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Grown-Up Reads

Tomorrow It’s Me and You — And No List

When I got sick, I quickly felt the pull of the Bucket List. What better way to approach dying than the way that I approached living: Let’s get things done! If life was a series of experiences, I should check off all the boxes while I still had the chance.

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Tween

10 of the Most Memorable Siblings in Middle Grade Literature

Here are 10 of my favorite middle grade books about the ups and downs of sibling relationships: the fierce love, the turtle-eating, and everything in between.

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Tween

Chris Grabenstein and Russell Ginns Make the Case for Puzzle-Filled Kids’ Books

These two fantastic authors know a lot about books that pull tweens into the action and keep them guessing right until the very end.

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Tips & Advice

The Power of the Right Book to Let Our Kids Know We See Them

This is what I can tell you as an author and as a mom: discovering one’s presence in books like my son did is what makes kids feel like they EXIST.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Kobi Yamada on Embracing Our Ideas and the Chances That Come Our Way

We spoke with Kobi Yamada ahead of the release of What Do You Do With a Chance? and his insights were as inspiring as his books.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Tween

9 Valentines to the Books My Family Will Always Love

These are some of the books that remind me of times in my sons’ lives and call up specific memories I don’t want to forget. For that, each deserves a short appreciation — in the form of a love poem.

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Teen

The Books I Fell in Love with As an Awkward Immigrant Teenager

I couldn’t leave the country without a green card, but at least I could lie in bed, open a book, and escape into someone else’s miserable life. These titles resonated with me at that age and remain some of my favorites.

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Grown-Up Reads

How Losing Ourselves in Stories Can Help Us Find Our Greater Truths

When I first started writing Only Child, I wasn’t planning to include the Magic Tree House books. And yet, the more I progressed, the more it made sense that they would be the ones to offer Zach a much-needed escape.

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Tween

6 Fascinating Things You Might Not Know About Laura Ingalls Wilder

Even if you are a fan like myself, you probably live with a number of misconceptions about Laura Ingalls Wilder. Here are six things you might not know about her life.

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Pre-K

Growing Reader

Tween

Teen

22 Books That Celebrate Lesser-Known African Americans and Their Contributions to History

Historically, many African Americans and their contributions to society have been left out of many American history books. Here are stories to help celebrate just of a few of the countless individuals who, without fanfare, played key roles in American history.