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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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Building a Vibrant Classroom Library

By Amadee Ricketts, author of Gentle Hands and Other Sing-Along Songs for Social-Emotional Learning The start of a new school year is a great time to think about building or enhancing your classroom library. Even in schools with well-staffed, well-stocked … Continue reading

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What Can Students Learn from Graphic Novels?

By Allison Wedell Schumacher My grandma and grandpa’s house in Oberlin, Ohio, was the stuff of childhood dreams: a nearly endless backyard leading down to a creek, a screened-in porch with a hammock so the bugs couldn’t get to you … Continue reading

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Creative Summer Storytime Ideas

By Amadee Ricketts, author of Gentle Hands and Other Sing-Along Songs for Social-Emotional Learning While every season has its charms, summer brings a sense of freedom that can make it the perfect time to add creative elements to your storytime … Continue reading

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Supporting Nonbinary and Transgender Children

By Afsaneh Moradian, author of Jamie Is Jamie: A Book About Being Yourself and Playing Your Way So much of childhood is defined by gender. Relatives buy “girl” or “boy” toys for birthdays and holidays. Haircuts, clothes, and favorite games … Continue reading

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