Catching Fireflies

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Tag Archives: YA/MG lit

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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The Book That Made Me Want to Run Away

Even though I had a good childhood, I remember reading My Side of the Mountain, and wanting to find a pet hawk and run away from home. Not because things were bad at home, but because it sounded so like fun. 🙂 Jean Craighead George (1919-2012) was an American author who wrote more that a …

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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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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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Eulalia! The Warrior Cry of Redwall

One of the children’s authors that I came to as an adult is Brian Jacques (1939-2011). He always loved to write, even as a child, but he spent much of his adult life in other lines of work. He was a merchant sailor, truck driver, bus driver, policeman, just to name a few of his …

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