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The house in Dumfries, Scotland where author J.M. Barrie played as a child is being turned into a Center for Children’s Literature. 
Do you ever wonder what type of childhood a particular children’s book author had?  I imagine that the man who wrote Peter Pan had a magical childhood filled with wooded adventure lands and secret tree houses.

The house in Dumfries, Scotland where author J.M. Barrie played as a child is being turned into a Center for Children’s Literature. 

Do you ever wonder what type of childhood a particular children’s book author had?  I imagine that the man who wrote Peter Pan had a magical childhood filled with wooded adventure lands and secret tree houses.

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Is anyone else longing for summer yet?  I’m so over winter and ready to skip spring in order to jump right in to the laze and haze of the all too short summer season.

Nothing says summer more than a lemonade stand.  So rather than pine away in sorrow, I’ll brighten my day by getting in some advance planning!

To get us in the mood … Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins, an adorable tale of a young brother and sister and their wintery lesson in money.  Perhaps you’re brave enough to get your stand up and running right away.  Who says you have to wait for summer?

For older kids, or the more adventurous, check out Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking by Simon Quellen Field.  Try out the recipe for “Lemonade With Chameleon Eggs.”

And to get you inspired to create the best looking, yummiest lemonade stand on your block this summer, check out this video!

Summer - here we come!  (Soon!)

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Who isn’t a John Green fan?  That’s what I thought.

Looking For Alaska was my introduction to John Green.  I fell in love with it so hard.  It’s a tale of love, loss, angst, and finding oneself.  

Do I even have to mention The Fault In Our Stars?  Everyone has been talking about it!

Well clear your calendar on 2/4/13, because John Green will be talking about his books live, as well as writing and answering questions.  Check out all the details here.

If you could ask John Green any question, what would it be?  

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January is National Braille Literacy Month and January 10 is Mary Ingalls’ birthday.  Those of you who don’t know who Mary Ingalls is, and why the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind is going to celebrate her birthday, are just forbidden from speaking to me ever again.
“The Museum has a temporary exhibit on Mary’s early frontier life as well as her life after going blind, with books and learning aides she might have used as a student at the Iowa College for the Blind. The celebration also will include a performance of Pa Ingalls’ fiddle tunes, readings of Mary’s poetry and sing-a-long of songs the Ingalls’ family sang, crafts taken from some of Laura’s books and even a birthday cake made from a 19th century recipe.”
If I lived ANYWHERE near Louisville, Kentucky I would be SO be there on Saturday. 
With braids in my hair. 

January is National Braille Literacy Month and January 10 is Mary Ingalls’ birthday.  Those of you who don’t know who Mary Ingalls is, and why the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind is going to celebrate her birthday, are just forbidden from speaking to me ever again.

The Museum has a temporary exhibit on Mary’s early frontier life as well as her life after going blind, with books and learning aides she might have used as a student at the Iowa College for the Blind. The celebration also will include a performance of Pa Ingalls’ fiddle tunes, readings of Mary’s poetry and sing-a-long of songs the Ingalls’ family sang, crafts taken from some of Laura’s books and even a birthday cake made from a 19th century recipe.”

If I lived ANYWHERE near Louisville, Kentucky I would be SO be there on Saturday.

With braids in my hair. 

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“Little Reader” by Cloughridge


	Do you have a favorite place to read?  When I was small I loved to curl up under the Christmas tree with a new book.  Now, my favorite place to read is in bed!

	Will you have time to read with your wee ones this weekend?  If so, where do you curl up?

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“Little Reader” by Cloughridge

Do you have a favorite place to read?  When I was small I loved to curl up under the Christmas tree with a new book.  Now, my favorite place to read is in bed!

Will you have time to read with your wee ones this weekend?  If so, where do you curl up?

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The Book: Silver Spurs by Robert Knigge

What It’s About:  The tiny elf who helps Santa deliver presents to all the houses that don’t have chimneys. 

Sadly, this book is out of print.  It’s lush illustrations jumped off the pages and straight into the fabric of my childhood.

Was reading a part of your childhood holiday traditions?  Do you work reading into your children’s holiday routine?

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Can you imagine a society without children’s literature?  Can you even for one second envision a world without Harry Potter, Anne of Green Gables, Laura Ingalls, Peter Cottontail?  No Dr. Seuss?  
This article details a recent panel that took place between Nigeria and Sweden to discuss the need to enrich the children’s literature available in Nigeria.  
“Training programs for children’s authors and illustrators, strengthening the reading and literature component in Nigerian schools as well as making children’s books available and affordable to more parents were some of the topics emphasised [sic].”
One of the Nigerian panelists cited famed Swedish children’s author of Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren, as a source of inspiration and urged aspiring children’s authors to “study Astrid Lindgren’s ability to reach children by speaking from the heart as well as writing to and not for children using great sensibility and humour.”
Now, can you imagine any better advice for a children’s author?  Me neither.

Can you imagine a society without children’s literature?  Can you even for one second envision a world without Harry Potter, Anne of Green Gables, Laura Ingalls, Peter Cottontail?  No Dr. Seuss?  

This article details a recent panel that took place between Nigeria and Sweden to discuss the need to enrich the children’s literature available in Nigeria.  

Training programs for children’s authors and illustrators, strengthening the reading and literature component in Nigerian schools as well as making children’s books available and affordable to more parents were some of the topics emphasised [sic].”

One of the Nigerian panelists cited famed Swedish children’s author of Pippi LongstockingAstrid Lindgren, as a source of inspiration and urged aspiring children’s authors to “study Astrid Lindgren’s ability to reach children by speaking from the heart as well as writing to and not for children using great sensibility and humour.”

Now, can you imagine any better advice for a children’s author?  Me neither.


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