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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 Go on, I will wait while you zip over there to read it… 🙂     This new dad has an …

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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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Visiting Gone-Away Lake

Elizabeth Enright (1909-1968) was an award-winning American author. She wrote for children and adults, and also worked as an illustrator. I remember three of her books from my childhood. The Saturdays (1941) was the first book in the Melendy Quartet. The four Melendy children (why are there always four siblings?) 🙂 go to live in a …

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My First Serious Read

S. E. Hinton (1948- present) wrote the first book that I read that felt serious. I had read other books that dealt with kidnapping and orphans, escape plots and evil, but the first book that I remember feeling real was S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders (1967). She wrote the book when she was in high school. The …

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Learning the Spy Trade at an Early Age

  Louise Fitzhugh (1928-1974) wrote one of my favorite books as a kid – Harriet the Spy (1964). In it, eleven year old, Harriet, keeps brutally honest observations of those around her in a spy notebook, even her best friends. Her notes go missing at school and everyone sees them. The other kids turn on …

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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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