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Corey R. Tabor: Picturebooking, Episode 71

In All, Picturebooking, Podcasts by Nick Patton1 Comment

Corey R. Tabor is the illustrator behind the beautiful and imaginative picture book A DARK, DARK CAVE. This story has suspense, exploration and a fun twist. On today’s show Corey talks about making the art for this book, his journey into children’s literature and his debut as an author-illustrator with the picture book FOX AND THE JUMPING CONTEST.

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A Wide Open Window: How Ezra Jack Keats Found Peter

In Books, Inside the Book by Carter Higgins0 Comments

You remember Peter. You probably grew up with him, whether you are eight or eight times eight. That’s because Peter is a hero, collaged from words and hope and universal experiences. Painted and presented by a man who knew the same.

This, then, is a look at Peter’s roots, how he came onto the page, and who the man was that really truly saw him.

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Best of 2016: Comics

In Books by Matthew Winner1 Comment

Over the years, comic books have gravitated from stories about superheroes to stories about everyday people, portraying a variety of cultural backgrounds and a wide range of themes that speak to readers. Today’s comics allow us to witness moments of loss, vulnerability, bravery, and friendship, and at the end of the day, comics speak to the diverse and complicated situations readers deal with every day. The following comics represent the most insightful and beautiful of 2016 and help readers see themselves in the books they love in new and exciting ways. Enjoy our list of the best comics of 2016.

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Best of 2016: Chapter Books to YA

In Books by Matthew Winner0 Comments

The novels we read this year brought readers hope, challenged their perceptions, and illuminated experiences in ways both lasting and affecting. Enjoy our list of the best novels of 2016, as selected by the team at All The Wonders.

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Best of 2016: Nonfiction Picture Books

In Books by Matthew Winner1 Comment

What we read in nonfiction picture books can teach us about ourselves, one another, and the world around us. Whether by learning about an historic figure’s contribution to knowledge or well-being, or in the way we are called to take notice of what’s going on outside our window, these books call on us to ask big questions and to listen closely for answers. Enjoy our list of the best nonfiction picture books of 2016, as selected by the team at All The Wonders.

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Best of 2016: Picture Books

In Books by Matthew Winner2 Comments

Excellence abounded in picture books this year, taking the form of piano-playing bears, Debbie-loving foxes, and the secret language of insects. Enjoy our list of the best picture books of 2016, as selected by the team at All The Wonders.

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Inspiration Collages

In Crafts by Mel Schuit0 Comments

Ezra Jack Keats was inspired by a photo of a little boy when he created The Snowy Day. Today we will be making our own collages based on the people, places, and things in our lives that inspire us the most.

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Making Something Beautiful

In Crafts by Mel Schuit2 Comments

In Maybe Something Beautiful, one child sets out to spread joy and light in her community by using the transformative powers of art. Contributor Katie Penry shows us how we can do the same in our own neighborhoods with a fun, inspired craft.

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Transform Your Neighborhood

In Crafts by Katey Howes0 Comments

Bloggers and book-loving-moms Lauren Davis and Katey Howes have teamed up to offer parents, teachers and caregivers this list of simple, actionable ways you and your children can transform your community into “something beautiful.”

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The Color Tamer Game

In Crafts by Katey Howes0 Comments

Share this Post This week we feature all the wonders of author/illustrator Julia Denos’ new book, Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color. You may have read books about color before, …

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Make Your Own Little Card

In All, Crafts by Matthew Winner0 Comments

National Library Week 2016 is April 10-16, and we want to help promote this great opportunity to sign up for a library card, see what’s going on at your local library branch, and tell those hard-working library employees how much you appreciate their dedication to reading and access to great literature for all. That’s why we invited A Big Surprise for Little Card illustrator Anna Raff to help us create a Little Card of our own!

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Swap! Pirate Ship Snacks

In Crafts by Katey Howes1 Comment

One of the super things about SWAP! (that I’m pretty sure author/illustrator Steve Light never suspected as he wrote it) is that it is packed with snacking potential. After all, what does any average group of kids do when they sit down in the cafeteria and open their lunch boxes?
They SWAP!

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HOME by Carson Ellis: Mini Houses Craft

In Crafts by Danielle Davis0 Comments

Home is a beautiful book. It’s a meditation on where we live. City and country. Splendid and simple. Real and imagined. This craft is less instructional and more inspirational. Do you want to make a mini home like one from the cover of the book? Or would you rather dream up your own? Please do!

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Something Extraordinary Tissue Paper Dandelion

In All, Crafts by Danielle Davis2 Comments

The cover of Something Extraordinary contains a wish. A boy blowing on a dandelion, as you do. The first page tells us what the wish is: to fly. In fact, everything the boy wishes for is extraordinary like that. But as the book goes on, the boy learns that extraordinary stuff is in the every day too. Wish granted!

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Leo: A Ghost Story Popsicle Stick Puppets

In Crafts by Danielle Davis0 Comments

Leo: A Ghost Story is a book that reflects a child’s imagination with its pretend-play, the way a ghost feels commonplace, and the fact that Christian Robinson’s illustrations are created out of imperfect cut-paper. Also, knights of the round table and sidewalk chalk drawings!

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Make Your Own Clay Alien

In All, Crafts by Danielle Davis0 Comments

YOUR ALIEN by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Goro Fujita, will make you want your own alien. In fact, because the book is written in second person, it says you will see an alien out your window and you will want to keep him. Of course you will!

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Little Tree Embroidered Leaf Patch

In All, Crafts by Danielle Davis0 Comments

Loren Long’s LITTLE TREE is a sweet, sweet book. It’s about a tree who hangs on to its leaves, who can’t let go. I think of this craft as a merit badge. It would be a really neat way to recognize a recent or future achievement for a kid. Letting go of something in order to take a step toward growth? Embracing a new challenge? Being brave? We’ve got a patch for that.

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Corey R. Tabor: Picturebooking, Episode 71

In All, Picturebooking, Podcasts by Nick Patton1 Comment

Corey R. Tabor is the illustrator behind the beautiful and imaginative picture book A DARK, DARK CAVE. This story has suspense, exploration and a fun twist. On today’s show Corey talks about making the art for this book, his journey into children’s literature and his debut as an author-illustrator with the picture book FOX AND THE JUMPING CONTEST.

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Home Book Trailer

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Artist Carson Ellis has shared a beautiful story through her art and words in HOME. Each dwelling tells a tale and this book trailer Carson created with Central Office is a look into the studio and the life of the artist.

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The Reading Ninja

In All, Original, Videos by Blake Hamilton0 Comments

All The Wonders couldn’t let National Ninja Day pass without adding our own story to the mix. We hope it inspires you to grab some crayons and create your own. But first, behold the power of the animated GIF in our three-part ninja tale!