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Reading Picture Books with Children One Year Later

by Megan Dowd Lambert

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This week marks the one-year anniversary of the publication of my book introducing the Whole Book Approach, Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See, which I wrote in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The book’s great success has been gratifying, humbling, and very exciting, and I rounded out its first year in the world with a talk at the Book Fest @ Bank Street that applied the Whole Book Approach to books by many of the other speakers who presented there including: Raúl Colón,...

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Walking a Bridge between Two Worlds: An Interview with Nancy Bo Flood

Posted by Cindy Ritter on

An excerpt from the CBC Diversity blog post on October 5, 2016: Nancy Bo Flood, author of more than fifteen books, sat down with her editor, Yolanda Scott, to discuss Soldier Sister, Fly Home, out from Charlesbridge in August 2016.     YS: You often mention “walking a bridge between two worlds or cultures,” and you’ve said that’s what Tess does in the Soldier Sister, Fly Home. What do you mean? NBF: Soldier Sister, Fly Home is about walking the bridge between two worlds, Navajo and Anglo, and also the bridge between three generations: one’s own, one’s parents’, and one’s...

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Money as a Musical? Who Knew?

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by Elaine Scott   I grew up in a family of bankers. Father, brother, aunt—seemed like everyone in my family worked in a bank. Debt, credit, accounts, collections—these topics were fodder for dinner table conversations. And like most adolescents who grew up in an era when the adults dominated the table talk, I was bored out of my mind. I also assumed everyone knew what I knew. I thought checks, balances, and overdrafts were part of everyone’s everyday conversation, right up there with politics, the neighbors, and what was going to happen over the weekend. It took me quite a...

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How Do Babies Learn Best? Focus on FUN!

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by Ruth Spiro   As author of the Baby Loves Science books, my goal is to help make complex science concepts accessible to everyone, and also share ideas about how parents and caregivers can turn everyday experiences into learning opportunities for their little ones.                                    Among the many hot topics in education today, “STEM” seems to be leading the pack. Incorporating more Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) into school curriculums has been recognized as a priority, and that’s great. But many professionals believe that in order to prevent achievement gaps down the...

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Hail Caesar! The Other One . . .

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by Rob Chirico   Like so many changes in life, when I set out to write Not My Mother’s Kitchen: Rediscovering Italian-American Cooking through Stories and Recipes, my working title was “Escape from an Italian-American Kitchen.” My premise was a simple one: How I learned to cook after growing up in an Italian-American household where my mother brought love to everything—except cooking. The dear woman, now 96-years old, was a disaster at the stove—or, as I waggishly call her in my book, an “assassin in the kitchen.” Left to her own devices she laid waste to spaghetti, hamburgers, and even...

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