Books & Reading

Meet the Man Behind Our Favorite Mouse: An Interview with Kevin Henkes

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Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect… that is, until her first day of school, when this cheerful little mouse is mercilessly teased for her unique moniker’s length and floral origin. Chrysanthemum wilts. Her classmates have a big impact on our tiny heroine’s budding self-esteem, but with the support of her parents and her fabulous

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Use Your Words! 6 Books That Teach Children About Feelings

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From the joyful preschooler spinning in circles to the frustrated toddler who bites: Little kids can have really big feelings.  But naming their emotions, and learning how to express them appropriately, is a big undertaking for a pint-sized person. Over time, these important skills will help your little guy care for himself, develop empathy, and grow

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His Very First Book is Taking Flight: Meet Karl

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Portland-based author and illustrator Karl Newsom Edwards presents his debut picture book, Fly!, for children ages 3 to 5 at Wordstock this weekend. We caught up with Edwards to talk about his book, what makes reading fun, and why he decided to create stories for kids. The Story Worm can “wiggle.” Ant can “march.” But

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The Magic of Home: Wildwood Illustrator Carson Ellis’s New Book

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Carson Ellis’s sumptuous, magical illustrations have graced many children’s books, including the wildly popular Wildwood Chronicles and Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead. Home is her authorial debut; it’s received starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, among others. We talked to her about her new book, how having kids of her own changes her

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Rilla Alexander’s New Book Celebrates Little Ideas…and Big Possibilities

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Portland-based author and illustrator Rilla Alexander’s newest picture book, Her Idea, is a book for children of all ages. We talked with Alexander about her book, what makes kids such terrific readers, and how she came up with the idea for, well, Her Idea. The Story “The main character, Sozi, is suspiciously like me. She loves

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The Essential First Day of School Book List

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Starting school is an exciting time for the whole family. In the weeks leading up to the big first day, it’s important to talk to your child about starting preschool. How does she feel? What can he expect? Reading stories can be a great way to start that conversation.     Here are three great

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