Books & Reading

Hey, Check This Out! 7 Tips for Exploring the Library with Little People

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Some kids LOVE the library. Stacks of books, cozy nooks, infinite possibilities and stories to explore…their imaginations seem to light up. Other children feel a little stifled in an atmosphere that requires quiet… You, too, may be full of questions about how to introduce children to books and the library. Where should you start exactly?

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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 cropped

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

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 800x764

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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