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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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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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Eiffel Tower á la Nevada

Paris in the Desert

Quite a place, Las Vegas! Have you ever been there? I had not … and it exceeded my expectations for drama, scale, and a just plain off-the-charts sensory experience. The annual NCTE conference was held at the MGM Grand Hotel, one of the many hotels on the Strip that seemed (to me anyway) large enough to warrant its

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A River of Words: the Story of William Carlos Williams

Say hello to Jen at NCTE

Dreams and labor come together this weekend at the annual NCTE conference in Las Vegas, NV. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there! If you aren’t heading to NCTE, please forward this message on to your colleagues who will be attending. Here’s where you can find me this weekend: Saturday, Nov 17th“Learning Lessons

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Bryant car

So much depends upon …

… Labor! A brief tip of the hat to yesterday’s observance of Labor Day. Did you know that it was established as a federal holiday in 1894?? And that it was inspired by workers’ rights disputes in Canada? And that, after July 4th and Memorial Day, it is the third most popular grilling holiday in

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