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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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This is a book.

I came across a beautiful ode to books the other day. It is called “A Father Introduces His Newborn Daughter to Books,” and it was posted on a wonderful site for readers called BookRiot.com. Go on, I will wait while you zip over there to read it… 🙂     This new dad has an …

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Giving Me Goosebumps!

Back in the mid-90s, my nephew used to read R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books. I admit that I never picked one up back then and only recently read a few entries in the long list of books by this author. There are over 200 of them! R.L. Stine (1943-present) is a seriously prolific writer! Often called the …

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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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Spider, spin me a web!

E.B. White (1899-1985) was perhaps best known among older writers as the “White” of Strunk & White, the co-authors of the English style guide, The Elements of Style, which was originally published in 1959 and is still considered the grammar bible. But to many children, children’s authors, and those who are kids at heat, his …

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Looking for Magic in Everyday Places

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~Roald Dahl One of my favorite children’s authors is Roald Dahl (1916-1990). What an incredible imagination! 🙂 He wrote 21 books …

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Learning to Blume Where We are Planted

I couldn’t continue discussing kid lit without talking about Judy Blume. I don’t know anyone my age that did not read her growing up – especially girls. She had a knack of talking about some tough topics with humor and compassion. And she had a way of making me want to be her main characters. Judy …

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