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Pet Project

ALLERGICWritten by Megan Wagner LloydIllustrated by Michelle Mee Nutter Maggie is feeling lonely. Her parents are preoccupied with the imminent arrival of a new baby, and her younger twin brothers have each other. She yearns for a puppy. While she’s finally allowed to choose one on her 10th birthday, her dream is shattered when she […]

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3 Picture Books Get the Royal Treatment

WHERE IS THE DRAGON?By Leo Timmers PRINCESS ARABELLA AT THE MUSEUMBy Mylo Freeman THE KING’S GOLDEN BEARDBy Klaas Verplancke If you were just waking up from a yearlong sleep, you might mistake the bright masks the children wear as they spill out of our neighborhood public school in the afternoon for a costume, perhaps for […]

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8 Picture Books About Imagination and Identity

I AM A BIRDWritten by Hope LimIllustrated by Hyewon Yum “I fly like a bird on Daddy’s bike,” the narrator joyfully croons as we watch father and daughter whizz through a coastal, colored-penciled town. “CA-CAW!” she calls, and “the birds sing back.” We smell the sea air and feel the salty breeze. Suddenly she spies […]

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Figuring It Out: Two Novels About Ice Skating and Adolescence

THE COMEBACKBy E.L. Shen ANA ON THE EDGEBy A.J. Sass Gloria Steinem, while being honored in 2015 by the organization Figure Skating in Harlem, spoke about having been a skater herself at an early age. It was, she remarked, one of the few sports deemed suitable for young girls at the time. Steinem went on […]

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5 Dance Picture Books

I WILL DANCEWritten by Nancy Bo FloodIllustrated by Julianna Swaney “I want to dance, but I can hardly move.” In “I Will Dance,” Nancy Bo Flood parts the curtain on the life of a girl who was born with cerebral palsy and expected to live “one minute, maybe two, not 10 years of minutes.” Our […]

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How Marcus Rashford’s book club will celebrate female role models

As part of his new book club for children, Marcus Rashford is writing a memoir that will dedicate a chapter to female role models – including his mum. We don’t need another reason to champion Marcus Rashford, but he’s just given us one anyway.  The Manchester United player has already used his platform to ensure school […]

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3 Illustrated Novels With Animal Magnetism

Like most children learning to read, I leaned heavily on illustrations to help me understand and enjoy stories. Images provided a bridge to comprehension when words were little more than mysterious hieroglyphs. But as I became more comfortable with the words and moved on to chapter books and novels in upper elementary school, I missed […]

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How Dr Asperger sent children to their deaths

How Dr Asperger sent children to their deaths: A terrifying expose of how doctors and psychiatrists cruelly abused the powers they had over troubled children German farm workers wrote to Adolf Hitler asking for permission to kill their son Hospitals and asylums all across the Third Reich received licence to kill children   Hans Asperger was […]