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Celebrate the Summer Solstice

As we approach the summer solstice on June 21, we can recall many literary classics inspired by and set around this time of the year . Fans of early British literature may think of Edmund Spenser’s intricately wrought poem “Epithalamion,” in which Spenser riffs on the classic Greek marriage songs. Epithalamium were originally written to be performed […]

Book Magic

In 1971, I was in second grade. My school’s library was in a temporary building that had been in place since the early ‘50s. It was a magical place, with three shelves of orange biographies, the requisite rainbow of World Book encyclopedias, and all my best friends: Beezus, The Great Brain, The Littlest Witch, Dorothy […]

The Word Burglar Dictionary Designers!

Oolong. Guffaw. Bellicose. Lollygag. Onomatopoeia! So many words, but so little time. Did you know children’s vocabulary nearly doubles between grades 3 and 7? Help your kids learn new words with an activity inspired by Chris Cander’s The Word Burglar. Grab those magazines piling up on the coffee table and start creating your own dictionary.

Your Kids Will Never Know It’s Math

Summer is right around the corner and kids are already squirming in their desks, ready to leave learning behind. But you can keep that growing brain engaged, even after the final school bell rings. Invite your child to put on “math goggles” for all the activities in Robin A. Ward’s book Math + Art = […]

Hoo’s Your Favorite Author?

When you work in publishing and you meet someone new, she, or he, either asks what your favorite book is tells you she has written a book. Logical conversational gambits, both. The problem is, if you work in publishing, you are not a gourmet reader with one favorite volume, you are a gourmand, with volumes […]

Big Talking

It just stands to reason that the state with the tallest tales should have the most engaging expressions. Texas diction is chock full of wit and whimsy, valuable advice and truisms. Whether you want to cook up a whopper, shoot straight or never say pea turkey about nothin’, you can find a delightful expression for […]

The Rodeo Diet

Everybody’s something-free these days: gluten-free, dairy-free, tree nut-free and more. We know so much more about how our marvelous bodies work than ever before, and we know what fuel they need to function optimally. Now that it’s rodeo time, let’s remember that it’s ok to be fried-twinkie free, or cotton-candy-free, but some foods are sacred […]

Put Some Spring in Your Text

We’ve been knee deep in baseball books this past year, and aside from interactions with the charming authors and a new understanding of America’s favorite pastime, what has been most delightful is discovering the richness of baseball language. Old-fashioned, descriptive, passionate and creative, baseball terminology presents a verbal feast unmatched by any industry accessible to […]