Kris Dersch
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Hearts in Atlantis
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Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
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The Underwear Book by Todd Parr
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Not maybe the most illuminating of Todd Parr subjects, but made my kid and the people in the library where we read it laugh, so that's something.
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The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill
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Meh. I don't get the hype. It's fine. Rhymes in spots. I've heard more annoying rhymes. I didn't feel sympathy for the bully but really I didn't feel sympathy for Katie Sue either so whatever.
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Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman
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I don't know why the world needs a rhyming picture book about pirates who like underpants, but if it does I guess this one is okay.
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All the Odes by Pablo Neruda
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Sewing Stories by Barbara Herkert
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I would put this in the based on a true story category rather than the picture book biography category because while the basic facts of her life are true there just isn't enough known about her to really do a full biography so a lot of this is based ...more
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Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark
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Great introduction to the life and work of Ada Lovelace. Will be of particular interest to science loving kiddos. The illustrations are vibrant and the back matter, which includes a list of her nicknames, is great.
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She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton
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There's nothing particularly wrong with either this book or its companion, just that there are better and more interesting books about these woman. This just feels very surface level. I like the quotes by each woman, that gives it some depth.
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Fannie in the Kitchen by Deborah Hopkinson
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Super fun! The story was interesting, the illustrations are fantastic, and the cooking tips are quite helpful. I also love the side story of the little girl getting used to big sisterhood. A great read.
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Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh
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This was awesome! I thought the first person narration was going to bother me but I got so into this story that it did not. I love the story, I love the way it unfolds, I love the explanations of the science concepts, and the 4-year-old was fascinate ...more
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L.M. Montgomery
“Books are not written about proper children. They would be so dull no one would read them.”
L.M. Montgomery, Emily Climbs

Ursula Nordstrom
“I never want to forget that if Lewis Carroll had asked me whether or not he should bother writing about a little girl named Alice who fell asleep and dreamed that she had a lot of adventures down a rabbit hole, it would not have sounded awfully tempting to any editor.”
Ursula Nordstrom, Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom

Madeleine L'Engle
“...the chief reason that ["A Wrinkle in Time"] was rejected for over two years and by thirty-odd publishers was because it is a difficult book for many adults, the decision was made to market it as a children's book; it won a medal for children's books.”
Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

Anne Lamott
“...[M]ost of us have figured out that we have to do what's in front of us and keep doing it. We clean up beaches after oil spills. We rebuild whole towns after hurricanes and tornadoes. We return calls and library books. We get people water. Some of us even pray. Every time we choose the good action or response, the decent, the valuable, it builds, incrementally, to renewal, resurrection, the place of newness, freedom, justice. The equation is: life, death, resurrection, hope. The horror is real, and so you make casseroles for your neighbor, organize an overseas clothing drive, and do your laundry. You can also offer to do other people's laundry if they have recently had any random babies or surgeries.
We live stitch by stitch, when we're lucky. If you fixate on the big picture, the whole shebang, the overview, you miss the stitching. And maybe the stitching is crude, or it is unraveling, but if it were precise, we'd pretend that life was just fine and running like a Swiss watch. That's not helpful if on the inside our understanding is that life is more often a cuckoo clock with rusty gears.”
Anne Lamott, Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair

Madeleine L'Engle
“We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.”
Madeleine L'Engle

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