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Booktalking "Do You Know Dewey?" by Brian Cleary

Melvin Dewey loved to read, and he made up a system to classify nonfiction books in 1876 that is still used in public and school libraries today.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Birthday Ball" by Lois Lowry

Princess Patricia Priscilla and yellow cat, Delicious, lead a life of luxury... but it's boring, boring, boring. Read More ›

Booktalking "I Lived on Butterfly Hill" by Marjorie Agosin

Ten-year-old Celeste is living an idyllic life in Chile with her parents, relatives, and friends Gloria, Lucilia, Marisol and Cristobal... until things start changing. Read More ›

Booktalking "Roller Derby Rivals" by Sue Macy

In New York City in 1948, Midge "Toughie" Brasuhn and Gerry Murray duke it out on the roller rink for the benefit of thousands of TV viewers. Read More ›

Booktalking "Endangered" by Eliot Schrefer

Sophie's in the Congo for the summer, where she helps the bonobos at her mom's sanctuary. Bonobos are an endangered species, and mothers get killed in the wild so that the locals can sell the babies as pets. That is how Sophie meets Otto. Read More ›

Booktalking "Vincent's Colors" by Vincent Van Gogh

yellow sky and sun / blue and white jug / grey-green trees and pink sky / yellow buttercups...Read More ›

Booktalking "Black Gold" by Marguerite Henry

U-see-it is small, but what she lacks in size, she makes up for in heart.Read More ›

Booktalking "Stable" by Ted Lewin

The barn on Caton Place was built in 1930. They provide riding lessons, pony rides, parties, and carriages for special events. Gallop, a therapeutic riding program, helps people with disabilities improve their lives through contact with equines.Read More ›

Booktalking "Molly the Pony" by Pam Kaster

A children's book telling the story of a pony with a prosthetic leg.Read More ›

Booktalking "Blue Ribbon Summer" by Catherine Hapka

Brooke is in love with her Chincoteague pony, Foxy. She schools the pony herself, but it is a slow, gradual process. Read More ›

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 ›
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