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Colorful folktales

When I was a kid, my dad was involved in a project to help retain and transmit Anansi the Spider stories of Liberia, where my parents had served in the Peace Corps.  I remember him having a pile of type-written…
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Paying homage

When we learned earlier this fall that Louisiana author Coleen Salley had suddenly passed away, we were humbly privileged to realize what a gift she’d given when she called our author name pronunciation line.  Listening to Coleen Salley’s Author Name…
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Mouse tales

A new movie released this month is based on Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery-winning book The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread. Explore Kate DiCamillo’s Original Author Program and…
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Sample and savor

Every year around this time my grandfather would give my grandmother a box of chocolates.  I quickly learned that not every chocolate in the sampler box thrilled me.  One year, my sister taught me the trick of picking out a…
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The sound of poetry

A few weeks ago I spoke with the author and poet, Naomi Shihab Nye, to record her introducing and reading from some of her poems and her novel Habibi.  It was fascinating and exciting to hear Naomi read her…
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Playing in the garden

I love it when customers ask questions.  Sometimes it’s about the content of (i.e., resources within) the database.  Other times, it’s about how to find the content. Alyssa, one of our Educational Outreach Coordinators, came back from a conference the…
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See the real Keeping Quilt…

When I was in elementary school, my mom (a K-12 art teacher) came home from a conference with new picture books for my sister and me.  At the conference my mom met Patricia Polacco and received signed copies of The
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