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Women’s History Month: 3 Heroines to Share With Your Daughter

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It’s Women’s History Month and we are looking forward to all the events and books that celebrate the impact that women have on the world. In addition to bringing you the latest pop culture news and reviews where women are the focus, this month, we are also going to share with you some of the best BookTrib articles of the past that celebrate women and diversity.  Today, we feature this piece from March 11th, 2015 about three heroines you can share with you daughter. When it comes to books, my 8-year-old girl is a reader with a broad palette. She loves princesses. Then again, she loves super heroes. She loves magic, adventure and inanimate objects that come to life (I’m looking at you, Olaf…

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Black, White and (well) Read: Diverse Bookfinder Makes Diversity in Children’s Literature a Priority

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According to the U. S. Census Bureau, by 2020, “more than half of the nation’s children are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group.” Therefore, it will be important for literature, specifically books, to accurately represent the diversity of the population. Growing up as a biracial child, it wasn’t easy for me to relate or identify with anyone. From people I saw on television shows, to the characters in the books, no one looked like me— or, more accurately— I didn’t really look like anyone else. This was something that I struggled with far past childhood, and into college. Even my older sister and I don’t look that similar. She has a darker complexion, despite having…

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To Be a Kid Again: Your Favorite Childhood Stories Get a Reboot

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No matter our age, we can all remember those childhood books that touched and moved us. These are the stories we return to again and again, reveling in the tales that helped inform us as we grew. Personally, I remember devouring The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and rereading Anne of Green Gables so many times that my paperback fell apart. Even as an adult, I would do anything to get more of those books, or any continuations of my favorite childhood stories. If I found out that there was a long-lost sequel to The Secret Garden, for example, I’m pretty sure I would squeal out loud (who cares if I’m in my 30s?). So when I realized that…

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Apple Changes StoryTime Forever, Emma Watson is a Book Fairy, Trump’s Win Explained in Literature

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The election is understandably still on everyone’s mind. But there was some interesting literature news peppered into all the politics last week. Here’s our weekly roundup of what went down in the world of books: Apple Revolutionizes StoryTime Bedtime has never looked so electronic! This week, Apple launched a new app called iBooks StoryTime that allows parents to download and read children’s books on their TV. Not only are the pictures and words large enough for young eyes to see, but it’s also interactive: some books have sound effects and highlighted words. The whole app also has a Read Aloud function, which means that on certain books, pages will flip automatically when you’re done reading the words. The app is…

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PODCAST: Authors Marguerite Elisofon and Ann Martin Talk ‘Rain Reign’ and Autism Awareness

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Author of the memoir My Picture Perfect Family (Central Park Publishers, 2016) Marguerite Elisofon chronicles the true story of raising twins in New York City and the journey that takes place following their daughter’s diagnoses on the Autism Spectrum. She sat down in with novelist Ann Martin to talk about her book Rain Reign (ALA Notable Children’s Books, 2014), in which the story is narrated by a young girl on the spectrum.   About the Authors About Marguerite Elisofon: Marguerite Elisofon is a New York City writer and the author of My Picture Perfect Family, a memoir about how her family navigated life with a child on the autistic spectrum before the internet and support groups existed. She also blogs about parenting young adults and disability…

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Jump For Joy! Giveaways!

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Comment for a chance to win one of this week’s brand spanking new titles. Normal Norman by Tara Lazar What is “normal?” That’s the question an eager young scientist, narrating her very first book, hopes to answer. Unfortunately, her exceedingly “normal” subject—an orangutan named Norman—turns out to be exceptionally strange. He speaks English, sleeps in a bed, loves his stuffed toy, goes bananas over pizza, and even deep-sea dives! Oh, no: what’s a “normal” scientist to do? A humorous look at the wackiness that makes us all special— and a gentle reminder that “normal” can’t ever be defined!     Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy by Deborah K. Heisz An eye-opening shift of perspective on the secret of authentic happiness:…

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Cozy Up To These Giveaways

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It’s the perfect time to cozy up to these giveaways, from love, and marriage to gripping page-turners, there’s something for everyone this week! Don’t delay, enter to win this week’s books! Illicit Love by Ann McGrath illicit Loveis a history of love, sex, and marriage between Indigenous peoples and settler citizens at the heart of two settler colonial nations, the United States and Australia. Award-winning historian Ann McGrath illuminates interracial relationships from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century through stories of romance, courtship, and marriage between Indigenous peoples and colonizers in times of nation formation. The romantic relationships of well-known and ordinary interracial couples provide the backdrop against which McGrath discloses the “marital middle ground” that emerged as a…

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How Days of Our Lives’ Meredith Scott Lynn is Helping Children Become Published Authors

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Actress, director and producer Meredith Scott Lynn is known for playing a host of characters throughout her career, most recently Anne Milbauer on the NBC sudser Days of Our Lives. While her acting career is a priority, Lynn’s current passion is the website WRiTE BRAiN Books, a dream she turned into a reality to help kids publish their own stories. BookTrib spoke with Meredith Scott Lynn one-on-one to learn more about WRiTE BRAiN and making it possible for every child to have their very own book on his/her bookshelf. BookTrib: Let’s talk about WRiTE BRAiN and how you came up with the idea for this project. Meredith Scott Lynn: I’ve been a storyteller from the time I was a small…

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Eric Carle’s Newest Book: A Lifetime Love of Words and Art

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Anyone who’s grown up in the last 40 years knows that when you ask a brown bear what it sees, the answer will be more than you bargained for—and that caterpillars tend to be very hungry. We learned these wonderful lessons thanks to children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle. His new book, The Nonsense Show (Pilomel; October 13, 2015) is just as playful as the rest of his titles, but also offers readers young and old an introduction to a whimsical art style that is one of Carle’s favorites. “When taken in context with his two most recent titles, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse and Friends, The Nonsense Show forms a trilogy of sorts, opening young readers to…

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Growing Up Digital: To Addison… With Love, Your 11-Year-Old Self

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It’s all about that digital age! The amount of children who read books continues to shrink due to apps, games and YouTube. Educators are not only fighting for the attention of children in the classroom but at home as well, where more than 50% of family households now own at least one tablet. Sure, most parents try to instill digital discipline into their offspring, attempting to foster their kids’ reading habits by using these devices to teach rather than dumb down. But are we missing the mark? There’s a disturbing pattern on the rise, kids not using these devices for educational purposes but for playing mobile games, texting their friends and watching mindless videos on YouTube. Although kids still seem…

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