The Undefeated. A new book for children.

The Undefeated. A new book for children. Our beloved author Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover, won the American Library Association’s 2020 Randolph Caldecott Medal with illustrator Kadir Nelson for The Undefeated. This book was originally performed for ESPN’s show by the same name, and offers history, perspective on the present, and insight into the…

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Caterpillar Summer.

Caterpillar Summer. A charming summer seaside story for middle graders. Caterpillar Summer is a novel for middle graders written by Gillian McDunn. McDunn takes on family issues of loss, children’s special needs, and extended family dynamics. Cat is the responsible older sister, stepping in to take on more responsibilities – and more and more. Cat…

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ASA book drive!

ASA book drive! Thanks to you, what a success! We decided to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy with our own month of service, collecting used children’s books for donation to ReadWS. Throughout January, we placed bins for book collection at the center, and you responded with even more donations than last year. Thank you…

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Snow days!

Snow days!  Kids love them, and to be honest, from time to time we love them too.  It’s so great to have a chance to pause and breathe and see the beauty of a winter day around us.  And who doesn’t love an excuse for an extra cup of coffee? OK, back to reality.  The…

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Winter solstice reading.

Winter solstice reading. A tradition at our home. Years ago, Cynthia read about a family who paused during the hectic days leading up to the ‘famous’ winter holidays. The pause was intentional, to celebrate a change in the natural world, and to engage in rest, relaxation and reading. The family celebrated winter solstice, the shortest…

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Classic children’s books

Classic children’s books. While cleaning out accumulated clutter, we came across our collection of best-loved classic children’s books. It sparked a lot of fond memories of reading to the kids, and then listening as they read. We do love reading books alongside our older teens. But we can still remember with great joy when we…

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