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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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On Boy Books and Girl Books

By Amadee Ricketts, author of Gentle Hands and Other Sing-Along Songs for Social-Emotional Learning There are no such things as “girl books” and “boy books.” There is just a universe of books, waiting to be matched up with a universe … 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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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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