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Growing Reader

Meet the Illustrator: Corinna Luyken

We all have a desire to seem good at what we do, especially when there is an audience. But when you are making art with kids, it’s important to model what the creative process actually looks like — and nothing about creativity is perfect! Creativity is messy.


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Banned Books Every Tween and Teen Should Read

Ideas in books can ignite discovery, encourage empathy, and offer solace. With that in mind, here are 16 banned books worth reading for their ideas.


Tips & Advice

This Is What Being an Elementary School Librarian Means to Me Today

In one way or another, I have worked in the world of kids’ books for more than two decades now — yet, it wasn’t until I began my job as a librarian four years ago that I truly realized how much books connect and create community.

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Why Kids Need the Freedom to Choose the Books They Read

If we want to pass a love of reading to the next generation, we have to allow them to have joy when they read. This sometimes means reading books with fart jokes, books with wizards that defeat evil, graphic novels, series, and books that speak truths that resonate with kids. Unfortunately, these books are often banned.

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Growing Reader


Picture Book Mentor Texts for Persuasive Writing

Persuasive writing is an increasingly common requirement for the primary grades, but many kids don’t have much experience with it. If your students are stuck on the same formats or could use a wider set of stylistic moves to be more convincing, check out these useful titles.

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Grown-Up Reads

9 Brand-New Books to Read in October 2018

This month’s list of new fictin and nonfiction releases are sure to satisfy any literary cravings that arise at the official start of pumpkin spice season.

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10 Nonfiction Books About Activism for Teens

Nonfiction books about activism can help inspire and support young adult readers who are interested in getting involved in their own communities and beyond.

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Lucy and the String Celebrates Childhood Creativity and Problem-Solving

Lucy and the String doesn’t try to squash that magical sparkle of curiosity by scaring children with big consequences. Instead, it encourages them to get creative and use problem-solving skills to make things right when they’ve made mistakes.


Baby & Toddler


Growing Reader

15 Spanish/English Bilingual Picture Books

Bilingual picture books offer children the opportunity to develop a second language and expand their cultural awareness. Here are 15 Spanish/English gems.