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YA Wednesday: Best Books of January

In the last couple of years January has been a really strong month for YA. Consider 2012's The Fault in Our Stars, 2013's Just One Day, and last year's Hollow City. All January, all stand outs for the year. 2015...

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365DaysWonder

365 Days of Wonder to Start the New Year

R.J. Palacio's Wonder is still one of my favorite books and continues to be discovered and cherished by kids and adults. In the novel, Auggie's 5th grade English teacher, Mr. Browne, introduces the kids to precepts and tasks them with...

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Best Children's Books of 2014

This year there seemed to be as many great children's books in the first half of the year as the second, great news for all of us book lovers who didn't have to wait until the big fall books to...

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A Unique Look at the ABCs: "Alphabetabum"

Award-winning author/illustrators Chris Raschka and Vladimir Radunsky recently teamed up to create an unusual pairing of rare vintage photos and verse in the highly original alphabet book. Alphabetabum. The antique photos of children accompanying each letter are a mirror into...

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Hauntingly Good Halloween Books for Kids

I love Halloween for many reasons (the candy, the costumes, the candy...) but particularly for how much fun it is for little ones. Besides putting up spider webs and skeletons, or carving this year's pumpkins, Halloween is a great time...

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BkWithNoPictures

Who Needs Pictures? B.J. Novak Tells the Story

From his work on The Office we already know B.J. Novak is funny, and we had a great time reading his book, One More Thing earlier this year. It was when he came to our office for that book that...

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BloodOlympus

Rick Riordan's Greek Mythology Pop Quiz

Today marks the release of The Blood of Olympus, the fifth and final book in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series. It's hard to believe the second Percy Jackson series has come to an end, but in true Riordan fashion...

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Jane Lynch Gets Mean (fictionally speaking, that is)

Earlier this year, when I found out I was going to interview Jane Lynch during Book Expo America, I kind of got heart palpatations. I love her in films, particularly Best in Show, saw her play Miss Hannigan in the...

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Graphic Novel Friday: Hello Kitty(!) at 40

Hello Kitty is 40 years old. How did this happen? I remember first encountering Hello Kitty’s visage in a puffy sticker pack belonging to my sister. Then she appeared on purses, backpacks, notebooks, clothes, cards, and soon celebrities began to...

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Jennifer Holm and Esther Ehrlich: Best Books of September

Two of my favorite kids' books this month (both on our Best Children's Books of September list) are Jennifer Holm's The Fourteenth Goldfish and Esther Ehrlich's Nest. They are very different stories, but have strong family relationships and spunky main...

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