Monique Gray Smith Reads “You Hold Me Up”

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Monique Gray Smith reads her new picture book, You Hold Me Up, to an enthusiastic audience of little ones. You Hold Me Up is a vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, that encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions. Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, […]






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Litter Bug Arts & Crafts

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In What Matters by Alison Hughes and illustrator Holly Hatam, a young boy picks up a single piece of litter. He doesn’t know it, but his small act has big consequences for the little critters whose path would have been blocked, for the grass that would have wilted and for the tiny stream that would have been clogged. The young boy in the story recycles the soda can. But did you know you can reuse materials that often end up in the trash as arts and crafts supplies? It’s easy and fun! How to Make Litter […]






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A Mother’s Day Reading List

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Since Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, we rounded up four board books that celebrate the connection between mothers and their babies. These books would all be great to read with little ones on this special day. Check them out below! We Sang You Home:   This book celebrates the irreplaceable bond between parents and children. Julie Flett‘s beautiful illustrations portray intimate moments between a mother and her baby—together, they cuddle, sing and pick flowers.       Sea Otter Pup:   Pup’s mother teaches him everything he needs to know about being a […]






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Lucy’s Granola Bars

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As the weather gets warmer, it’s time for outdoor play and sports–Lucy is outside playing soccer, her favorite summer sport! The Lucy Tries Sports series encourages young readers to try new things, get outside and be active. In Lucy Tries Soccer, Lucy and her friends meet at the soccer field for their first game of three-on-three! Thanks to Coach Nick, Team Blue learns some new skills as they prepare to face Team Red. Lucy discovers how much fun it is to play on a team and learns why soccer is the world’s most popular game. […]






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Illustrator Feature: Mark Hoffmann

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In this fun and funny celebration of literacy, kids of all ages will discover that the act of reading is a daring adventure that can take you anywhere! You can read at the playground, under the sea, at the opera and even in outer space! It turns out you can read everywhere! And when you do, you open yourself to a universe of adventure. Presented in light-hearted, rib-tickling verse that’s perfect for reading aloud, You Can Read sings it loud and proud: Books are awesome. And so are the people who read them. How do […]






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Putting Together an Illustration

Uncly Wally's Old Brown Shoe by Wallace Edwards

The paperback edition of Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe by Wallace Edwards is on shelves now. The following post is written by Wallace Edwards. The idea for Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe came to me while I was sketching an old shoe of all things. It occurred to me that it might be interesting to depict the shoe in a variety of possible alternate uses–as a boat or car or plane. I then thought why not have the shoe traveling through various environments and interacting with peculiar characters. These situations would build on each other […]






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