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find out when new books are released by your favorite authors – for free

I have so many favorite authors, sometimes it’s hard to keep on top of what their new releases are. Longtime readers might remember that I’ve longed for a service that would notify me of new author releases, pulling together all … Continue reading

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Finding favorite childhood books where you can’t remember title, author, or illustrator info

It is such a wonderful feeling to find childhood favorites, books that you thought you’d lost forever. They’re such treasure, like gold; they bring back a wash of good feeling. That just happened to me. There was a book that … Continue reading

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Michele Landsberg’s memory of the Children’s Room at Fuse #8

I love Michelle Landsberg’s (Michele Landsberg’s Guide to Children’s Books) way of thinking about many things, and her enthusiasm about books, so I was excited to read about her memory of the Children’s Room. Head on over to Fuse #8 … Continue reading

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Find the word count for published YA and children’s books

Have you ever wondered how many words are in a published YA or children’s book? I have. Children’s and YA writers, especially, may want to know this, to compare their own manuscripts to those of other writers, especially in particular … Continue reading

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wheeeee! Library ELF works beautifully :)

Remember when I told you about Library Elf here? (The free online service you can sign up for, that sends you an email BEFORE your library books are due–and alerts you when your holds have arrived.) Well, it works beautifully. … Continue reading

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Fantastic new way to read picture books online, see if you want to buy them

I’m really excited about LookyBook. LookyBook is a fantastic new site that offers a free way to read entire picture books online, cover to cover. Simply click on the cover of a book you’re interested in reading, and it will … Continue reading

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books as art – sorted books

If you love books, you may enjoy the series of photographs artist Nina Katchadourian has taken and arranged in what she calls the Sorted Books project. Katchadourian goes through collections of books, sorts them by title, and then arranges the … Continue reading

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where to find excerpts of YA books online

photo by juliaf at I love reading excerpts of YA books online. I think that every book that’s online should have excerpts for readers to read. It’s the first thing I do when I’m considering purchasing a book in … Continue reading

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Michael Rosen suggests ways to make poetry friendly

Michael Rosen (Michael Rosen’s Sad Book) suggests fifteen ways to make a poetry in the classroom friendly in this Guardian article. The suggestions are, I think, great ones, including posting some poetry in the classroom and then not saying anything … Continue reading

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Children’s and Teen Authors’ Name Pronounciation has a wonderful children’s and teen Author Pronunciation Guide, where you can click on an author’s name and hear them pronounce their name themselves, along with a short little dialog about their name. If you’re ever discussing children’s authors, … Continue reading

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