The Joy of Music Instruction

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The school year started off with a bang in my house—or should I say a high-pitched SQUEAK! It seems that many schools think the fourth grade is an excellent year to teach kids to play an instrument. Not only did my son get introduced to band instruments during the first few weeks of school, but only two […]

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Ilene Cooper Q & A

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Celebrate Women's History Month and get to know March's Author of the Month, Ilene Cooper, as she talks about the inspiration behind her latest book, A Woman in the House (and Senate), how she got her start in writing and her love of books. Where did you get your idea for this book? I have always been […]

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Author of the Month Ilene Cooper

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Can you guess how many women were members of Congress for the first 128 years the United States was a country? Not one! It was not until 1917 that a woman was elected to the House of Representatives. Do you know how many serve today? A Woman in the House (and Senate), the latest from […]

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Superhero Series Inspire Love of Reading

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My son was a late bloomer when it came to reading on his own. He loved books, but only if Mom read to him. Then his after-school teacher gave him a book that changed our lives forever! The Adventures Of Captain Underpants awoke something in my son that no other book could—his love of reading. It […]

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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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