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Mary Kinser
Author of the blog Sprout's Bookshelf
Author of the blog Sprout's Bookshelf

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Hi all you lovelies - just popping by to say that I'm taking a brief hiatus from blogging. Initially it started out because I was swamped with working, teaching, momming, etc. But now I've decided to step back and think about this site, what I've done with ...

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Review: The New Small Person by Lauren Child
Happy Saturday readers! It's a big day for us - the first-ever Independent Bookstore Day , plus Free Comic Book Day . No matter if you're celebrating one or both, this is a good opportunity to get out and support your local bookstores and comic shops, and f...

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Review - You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey
I love this time of year in the Pacific Northwest. The gloom of winter is starting to lift, the flowering cherry trees and rhododendrons are showing their colors, and the days are getting longer. This year we're hoping to get out and about more - since Spro...

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Review - The Case for Loving by Selina Alko
If it's been quiet on the blog the last month, that's because I've had a few other things occupying my mind -- namely prep work to teach a class on Language and Literacy for the Young Child at my local community college. I spoke at this class last year and ...

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Picture Book of the Day - What a Wonderful World, illustrated by Tim Hopgood
If this feels a little like something you've seen before on Sprout's Bookshelf, you're right! I think this might be a first, that I am reviewing a book whose text I've already written, about but with a different version by a different illustrator.  It's no ...

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Review: Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall
Let's say you want to write a children's book, and you are doing so because you have a point to make. If you're like many authors, you start out with that point in mind, then whip up a plot that more or less covers the ground you want, populate it with some...

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Review - The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Much as I hate the term "reluctant reader", there's no denying that it does refer to a certain category of kids, for whom books are generally more chore than charm. In some circles "reluctant reader" is automatically equated with boys, which I feel is a sha...

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Picture Book of the Day - Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman
I'm always on the lookout for picture books about adoption and transracial families. Sometimes that means digging below the obvious choices -- many of which are overly sentimental, to be totally honest -- and seeking out titles that might not be instantly r...

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Picture Book Review - Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
Hey friends! A lot has happened in the kidlit world since last I posted - namely, the Youth Media Awards (Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, etc.) given by the American Library Association . I've been crowing about it a lot on Twitter , but this year's awards were...

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Review - Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper {Multicultural Children's Book Day}
I'm so excited to be one of the co-hosts for this year's Multicultural Children's Book Day ! This event, begun in 2014 by bloggers Valerie Budayr of Jump into a Book and Mia Wenjen of Pragmatic Mom , aims to promote diversity in children's books by shining ...
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