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Shelley Johannes
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The power of a picture book
My sweet boys are six and nine. Each year our read aloud time becomes more precious to me. Connecting used to be easy. There were cuddles and snuggles—and the zoo. But, as time passes, I lose credibility. I commit unforgivable crimes: I contaminate their Ma...

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(Fear)5
April is National Poetry Month. When my oldest kiddo was three he went through a tornado phase. He dreamed of being a storm chaser. Until the day he decided to be a volcanologist. Until the day he heard a documentary narrator state that most volcanologists ...

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The book that made my head explode twice in one day
It's been awhile since I fawned over the sheer beauty of a book. Then yesterday I found this book at the library: I stood there in the middle of the children's area—with toddlers and moms milling around me—oohing and aahing, and maybe drooling, over Sybille...

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writing is like a lot like architecture
Before I decided that children's books were the best thing ever, I studied architecture.  For the record, architecture is pretty great too. The Assistant Dean was my design instructor during my freshman year at Lawrence Tech University.  It was supposed to ...

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happy news
It's an overwhelmingly good day when your favorite agent becomes your agent.  I am happy to announce that my dear Beatrice and I are now represented by the exceedingly wonderful Stephen Barr of Writers House. "Yes, that's exciting," said my nine year old, "...

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SMILE
Today Raina Telgemeier's graphic novel SMILE brought back all the drama, trauma & theatrics of my own childhood tooth loss accident. I may have dental nightmares tonight, but I thoroughly enjoyed being taken back to days long forgotten.

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Make sure you catch the Number Five Bus
{ source and photo credit } I love listening to Philip and Erin Stead talk about books.  Their words are thoughtful, sensitive and genuine, and always stem from a true love of the craft.  They've started a wonderful series of written conversations with fell...

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Have You Seen My Dragon?
Here is a long overdue Nolan's Pick of the Week . My five-year-old is obsessed with numbers, maps and seek-and-find books.   HAVE YOU SEEN MY DRAGON? by Steve Light was sure to hit his sweet spot. I am in love with the cover illustration. It was a sad day w...

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we were liars
Last month I had a big, decade-flipping birthday.  My awesome husband threw me a surprise party and wonderful friends filled my evening with laughter and lots of love.  And lots of sweet bookish gifts.  One gave me a book I'd been wanting for a long time.  ...

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I'm going to have to learn to share...
This afternoon I let Matthew, my eight-year-old, use Photoshop for the first time.  I'm usually psycho-protective of my computer, but he's been creating such great artwork on paper and in KidPix lately that I couldn't ignore his interest any longer. I let h...
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