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Raising Mighty Girls

March 8th is International Women’s Day. It was first observed in 1909 in New York and is now a holiday in many nations around the world. It has typically been a day for people to protest and strike for women’s rights around the world. While some people look at this as an activist’s dream, or …

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My Favorite Little Bear (besides Pooh, of course!)

Else Homelund Minarik (1920-2012) may not be as big a household name as her illustrator, Maurice Sendak, but her Little Bear series of children’s books will always hold a special place in my heart. Ms. Minarik was born in Denmark, moving to the United States at age 4. She is said to have grown up …

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Let the Wild Rumpus Begin!

Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) was the author and illustrator of one of the most wonderful picture books of all time, Where the Wild Things Are (1963). The book has been redone in an animated short, an opera, and a full length film. It won the Caldecott Medal in 1964, and was voted the number one picture book in …

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The Immortal Tuck Everlasting

One of my favorite books as a young girl was Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting (1975). A children’s fantasy novel that explored immortaity, it was one of the first books I read that spoke of death at all. Ten year old, Winnie, stumbles upon Jesse Tuck and the fountain of youth in the woods near her house. …

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