepts as well as explore deeper ideas and emotions.  Over my nearly 30 years of teaching young children, I’ve set a LOT of knowledge to simple tunes: the names of continents, oceans, countries and states, math concepts, simplified steps of the

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Jackets of all 39 books on the 2024 Outstanding International Children's Books list

Celebrating International Children’s Books

Each January, the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) announces their Outstanding International Books list during a meeting at the American Library Association conference.  The latest list, reflecting books published or released in 2023 and chosen by a committee of USBBY members, has just been released and we are delighted to find

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