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The Art of Friendship

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We invited some of Kelly Light’s friends (and their beloved book characters) to don Louise’s iconic red glasses and say a few words about what the art of friendship means to them to celebrate the release of LOUISE AND ANDIE: THE ART OF FRIENDSHIP.

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On Summer

In All, Books by Lauren Davis2 Comments

Lauren Davis reflects on what summer reading meant to her as a child, and what she hopes it comes to mean to her own kids, in this meditative and personal piece.

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The Art of Friendship

In All, Books by Matthew Winner0 Comments

We invited some of Kelly Light’s friends (and their beloved book characters) to don Louise’s iconic red glasses and say a few words about what the art of friendship means to them to celebrate the release of LOUISE AND ANDIE: THE ART OF FRIENDSHIP.

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On Summer

In All, Books by Lauren Davis2 Comments

Lauren Davis reflects on what summer reading meant to her as a child, and what she hopes it comes to mean to her own kids, in this meditative and personal piece.

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The Fox and The Star

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Share this Post The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith is more than just your average picture book. It’s an experience that you take in slowly and thoughtfully, and …

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Letter to My Younger Self: Paul Czajak

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Many of the experiences we have in elementary school shape the person we become in our adulthood. We invited author Paul Czajak to send a letter to his younger self along with a copy of the Monster Needs to Go To School, written by Paul and illustrated by Wendy Grieb.

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A Morning with Grandpa

In All, Books by Matthew Winner3 Comments

Creating a picture book can be at times mysterious and magical. Often authors and illustrators of the same book never meet. Rather, once the author has completed the manuscript, it is then sent to an illustrator who will work with an art director in order to make sure the illustrations are just right. So we thought it would be fun to give an author and an illustrator the chance to interview each other about their contributions to the same book.

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Letter To My Younger Self: Matthew Cordell

In All, Books by Matthew Winner2 Comments

Many of the experiences we have in elementary school shape the person we become in our adulthood. We invited author/illustrator Matthew Cordell to send a letter to his younger self along with a copy of the Knowing Book, written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and illustrated by Matt.

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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

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

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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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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!

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The Making of Cloud Country, Part 1 of 3

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Noah Klocek’s first picture book, CLOUD COUNTRY, written by Bonny Becker, will debut on November 3rd. The story centers on a hopeful cloudmaker named Gale who desperately wants to graduate from Formation School. Today Noah’s opening his studio to us for an opportunity to see some of the work that went into creating CLOUD COUNTRY. Part 1 of this three-part video series offers up a look at Noah’s sketchbook and the various beginnings that led him to creating this whimsical story.