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Booktalking "The Lost and Found Pony" by Tracy Dockray

The pony in this story is plaintive and adorable. Read More ›

Booktalking "Born to Trot" by Marguerite Henry

Rosalind is a mare that Gibson can hang his hopes on. The young boy loves exercising horses, and he loves the way that the trotting Standardbred moves. She is all heart, and she responds to her driver's urging with all that she has.Read More ›

Children's Book Week is May 4-10, 2015!

At a recent Children's Literary Salon, Children's Book Council Communications Director, Nicole Deming, gave a presentation about the history and present day of Children's Book Week.Read More ›

Book TV: Author Interviews and More

Book TV features interviews with authors, which may be followed by audience questions, information about book fairs and other book-related events across the nation, panel discussions that feature authors discussing literary themes, and interviews with curators and mobile book librarians.Read More ›

Booktalking "Goal!" by Mina Javaherbin

Ajani and friends play football in South Africa... after he has finished his homework and gotten water from the well.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Summer of May" by Cecilia Galante

May and Olive text each other all day long. May's fiery temperament is calmed by Olive's gentle ways; they seem to complement each other... until they stop understanding each other.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Judaism

The event was hosted by Betsy Bird, Youth Materials Specialist, and it featured Marjorie Ingall from Tablet Magazine, Joanna Sussman from Kar-Ben Publishing, and Barbara Krasner from the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.Read More ›

Booktalking "Dear Wandering Wildebeest" by Irene Latham

African animals grace the pages of this thoughtfully illustrated book.Read More ›

Booktalking "Carmen Learns English" by Judy Cox

Carmen teaches her little sister Lupita English, and she teaches the kids at school Español, solamente un poquito.Read More ›

Booktalking "Animal Stars" by Robin Ganzert

Everyone on the crew falls in love with canine and feline film actors. The human actors, fans and crew alike love walking around holding cuddly animals.Read More ›

Booktalking "Otto the Book Bear" by Katie Cleminson

Otto is a book bear. He loves books, and he also lives inside one. Read More ›

Booktalking "Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile" by Gloria Houston

Dorothy missed librarianship, but then the people had a town meeting in which it was brought up that they used to have a rolling library. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Incredible Book Eating Boy" by Oliver Jeffers

Henry has a voracious appetite for books, and he cannot stop consuming them. One day, he gets bored, so he sneaks a taste of a single page, which leads to a chapter, and eventually an entire book.Read More ›

Mango Languages: Travel the World

Want to learn a new language? Do you know that we have a service that provides visual and auditory instruction for 64 different languages?Read More ›

Kentucky Horse Park: Museums and More

Lexington, Kentucky is the "Horse Capital of the World." While Louisville hosts the Kentucky Derby, horse farms abound throughout the state. For me, Lexington's prime asset is the amazing Kentucky Horse Park, which I was fortunate enough to visit. I participated in 4-H Horse Bowl, which is a jeopardy-like game involving trivia questions. Our team received 1st place in New York State in the 1990s, so we were invited 

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Booktalking "Get Real" by Mara Rockliff

Cheap stuff wreaks havoc on the environment. Read More ›

Booktalking "Smart Boys" by Barbara Kerr

However, gifted males can face social isolation from their peers due to their intellectual differences. They often feel pressured to choose between excellence and normality.Read More ›

NYC Teen Author Festival, March 2015

This two-day event is a terrific forum for allowing new authors to present about their work. Many authors, teachers, librarians and teens attend this event.Read More ›

Booktalking "5 Levels of Gifted" by Deborah Ruf

Gifted kids are characterized by intensity, creativity, precocity, perfectionism, and idealism.Read More ›

Booktalking "Genius Denied" by Jan and Bob Davidson

Gifted kids are often bored in academic classes with their age-mates, and they do not share similar interests. Therefore, they can feel lonely and get depressed or angry if their educational and socio-emotional needs are not met. Luckily, there are some solutions. Read More ›
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