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The Night I Realized Our Bedtime Read-Alouds Were Coming to an End

The ritual of bedtime reading is woven into the fabric of my family and into my identity as a parent. It’s foolish, but I never thought this, too, was something that would be outgrown.


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Growing Reader

A Printable Educator’s Guide to Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout

Teach your students about the African American history and culture behind their favorite playground games, songs, and stories with these discussion questions and classroom activities inspired by Patricia McKissack's Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout.



Growing Reader

Spread the Love: Valentine’s Day Printables and Activities

Valentine’s Day is fun to celebrate at any age, and these free exclusive printables will make the holiday even sweeter.



You’ve Got Mail! Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer Team Up for To Night Owl From Dogfish

Nothing beats two beloved authors penning a wonderful new story together! Read on as Meg Wolitzer and Holly Goldberg Sloan chat about their authentic, sweet, and funny book.



The Importance of Queer Representation in Middle Grade Fiction

While the YA genre is burgeoning with queer representation these days, books for middle grade readers are still sadly lacking such characters, themes, and stories.

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12 YA Fantasy Books to Read in 2019

With a mix of sequels, standalones, and series conclusions on schedule, here are some of the most anticipated YA fantasy titles coming out this year.

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All Ages

The Best Children’s and YA Books of February 2019

From picture books all about birthdays to moving tales of friendship to a thrilling murder mystery, there’s a lot of great reading to pack into such a short month.



Growing Reader



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.



Growing Reader

Brightly Storytime: Little Owl’s Snow

Read along with Divya Srinivasan’s Little Owl’s Snow, a great picture book for little readers to cuddle up with on cold, snowy days.