Newbery, Caldecott, Other Kids Book Awards Announced

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The American Library Association on Monday announced its picks for the very best books published for kids in the last year. Kids, parents, teachers and librarians from across the globe try to guess which books will be picked from among the thousands published each year and hope against hope that their favorite gets picked. We've compiled the […]

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Author of the Month Kwame Alexander

Author Kwame Alexander and his novel The Crossover

Identical twins Josh and Jordan couldn’t be more different – even on the basketball court where they both shine thanks to their dad’s pro ball experience – but their bond of brotherhood has always been strong. When a new beauty starts school, both boys fall head over heels, but she's only got eyes for one. […]

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Kwame Alexander Q & A

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Get to know the multi-talented writer, poet, teacher, inspirational speaker and January's Author of the Month, Kwame Alexander as he debunks five myths about his new book, The Crossover, talks about what got him started in writing and what inspires him. Where did you get your idea for this book? Six years ago in New York City, at […]

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Author of the Month Joyce Sidman

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Dusk fell and the cold came creeping, came prickling into our hearts. Winter has arrived in Chicago and everyone, animals included, is preparing for a long, cold season. How do animals survive in the winter? While some animals travel south, many animals are built for the cold. Learn about a few animals, and even some […]

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What’s Beyond Our Earth?

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Look up! Way beyond our atmosphere are 11 Planets, nebula, comets, asteroids, galaxies, billions of stars and much much more. What we know, and even what we don't know, about the universe can't be contained in a Space Encyclopedia, which is why astronomers and everyday citizens, like you, keep searching the skies above. Between December 15 and January […]

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Explore Our Nearest Space Neighbor


When you look up into the sky on a clear night, you may not be able to see many stars, but on most nights, you will be able to see the moon. At one quarter of a million miles away, The Moon is the closest object to the Earth in space. How do the Earth and […]

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Bullying Can End with You

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Does bullying happen in your school? How can you stop bullying in your school or community? National Bullying Prevention Month was created to bring people together to talk about bullying and how to stop it. Unite against bullying by wearing orange this month and by starting a discussion in your school about bullying. There are always two […]

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It’s Easy to DIY Halloween

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I love everything about fall—from the changing leaves to the crisp temperatures to the holidays. And I especially love October because I can’t wait for Halloween. It is the one time of year when it’s OK for you to be just a little bit crazy and over the top. I like to make Halloween my own, […]

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Kids, Are You Staying Safe Online?

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The Internet is a great tool for school and fun, but it can also be a dangerous and sometimes scary place as well. You may think that you are safe on your computer or mobile device, but you need to be smart about what you do and what you share online. Girls and boys alike can […]

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