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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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The Picture Book Project: How a Group of Third Graders Continued the Story of Kindness

By Erin Frankel and Paula Heaphy, author and illustrator of the Weird series and Nobody! When Tim Francis, counselor at York and Jefferson Elementary Schools in Middlebury, Indiana, reached out to thank us for creating the Weird series, we had … 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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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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