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Putting some mystery back into history

A few weeks ago I spoke with author M.T. Anderson to create an original Book Reading and an Author Name Pronunciation.  While speaking with M.T., I realized something simple yet powerful—writers are inventors!  Authors are idea people, and because of…
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Guest Blogger: Kimberly Willis Holt

When I was a child I resented the stories I read about the ugly mean older sisters. Why did the youngest have to be the kind beautiful one? And why did the eldest always seem to possess the worst flaws? I remember thinking, if I were a writer, I'd never bow down to that storytelling tradition. I'd write a story about the gorgeous gentle-spirited oldest daughter with the two dreadful younger sisters. If you haven't already figured it out, I'm a first born.
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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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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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Celebrate all year round

Chief Joseph Medicine Crow, aka High Bird, is an amazing man.  His book, Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond, shares the stories of his life traversing two cultures: that of his traditional Crow grandparents,…
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Have you heard of Beverly Bunn?

If you’re familiar with Beezus, Ramona, Ralph S. Mouse, or Mr. Henshaw, then you also know Beverly Bunn. As you may have guessed, Beverly Bunn is Beverly Cleary! I learned this when I recently called Beverly Cleary to record her…
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