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Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

SCARS book cover

Kendra must face her past and stop hurting herself--before it's too late.

Awards: #1 in the Top 10 ALA Quick Picks, ALA's Rainbow List, a Governor General Literary Award Finalist, Staff Pick for Teaching Tolerance.

Yes, it's my own arm on the cover of SCARS.

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Caitlyn, a telepath in a world where having any paranormal power at all can kill her, must decide between saving herself or saving the world.

Awards: A finalist for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award.


Kate sees visions of the future--but only when she has an asthma attack. When she "sees" her sister being beaten, and a schoolmate killing herself, Kate must trigger more attacks--but that could kill her.

Awards: 2013 Gold Winner, Wise Bear Digital Awards, YA Paranormal category.

STAINED book cover

Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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Links for Book Lovers

Find a Book   |   Gifts for Book Lovers   |   Teen Fiction Booklists   |   Book Reviews by Teens   |   Book and Reading Humor   |   Picture Book Review Sites and Blogs   |   Teen Fiction Book Review Sites and Blogs   |   Teen Book Discussion Groups and Blogs   |   Children's and YA Book Awards   |   Free Book Swap   |   Poetry Online--Classic and Contemporary   |   Resources for Book Lovers   |   Bibliotherapy Booklists for Children and Teen Readers   |   Teen Author Sites and Blogs   |   Picture Book Writer Sites and Blogs   |   Picture Book Illustrator Sites and Blogs   |   Quotes About Reading and Books

Find a Book
Looking to buy a used or out-of-print book? Or fallen in love with a new author, and want to buy as many of their books as you can? Check out; AbeBooks pulls together more than 13,500 book sellers selling over 100 million books. You're sure to find that book you want, and usually choices in the cost of the book and shipping, and shape of the book. I've found almost every out-of-print book I've been looking for here, as well as sellers who sell large backlists of books by the same author (so I could buy a bunch at once of an author I just discovered, and pay a lower shipping cost). Recommended!

Looking for a book that you loved and read in the past, and now can’t remember the name of the author, or title of the book, or even much of the plot? Then head on over to "Find a Book" on Live Journal; it's a fantastic blog community of readers that helps you find books you’ve lost or can't remember well. Responses come quickly, and "lost" books are usually found. Highly rcommended.

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature
The Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature (DAWCL) looks like a great place to find new books you might be interested in, and revisit ones you've loved. You can search by subject/keyword, and/or narrow your search by age, setting, historical period, ethnicity of the main character, format, genre, even gender of the protagonist.

Netlibrary is a true modern-day digital library–it allows you to download and read or listen to ebooks and audiobooks through your library system. If your library system has this, you’re all set to borrow books online. To access NetLibrary, you go to your library’s website, and then search for the NetLibrary (or ebook and audiobook) link, and log in through there (you’ll need your library card). If your library system doesn’t have NetLibrary, you can always request that they join.

Because it’s a library, you can download and listen to the audiobook, or read the ebook, for a set number of days (through my library it’s 7 days), and then it becomes unusable on your computer or MP3 player–unless, of course, you renew it for another 7 days.

Through The Magic Door - an independant online children's bookstore
Through the Magic Door focuses on bringing backlist titles and overseas titles–good news for readers who like reading all the books their favorite authors write, and discovering great new books that they might not otherwise have access to. It’s good news for authors, too. The bookstore also sells prints and posters from children’s books, which I just love. I even love the bookstore’s name–it’s perfect for a children’s bookstore, and the magic that books can bring.

Through the Magic Door has a forum on their site to help create a feeling of community and begin discussions about books, geared toward readers, librarians, kids, parents, and teachers. There’s also a resources section, with links to book-related articles, blogs, sites, booklists, awards, author/illustrator sites, and more, which is a wonderful idea, and a valuable resource for readers.

If You Like...
An If You Like list (if you like this book, you might also like...) from a library. You can search by author, theme, or keyword, or browse the complete list.

12 Compelling Young Adult Thrillers
Discover 12 compelling YA thrillers, including STAINED, in this Wiki video.

Library Thing
The Library Thing offers suggestions of books you might enjoy reading. You type in the title of a book you love in the "books I own", then it quickly shows you a list of books that people who own that book also have. I tried a teen fiction book, and the results I got were indeed books I enjoy (including some by the same author), although most were not the same genre (ie I put in a YA paranormal fantasy, and got back many books that were realistic fiction. Still, I like those books.)

You can also enter what you're reading or your whole collection of books into the system, and then find similar people's collections. It sounds wonderful.

You can enter 200 books for free (so easily try it out), or pay $10 a year or $25/life.

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Gifts for Book Lovers

Book Venue Gift Shop
The Book Venue Gift Shop is crammed with all sorts of wonderful gifts for book lovers, including a wide assortment of book lights, bookends, book bags, book furniture, literary posters and prints, and more. A great place to spend some time and money.

Gifts for Avid Readers from
A selection of unique, and often aesthsetically pleasing book-related gifts gathered from various stores for the book lover in your life (including yourself). Some of the unique or well-thought-out items include a cutting board that looks like a book, literary action figures, a book pillow, some creative book ends, a child-reading-a-book garden statue, a revolving book shelf, and more.

The Library Shop @ the NY Public Library
A selection of unique and often bautiful book-related gifts, including a book cutting board; some literary jewelry (including scrabble and typewriter jewelry, Edward Gorey (The Shrinking of Treehorn) cat and book pins); stuffed toys and characters from picture books; typewriter-key photo holders and magnetic clips; some interesting bookends, including bookends that look like books; literary mugs, bowls, tea cups, and napkins; and more.

Children's Book Council
The Children's Book Council (CBC) has a great selection of children's picture book posters, bookmarks, postcards, and more available for purchase at their online store--inculding a beautiful "Rise Up Reading" streamer by picture boook author/illustrator Peter Reynolds (Ish), and breathtaking posters by Chris Van Allsburg, David Wiesner, and many other wonderful children's illustrators.

Stop Falling
Various book-related and librarian gifts, including book and librarian pins and broaches (including a Filgree Book Pin, a "read" Scrabble pin, and various "Read Books" and "Read" pins); reading and librarian clothing with various quotes; and book-related bags, scarfs, ties.

Book Collector by
Book Collector is a great program for people who love books–and who want to keep track of which books are in their collection, which books they still want to buy or borrow from the library, or even which books they’ve read.

It’s super easy and fast to add a book–all you have to do is type in the title, author, or isbn, or scan the isbn, and it will do a search for you online, grabbing the title, a thumbnail image of the cover, and all the relevant information, even the summary written up in an online bookstore. You can even export your book lists to your iPod or PDA, so you can view them in the store (pro edition only). There are so many ways you can organize the books, even adding or deleting columns, creating columns with your own titles, grouping them in folders (like by genre, publisher, or author), and searching is fast and easy. I love this program; it was well worth the money I spent on it. Check it out.

The ALA Store
The ALA store has a selection of wonderful book-related posters and bookmarks, including celebrity-read posters, author series posters, and posters based on children's picture books and TV and film characters (including DC's Superman); banned books week posters and bookmarks; and book and reading related stationary, jewelry, bibs, pet collars, cups, and more.

The OLA Store
The Canadian version of the ALA store, for readers and buyers in Canada. They have much of the same things that the ALA store does.

Buttons, t-shirts, and mugs with sayings that will appeal to librarians and book lovers.

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Teen Fiction Booklists

Mental Health In YA: A Reading List
Discover some YA novels that deal with various aspects of mental health, including depression, suicide, self harm, PTSD, and more.

Gift Cards at various online book stores
If you're looking for a gift a book lover will love, don't forget the obvious--a gift card at an online (or local) book store. It's something I know I delight in, and so do many of my reader friends. There are the obvious online stores--for Americans:, BarnesandNoble, Powells; for Canadians:,; for Britains:, and more.

Reading Rants! Out of the ordinary teen booklists
One of my favourite sites! There are some wonderful booklists here, including Teen Tearjerkers: Stories that will make you sniff; Riot Grrrl: Best Riot Grrrrl Reads!; Bare Bones: Honest Fiction about Weight and Eating Disorders; Closet Club: Gay Fiction for Teens; and more. When you click on each booklist, you get to an engaging summary, review, and rating of the books, along with pictures of the covers. Conversational, interesting, thoughtful and thought-provoking -- need I say more? :)

Favourite Teenage Angst Books
One of my favourite teen book review sites! Short, succinct, thoughtful reviews about some powerful books. Categories include: sex and love; fitting in; mixed-up families; pressure; trouble; healing; and more. Easy to navigate and read, and visually pleasing. Also has a message board, a section of links, and some "cool bits".

YALSA Booklists and Awards (Young Adult Library Services Association)
Great lists of books for teens by YALSA. Extensive lists, including best books from 2004 all the way to 1994.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Teen Reads
A great set of booklists by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, organized by topic, including mysteries and thrillers, fiction with lesbian and gay characters, teen pregnancy and parenthood, fiction about changing the world, fiction about mental illness, and more.

ATN - Book Lists (Suggested Reading)
This is an extensive site of booklists for teens--including booklists organized by theme, values, genre, author, award, if you like... you'll like..., and more. You can find books to fit almost any taste on this site--and almost any topic.

Teen Book Reviews @ Bookloons
Check out the reviews of books some well-known authors, including Joan Aiken, Lloyd Alexander, David Almond, and more. And while you're there, they have a list of book-related contests for both adults and teens, and links to various excerpts and samples of teen writing.

Teens Read: Lesbian/Gay & Questioning Identity
Santa Clara County Teen Services
A list of teen books, which short summaries, with lesbian/gay themes.

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Book Reviews by Teens

Great, well-organized site of book reviews (and summaries) by teens, organized by subject. Teens can submit their reviews.

Smartgirl Book Reviews
This site has TONS of book reviews by teens and young girls. You can read reviews, or submit your own. There are also reviews on movies, magazines, music, TV, travel, and more.

Teen Zone: Teen Reviews 2004
Reviews of books by teens, some very thoughtful and indepth, some less so. All books are given a rating by the teen who read them. Teens can submit their reviews by email.

Journey Into a Good Book: Cumberland Public Library
Very short comments on books by teens (the age of the teen mentioned), sometimes only saying something like "I liked the book," organized by genre.

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Book and Reading Humor

Book Jokes @ Basic Jokes
This site has a set of truly enjoyable humor about books. However, there are a lot of pop-ups and ads on this site, which can interfere with the enjoyment. My top favorites in their book humor are "Spy Novel" (which I enjoyed immensely), and "Reference Queries," some of which made me laugh out loud. From Reference Queries: "Actual reference queries reported by American and Canadian library reference desk workers of various levels. 'Do you have books here?''Do you have a list of all the books I've ever read?'"

Something Called ... B-O-O-K
A short, funny vignette on a new product called book. :) Author unknown. This has been around the internet for a while. Enjoyable! "Announcing the new Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge device (BOOK). It's a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy to use even a child can operate it. Just lift its cover..."

Silly Signs
Some of these signs spotted around the world are very funny. Signs such as: "Kids with gas eat free." Or how about this one: "Illiterate? Write for free help." Laughing yet? :) And if you like those, check out these silly and stupid things as well.

A site where you can read and submit non-words (words people think should be words, or words that should be in the dictionary). Try out their randomizer on the right.

Book In-Jokes
A list of in-jokes found inside books (mostly in their indexes) by Tal Cohen.

Library Humor
Some great library humour at IFLANET "Library Humour ... if we can't laugh at ourselves, who can?

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Picture Book Review Sites and Blogs

Cheryl Rainfield's Picture Book Reviews
My site, :) which has extensive reviews of picture books, as well as books organized by subject.

The PlanetEsme Plan: The Best New Children's Books from Esme's Shelf (blog)
A great blog with frequent postings about new and interesting picture books. Well written, opinionated, lively, and sometimes funny, these reviews will help you find some picture books that interest you. Recommended!

Children's Books at
Picture book reviews written by Elizabeth Kennedy, a children's educator. There's a lot to explore on this site, with picture book reviews organized by subject and age, links to good picture book lists, resources, and more.

Favourite Reads, Children's Picture Books, by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Brief reviews and recommendations of picture books by author Cynthia Leitch Smith. The reviews are organized by title, and there are a lot to look at; you're sure to find a book you like.

Big A, Little A: Children's Book, Writing, & Life
An entertaining and thoughtful blog written by Kelly Herold, featuring reviews of children's and teen books; links to children's and teen book reviews in various newspapers and other sources; poetry Friday; interviews with authors; and more.

In the
Brief reviews of children's and teen fiction by a librarian, and discussion about books.

Just One More Book
Regular podcasts of children's book reviews that you can download to your computer or MP3 player and listen to.

KidLit: Books and more for children and teens
Brief, thoughtful reviews of new picture books, middle grade books, and YA books.

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Teen Fiction Book Review Sites and Blogs

Favourite Teenage Angst Books
One of my favourite teen book review sites! Short, succinct, thoughtful reviews about some powerful books. Categories include: sex and love; fitting in; mixed-up families; pressure; trouble; healing; and more. Easy to navigate and read, and visually pleasing. Also has a message board, a section of links, and some "cool bits".

YA Book Central
You can add a book to their database--so if your book isn't there, submit it. :) Press releases, book reviews, bios, and news items can also be submitted here. There are also reader guides, study guides, teacher guides, contests, and a monthly newsletter.

Children's and Young Adult Book Reading Resources by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Cynthia Leitich Smith covers a huge amount of children's and teen books, giving a summary of the book's story, and a few succinct lines of review. (In the menu on the left, you can choose to browse by age group, genre, etc. Also, click on one of the subtitles under "Bibliographies.") Want to find something good to read? Check out her pages. Cynthia is also a writer for children and teens; you can check out her books as well.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
There are lots of reviews of children's and YA books here, coupled with ideas of how teachers can use them in the classroom. Each book review mentions the grade level, and the books reviewed range from Pre-K all the way up to grade 9. There's a featured book section, and an archive of all reviewed books. Reviews are also categorized by theme, topic, and subject, and there's a free monthly newsletter. Great for educators!
This site has well-written and thoughtful reviews, an author section featuring authors that has interviewed or featured their book on, a book club and reading guide for teens, a message board, and a newsletter.

Richie's Picks
More great YA book picks and reviews. Features long excerpts from the books themselves, though not as much commentary. You can also receive the reviews by email. Curled Up With a Good Book
This site reviews many types of books, fiction and non-fiction. Although they do not focus on YA fiction, they do review it, and the reviews are thoughtful. The reviewers clearly know teen fiction.

CM Magazine Canadian Review of Materials
Great reviews, well-written and thoughtful. This site has reviews of books for kids and teens, and mainly focuses on Canadian titles. The site has reviews going back to 1972, as well as current titles, and you can search by title, author, date, age/grade, or read the current issue or the back issues.

Reader's Club: Young Adult
Tons of reviews of teen books, organized by subject. Lots to read here! They also have reviews by celebrities (authors, actors, etc).

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Teen Book Discussion Groups and Blogs

Book Muse
BookMuse offers "discussion, thoughtful commentaries, author bios, leader's tips, suggestions for further reading" for books for all ages, including picture books and teen fiction. (See the sections on the left.)

A lively teen fiction book discussion blog, where teens or anyone reading teen fiction can post comments about the books being read.

SMFPL Teen Book Blog
A teen fiction discussion blog led by Christina, Teen Services Librarian.

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Children's and YA Book Awards
You can find some great books that you might otherwise have missed through book awards.

Children's Book Awards at the CLWG
The most comprehensive guide to English-language children's book awards on the Internet. Does not link to the actual award sites, but lists which books (and authors) won the awards each year.

Children's Book Awards
Lists many awards for Children's books, with links to application forms for the awards, or the acutal sites that host the awards.

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Free Book Swap

Book Mooch
"Give books away, get books you want." You pay only for the postage of the books you send to others. Sounds like a great way to get books that you want or that are new to you--trade your old ones. It works on a system of points, where you get a certain amount of points for listing books you're willing to mail to others, a certain amount for actually shipping books, and then a certain amount detracted for books that you request. It looks like fun.

Readers United
An online book swapping group, where you can get books you want for only the cost of postage (you mail books you don't want to others, paying for the postage, and you can request books). A great idea.

PaperBack Swap
Another online book swapping group, where you can get books you want for only the cost of postage (you mail books you don't want to others, paying for the postage, and you can request books).

Book Crossing
This is a different kind of book exchange program--it's a lot more hit and miss, but it sounds fun to participate. Readers select books they've enjoyed, and then leave them somewhere--on a park bench, at a coffee shop, at a hotel on vacation. They also imput on the BookCrossing website where they've left the book (and at what time and day) and zealous 'book hunters' may actually find a book...though I think it's more likely that a random person will. People who patricipate attach a BookCrossing post-it on the book that lets the person who discovers it know that the book is a freebie, that they can take it home and read it. You can track books online and see which ones have found new owners, and how many times. A neat idea.

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Poetry Online--Classic and Contemporary
The Poem Tree has a nice selection of poetry from both contemporary and classic poets, that you can read online. Click on a poet's name on the left to view their poetry on site.
The PoemHunter has about 25,000 poems you can browse, by 4,000 poets, including both classic and contemporary. You can search by title and name. There's also an elist you can subscribe to, to recieve a poem in your mailbox every morning.

Academy of American Poets
You can read or listen to US poems online, and can search by poet, poem.

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Resources for Book Lovers
Can't find that out of book? Try here first. I buy almost all my out-of-print books here. They bring together over 8800 independent bookdealers selling used, secondhand, rare, and out-of-print books. You can also keep a wish list there and abebooks will email you once that book appears. I've never not found a book I wanted there...and at a really reasonable price.

Love to read new books? This is the site for you. They have TONS of excerpts, reviews, author interviews, reading guides, etc. for the newest books, listed by title, author, category, and search. Their categories are very thorough, including books for young adults, children, African Americans, novels with Asian & Indian authors/themes, Self Help, Inspiration, and so much more. Not sure you want a book? Read an excerpt.
There are TONS of book reviews here (a short written one, and then a detailed breakdown of various aspects). You can browse by category, author, or do a search by a title you know. The really nice thing about this site is that if you know a book you really like, you can search it, and then look beneath the review. They link to other books (and reviews of those books) that have similiar rankings. The only think lacking here for me were sections on young adult and lesbian fiction...but I did search for L. M. Montgomery (author of Anne of Green Gables) and found one book by her.

A great site of young adult book reviews! The reviews are short and snappy, and there seem to be at least three new ones every week. A fabulous site.

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Bibliotherapy Booklists for Children and Teen Readers

Mental Health In YA: A Reading List
Discover some YA novels that deal with various aspects of mental health, including depression, suicide, self harm, PTSD, and more.

Bibliotherapy is the use of books to help children/teens get through difficult times and bring healing. Books are read and then discussed. Fiction usually seems to be the most powerful way.

  • Articles on Bibliotherapy:

    Bibliotherapy by Dr. Max Weber
    An article on bibliotherapy with children, including what it is, how to use it, and activities.

    Using Literature to Help Children Cope With Problems
    An article that discusses the importance of bibliotherapy, how to select books, and guidelines.

    Using literature to help adolescents cope with problems - bibliotherapy
    A detailed article on using bibliotherapy with teens.

  • Bibliotherapy Booklists:

    Bibliotherapy Booklists: Helping Young Children Cope in Today's World
    This is one of the best, most extensive collection of bibliotherapy lists I have found. It's provided by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburg. Some of the booklists include: Adoption; AIDS and HIV; Bedtime Fears; Bullies; Child Abuse; Death; Disabilities (with many subcategories); Divorce and Remarriage; Feelings; Homelessness; Homosexuality; Illness, Hospitalization, and Medical Concerns; Moving; Parents in Prison; Self Esteem; Tolerance; and more.

    Bibliotherapy from Madison-Jefferson County Public Library
    Lists include: Adoption; Alcoholism; Alzheimer's disease; Bi-Racial Families; Bullies; Cancer; Dealth of pet or animal; Death and Dying: Siblings; Divorce; Earthquakes; Families With Two Moms or Two Dads; Fire; Floods; Single Parent Household; and more.

    Booklists: Young Adult Fiction at Library Booklists
    The bibliothterapy booklists for teens include Body Image; Bullying; Death, Illness and Loss; Divorce; Drugs; Pregnancy and Parenthood; and Dyslexia.

    Bibliotherapy: Good Book ==> Happier Kid?
    The bibliothterapy booklists for children include books about adoption and foster care; alcoholism and drug abuse; bullying; death and dying; and disabilities; divorce, separation, and stepfamilies. They also have one list for teen books about eating disorders.

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Teen Author Sites and Blogs

Stephanie S. Tolan

Lee Weatherly

Nancy Werlin

Ellen Wittlinger

Jacqueline Woodson

Lara Zeises' site

Lara M. Zeises' blog - Girl Uninterrupted

For even more extensive lists, check out:
SCBWI's listings of more than 7000 children's and YA authors.

CANSCAIP's listings of Canadian children's and YA authors.

Cynthia Leitich Smith's listing of children's and YA authors and illustrators.

Cora Taylor

Elaine Marie Alphin

Laurie Halse Anderson

Pam Bachorz

Joan Bauer

Holly Black

Libba Bray

Susan Taylor Brown

Margaret Buffie

Dia Calhoun

Nan Cappo

Orson Scott Card

Anne Laurel Carter

Charles de Lint

Cinda Chima's site

Cinda Chima's blog - Magic on the Page

Stephenie Meyer

Mary Beth Miller

Wendy Orr

Lisa Papademetriou

Katherine Paterson

Kit Pearson

Mary E. Pearson

Marlene Perez

Rodman Philbrick

Tamora Pierce

Kristen D. Randle

Penni Russon

Darlene Ryan

Linda Joy Singleton

Cynthia Leitich Smith's site

Cynthia Leitich Smith's blog - Cynsations

Sherwood Smith

Brian Malloy

Carolyn MacCullough

Sarah Dessen

Lois Duncan

Jean Ferris

Catherine Fisher

Alex Flinn

Cornelia Funke

Kimberly Newton Fusco

Nancy Garden

Gail Giles

Shannon Hale

Lisa Hark

Brent Hartinger

Barbara Haworth-Attard

Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson

Linda Holeman

Justine Larbalestier's site

Justine Larbalestier's blog

Katherine Sturtevant

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Picture Book Writer Sites and Blogs

Ross MacDonald

Bob McLeod

Kathy Stinson

Rosemary Wells

Helen Lester

Steven Kellogg

Chris Van Allsburg

Toni Buzzeo

Lena Coakley

Babette Cole

Doreen Cronin

Lisa Desimini

Polly Dunbar

Mem Fox

Kevin Henkes

Kimberly Willis Holt

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Picture Book Illustrator Sites and Blogs

Babette Cole

Mary Newell DePalma

Polly Dunbar

Marla Frazee

Chris Gall

Kevin Hawkes

Kevin Henkes

John Himmelman

Ben Hodson

Steven Kellogg

Boris Kulikov

Betsy Lewin

Ross MacDonald

Bob McLeod

Robert Neubecker

Kevin O'Malley

Peter H. Reynolds

Brad Sneed

Shaun Tan

Jackie Urbanovic

Mo Willems

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Quotes About Reading and Books

Reading Quotes
A nice selection of quotes about books and reading.

Reading Quotes @
A great number of quotes about books and reading, with attribution. You can also click on each person quoted and find more quotes.

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