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Libraries, Book Banning, and the Freedom to Read

By Amadee Ricketts, author of Gentle Hands and Other Sing-Along Songs for Social-Emotional Learning “When you erase the history/experience of one kid to ‘protect’ another, what you’re also saying is that there is one type of kid worth protecting.”—Author B. … Continue reading

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Next Week! The 2022 Black Voices in Children’s Literature Writing Contest Opens

Big news! Now in its fourth year, the Black Voices in Children’s Literature writing contest is going national! Cosponsored by Free Spirit and Strive Publishing, the contest’s mission is to elevate authentic, culturally relevant children’s stories written by and about … Continue reading

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Summer Reading Series: SEL Books for Tweens and Teens

By Amadee Ricketts, author of Gentle Hands and Other Sing-Along Songs for Social-Emotional Learning Years ago, as a fairly new librarian, I offered a book club at the local juvenile detention center as part of an outreach program. It turned … Continue reading

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Summer Reading Series: Books for Children About Nature, Adventure, and Imagination

By Mélina Mangal, author of Jayden’s Impossible Garden Summer is coming, and with it, more unscheduled time for reading and exploring new activities. For some kids, trying new things is exciting, and they enjoy immersing themselves in a new experience. … Continue reading

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“Own Voices” Books: A Librarian’s View

By Amadee Ricketts, author of Gentle Hands and Other Sing-Along Songs for Social-Emotional Learning As a librarian serving kids and families, there is a kind of magic in connecting a child with the exact right book at the exact right … Continue reading

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