Alice’s 150 Years in Wonderland

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Don't be late to the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll's classic tale of the little girl who falls down the rabbit hole was originally published in 1865. To celebrate, the original publisher of Alice, Macmillan, has created some fun activities including a board game and playing cards. With so […]

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Royal Baby Watch: Countdown with Books

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Eagerly awaiting the birth of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s second royal bundle of joy? Get your Anglophile fix with these reads. Brush up on the expectant parents’ love story. William and Kate: A Royal Love Story and William & Kate: A Royal Love Story spill the juicy details of how the dashing prince fell for the sophisticated commoner. Relive their […]

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Paddington Rides into Theaters

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Paddington, beloved star of the classic British children's book series, arrives in theaters January 16, for his feature film debut. The film promises to capture the delightfully madcap bear's London hijinks with his adoptive family, the Browns. Paddington's story began when a BBC cameraman, Michael Bond, published A Bear Called Paddington in 1958, inspired by a stuffed bear he bought for […]

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Picture Book Buzz of 2014


As the year wraps up, many "Best of the Year" lists are coming out. Goodreads just announced its Best Picture Books of 2014, and it's no surprise that fan favorite Mo Willems won for The Pigeon Needs A Bath! My favorite from the Goodreads list is Gaston, the heartwarming story of a feisty bulldog who doesn't match his posh […]

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Festive Fall Activities

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I've always loved fall, probably because my birthday is in October. So I'll take any excuse to put on a sweater, pick some Apples and stomp through some crispy leaves. The official first day of autumn is September 22, which means it's time to heat up some apple cider and hunt for the perfect pumpkin to carve. You […]

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Fun Ways to Live Healthy

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, so why not learn some healthy habits to start off the new school year? Reading about healthy eating doesn't have to be boring like an old textbook. The Monster Health Book offers tasty menu tips and food group facts with a dose of humor. Even better than just reading about nutrition, why not […]

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We’re Off to See the Wizard!

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It's been 75 years since Dorothy stepped into the technicolor world of munchkins and flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz, which still ranks as one of the most awesome movies of all time. The film is based on the book by Chicago native L. Frank Baum, with a few details changed. For example, did you know that Dorothy's shoes were […]

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Best Celebrity Breakup Songs

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Reigning queen of celebrity breakup songs, Taylor Swift, just announced that her new album, 1989, will be released October 27. Of all her confessional tunes, "Dear John" is my favorite. She really stuck it to John Mayer on this track from 2010's Speak Now. Well...allegedly the song was about him. Ahem. "Don't you think I was too young to be […]

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May the 4th Be with You!

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May the 4th has been adopted by fans as Star Wars Day due to its similarity to the movie's catchphrase, "May the Force be with you." With Episode VII  slated to open December 18, 2015, interest in the series is intensifying again. But let's not forget where the phenomenon began. During it its initial release […]

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