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Building Inclusive Libraries That Reach Underserved Populations

By Amadee Ricketts, author of Gentle Hands and Other Sing-Along Songs for Social-Emotional Learning The whole building at all times should be managed with the broadest spirit of hospitality. . . . Then do away with all unnecessary restrictions, take … Continue reading

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Advice for Writers from the Top of the Slush Pile

By Kyra Ostendorf, publisher at Free Spirit Publishing Picture a crowded exhibit hall at a national educators conference. There are so many resources to browse through. Do you have a favorite booth to visit—one where you are likely to see … Continue reading

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Reading Together: Why Your Baby Needs Books

By Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis, authors of Happy Healthy Baby® series When you read to your baby, you’re not just bonding, you’re promoting language and social skills. It’s never too early to start a positive lifetime habit. “In the … Continue reading

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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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