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Kick Back and Learn Something

With all of the demands on individuals and families today, one way to squeeze in some quality time with everyone in your household is to find a book or a movie that you can enjoy together. (Not easy, I know!) However . . . here are a few suggestions to get you & your family

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Labor [only] of Love?

Making a decent living in the arts has always been a challenge. It takes a long time to find one’s voice, style, and rhythm, and during this time one has to eat! To commemorate the commitment to LABOR on this Labor Day, here’s a list of writers and artists and a mixed-up list of the

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Chicago, Chicago

For the curious traveler, the sports fan, the arts enthusiast, the Windy City has it all: museums, stadiums, architecture, and great food. Melissa Sweet is there starting tomorrow, and you can find her here and follow all of the events from the annual ALA conference here. Do you have a favorite book set in Chicago?

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Celebrating 75 years of Caldecott

Actors hope for an Oscar, Broadway performers a Tony, musicians a Grammy. But those of us who create children’s books dream of being tapped for a Newbery or Caldecott —either as a medalist (TWO books of the 50,000 + children’s titles published each year are chosen, one in each category) or as an honor book

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A Busy Spring

Spring is always a busy time for writers as there are many conferences to attend and schools to visit. A few weeks ago, I was in San Antonio for the 58th annual conference of the International Reading Association. I participated in two signings that celebrated the launch of the new Poetry Friday anthology, published by

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Jersey Girl

I truly enjoy writing about poets and artists. I’m also an author who is very inspired by PLACE. So of course, as a Jersey girl, one of my favorite books is A River of Words: the Story of William Carlos Williams. Born in 1883 near Rutherford, New Jersey, Willie’s parents met in Puerto Rico. His

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IRA

I’m getting reading to spend time with some of my favorite people on earth: the educators, old friends and new, whom I’ll meet at the International Reading Association conference on April 19-22. Is it a coincidence that the IRA conference coincides with National Poetry Month? Maybe. Maybe not.             One of my favorite quotes is

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A Long Journey Back

In celebration of Black History Month, Melissa Sweet and I will be adding art images, quotes, and anecdotes from and about the life and art of West Chester artist Horace Pippin, the subject of our picture book A Splash of Red. Today, I begin with his first oil painting, The End of War, Starting Home, which took

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Horace Pippin Video

Another great man

This week is special for many reasons, as we honor and remember the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., celebrate the second presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, and look ahead to Black History Month in February. To continue this theme, here’s a short, excellent video clip narrated by a Philadelphia school student, in

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New book now available!

Who was Horace Pippin? Watch this short video … Order A Splash of Red from Indiebound. Order from Amazon.com. Order from Random House. Download the free Discussion Guide. Learn more about the book and Horace Pippin here and here.

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