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December 23, 2014

I’ve served notice here and elsewhere over the years ofmy devotion to Jean Merrill’s The Pushcart War and am now beyond delighted that the wonderful new York Review Children’s Collection has brought it back in print. Along the way I came across another of her books, The Elephant Who Liked to Smash Small Cars and, guess what — they’ve brought it back in print too! I adore this book and recommended it wholeheartedly.So much so that I was invited to provided thisquote to thepublisher. Too cool t...

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Published on December 23, 2014 07:06

December 21, 2014

“Charlotte’s Web”


A farmer allows sentimental drawings by a bug to prevail over economic necessity and refuses to value his prize pig, Wilbur, by processing and selling him on the open market. Presumably, the pig still dies eventually, only without profiting his owners. The farmer’s daughter, Fern, learns nothing except how to become an unsuccessful farmer. There is a rat in this movie. I quite liked the rat. He knew how to extract value from his environment. —Two stars.


At the New Yorker, of c...

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December 17, 2014

I was very excited to read abouta new short story by Philip Pullman, featuring the nefarious and fabulousMrs. Colter, that is being releasedtoday in the UK as an Audible.uk exclusive. Unfortunately and frustratingly “The Collectors” isnot available in the US andAudible, when I asked, had no information as to when it would be. So fornow we Americans have to make do with the below tantalizing excerpt read byBill Nighy.


But wait, Pullman fans,there’s more; thisin the Guardian articleabout The Boo...

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Published on December 17, 2014 02:00 • 7 views

December 14, 2014

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December 13, 2014

Thank you, Teachability Lounge‘s Mary Graham, for including this blog among your “Top Ten Teacher Blogs.” With all the blogs now out there, I sometimes wonder how many teachers read this one. After all, I’m pretty eclectic. So,I was thrilled with this affirmation.


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Published on December 13, 2014 02:26 • 2 views

Andrew Linderman tries to teach people how to find that balance. A story coach, he works with companies including American Express, PBS and Random House, charging $1,800 to $3,500 for workshops and $500 to $5,000 for one-on-one training (less for nonprofits and start-ups). For $40, you can also take one of his two-hour classes,Storytelling for Entrepreneurs.


“The specifics of storytelling are relatively easy to articulate,” he said. “It’s the nuances that make a story distinct.”



Ah, Random Hous...

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Published on December 13, 2014 02:19 • 2 views

December 10, 2014

I have read and loved a ton of books this year; amongmy many favorites are the following suggestions for great gifts this holiday season.


1, For a book that will be fun for a wide range of middle-grade readers and is also a great book to read aloud as a family, check outJennifer L. Holm’s The Fourteenth Goldfish.This deceptively spare book (comes in at just under 200 pages) packs quite a punch. It offers a clever take on a trope that is not unfamiliar in children’s books — that of an older per...

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Published on December 10, 2014 09:39 • 14 views

December 6, 2014

During my time in DC for the Children’s Africana Book Award I was honored with an invitation to speak to the CapitolCity Public Charter Schoolfourth graders about Africa is My Homeby AnOpen Book Foundation, a fabulous organization that describes themselves thus:


Founded by Dara La Porte and Heidi Powell, An Open Book Children’s Literacy Foundation was created to promote literacy among disadvantaged children and teens in the greater Washington, D.C. area by giving schools and students book and...

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Published on December 06, 2014 04:10 • 6 views

December 5, 2014

“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that’s wrong with the world.”

—DR. PAUL FARMER, Chief Strategist & Co-founder, Partners in Health


Ebola was on the US media radar whena tiny number of people came to this country with the illness. There were government officials saying that anyone who had been anywhere near the affected countries would be quarantined. Fear-mongering was rampant here and not a whole lot of compassion. And whenthose sick individuals either recovered or died...

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December 3, 2014

Monica Edinger, author of “Africa is My Home, A Child of the Amistad,” is a former Peace Corps volunteer who began writing children’s books during Sierra Leone’s Civil War. “Sierra Leone and its people were being represented in the media in this really horrendous way,” Edinger said.


She felt it was important to share stories that showed there was more to Sierra Leone than conflict. “Real stories, about real people, make a big difference. But unfortunately that isn’t the standard narrative in c...

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Published on December 03, 2014 10:42 • 3 views