"Every book I read's a journey…"

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I love this song and video that singer-songwriter Alastair Moock and his eight-year-old daughter, Elsa, made to support Mass Literacy. The song celebrates reading and libraries — and the video features cameos by librarians from my hometown library!   Download the song here to donate.

Read good books, do good deeds

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Have you ever read a book and thought to yourself, “Man, I wish this could be real?” Well, unfortunately, no one I know has ever gotten an owl-delivered acceptance letter to Hogwarts, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a little bit of the Wizarding World out here for us muggles. One of the major […]

The Dance Happy Project

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Over on Twitter, @mecaplan directed us to a cause dear to my dance-lovin’ heart: The Dance Happy Project. The project was initiated by eleven-year-old Georgia Bernbaum, who writes on the Dance Happy site that her goal is to “bring dance classes to more children, children who would not normally have access to dance lessons.” Proceeds […]

World Vegetarian Day reading

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Today is World Vegetarian Day! (High-five to all my fellow veggies out there!) These veg-approved books — some classics, some brand new, and all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide — remind us all to be kind to all creatures (and to eat our vegetables). Any favorites you would add? Don’t miss author […]

JetBlue's Soar with Reading program

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You’re in a bustling airport in a new city, weighted down with souvenirs and the dozen books you had to bring. (Or is that just me?) Amid the sea of strangers’ faces, two familiar travelers greet you from a display at your gate. It’s Jack and Annie. I saw plenty of the stars of Mary […]

We Art Boston

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Moved by the terrible events of the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston-based author/illustrator Joe McKendry and his wife Susan founded charitable organization We Art Boston. Joe writes, It started with the marathon, of course. I wasn’t at the site. I didn’t even get down to Boylston until a few weeks later. But in the days following […]

Over the moon for Broadway lullabies

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. How, you may ask, does this connect with children’s books? Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project (Easton Studio Press, May 2012) includes a book of illustrated poems/lullabies, two CDs of the songs, and an e-book. Actress Kate Dawson developed this project to honor her cousin, who died of […]

Friendship through fiction

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Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, editor Holly Thompson, a YA author (Orchards, a 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults book) and a longtime resident of Japan, became especially concerned about teen survivors of the quake and tsunami. She decided to collect YA short fiction from writers and translators connected to Japan either by […]

He sings, too?

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As you may recall, I’ve got a bit of a crush on author Neil Gaiman. Today I’ve been obsessively listening to “Nighty Night” by 8in8, the self-described “world’s least super supergroup” (comprised of lyricist Gaiman with musicians Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds, and Damian Kulash). The album was written, recorded, released for download, and performed live—all […]

Books for Darfur

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> What You Wish For, a collection of short stories exploring the topic of wishes, will be published this September by Putnam and The Book Wish Foundation. Book Wish will be contributing their share of the proceeds and all donations to UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR to help fund libraries in Darfur. The deadline to donate […]