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#DiverseBooks: African American Voices in Children’s Literature

All children deserve to see themselves and their lives represented in books. Organizations like We Need Diverse Books and online movements such as #OwnVoices underscore this need. According to statistics from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of … Continue reading

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Free Spirit Storytellers on Their Best Behavior

By Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen, author and illustrator of the Best Behavior® series Storytelling is at the heart of being human—and it starts at birth. We share stories as we talk to our babies, sing to them, and read … Continue reading

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The Wonderful World of Picture Books: Tips on How to Write Your Very Own

By Free Spirit’s Editorial Staff From a distance, picture books seem very easy to write. The truth is they’re one of the hardest art forms to master. They’re all about evoking strong feelings and making a story come to life … Continue reading

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International Children’s Book Day Round-Up

Every year since 1967, on or around April 2, lovers of children’s books—authors, readers, librarians, teachers—all over the world observe International Children’s Book Day. This day, according to the International Board on Books for Young People, “is celebrated to inspire … Continue reading

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Growing Brains

It is a lofty goal to do something perfectly, but not a realistic one. In teaching—and learning—the goal is not perfection. They are something you do, not something that you get right. A teacher I know named Madeline recently recalled … Continue reading

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