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Books for Better: Books to Nurture Empathy

In All, Books by Lauren Davis0 Comments

This month’s Books For Better theme is “Books to nurture empathy.” The more our little ones read, learn about others, and see themselves in stories conveying messages of empathy, the more this virtue will become an instinctual part of their behavior and makeup.

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Mac Barnett and Adam Rex: All The Wonders, Episode 287

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Mac Barnett and Adam Rex, author and illustrator of How This Book Was Made, stop by the podcast to talk about Mac’s interest in form and the picture book as a live performance, as well as the value Adam sees in taking time to make distance from your work in progress in order to reach a final illustration that feels, to the reader, inevitable.

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Alexis Braud: Picturebooking, Episode 61

In All, Picturebooking, Podcasts by Nick Patton1 Comment

Alexis Braud is the author and illustrator of PARADE. This is a book that celebrates the Louisiana culture of parading but what drew me into it was the notion of starting. Just getting yourself out there and starting something without much fanfare. Putting yourself on display and parading … even if it is only a parade of one small creature … something special might come of it, if only we start.

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Books for Better: Books to Nurture Empathy

In All, Books by Lauren Davis0 Comments

This month’s Books For Better theme is “Books to nurture empathy.” The more our little ones read, learn about others, and see themselves in stories conveying messages of empathy, the more this virtue will become an instinctual part of their behavior and makeup.

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Books For Better: Books to Evoke Change

In All, Books by Lauren Davis2 Comments

This month’s Books For Better theme is “Books to evoke change.” Our children are fierce; let us never underestimate them. They can be, in the words of the great Mahatma Gandhi, the change they wish to see in the world. Let’s utilize great books to help them on their way.

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Our Big Book Block Party

In All, Books by Matthew Winner0 Comments

This summer we threw a Big Book Block Party and invited all of our team members at All The Wonders to share a post to introduce themselves on the site. We’ve called all of our special guest back around the buffet table once more in case you missed the chance to meet any of them.

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The Color Tamer Game

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Mac Barnett and Adam Rex: All The Wonders, Episode 287

In All, All The Wonders Podcast, Podcasts by Matthew Winner0 Comments

Mac Barnett and Adam Rex, author and illustrator of How This Book Was Made, stop by the podcast to talk about Mac’s interest in form and the picture book as a live performance, as well as the value Adam sees in taking time to make distance from your work in progress in order to reach a final illustration that feels, to the reader, inevitable.

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Alexis Braud: Picturebooking, Episode 61

In All, Picturebooking, Podcasts by Nick Patton1 Comment

Alexis Braud is the author and illustrator of PARADE. This is a book that celebrates the Louisiana culture of parading but what drew me into it was the notion of starting. Just getting yourself out there and starting something without much fanfare. Putting yourself on display and parading … even if it is only a parade of one small creature … something special might come of it, if only we start.

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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

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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!