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Field Guide

November 6, 2017

Hatchet is a survival story. When 13-year-old Brian, a city kid, survives a plane crash, he must learn to live in the wilderness. The classic tale hit bookstore shelves 30 years ago. In celebration of its anniversary, a new edition…


King of the Court

November 6, 2017

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a 7-foot-2-inch activist, actor, film producer, and best-selling author. He’s also a six-time NBA champion and the league’s all-time leading scorer. But before all the awards and fame, Abdul-Jabbar, now 70, was just a shy kid from…

Movies and Television

Face of Courage

November 6, 2017

JACOB TREMBLAY has some advice for kids who are bullied. “Kill them with kindness,” Jacob told TFK. “And if that doesn’t work, just ignore them.” The 11-year-old plays Auggie, a fifth grader who has had many surgeries on his face,…



New Destinations

October 29, 2017

Author Jeff Kinney likes to make people laugh. He kept that goal in mind while he was writing his latest book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway. The story features more antics of middle schooler Greg Heffley and his…


10 Questions for Margarita Engle

October 4, 2017

1. You’ve been named the Young People’s Poet Laureate. What’s it like? It’s an amazing thrill and a responsibility. I’ve chosen to have a theme for my two years: peace. There are so many forces working against peace, from peace…


Playful Poetry

September 29, 2017

Even kids who claim to hate reading poetry will have a hard time resisting CHRIS HARRIS’s debut collection, I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups. The book is filled with silly, witty,…

Music and Theater

The Music Maker

September 25, 2017

Yannick Nézet-Séguin (pronounced nay-ZAY say- GHEN) conducted some of the world’s most prominent orchestras before joining the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2012, at the age of 37. He has become famous for his youthful energy, and for his passion for getting…


Branching Out

September 15, 2017

A massive oak tree named Red is the unusual narrator of Wishtree, a new book by author KATHARINE APPLEGATE. Each year, people in Red’s community write their wishes on paper and hang them on the tree’s branches. When an immigrant…


A Hero's Story

September 8, 2017

As a boy, Welles Crowther (pictured, center) sometimes wore a red bandanna. He dreamed of growing up to be a fireman. After college, he worked in finance at the World Trade Center in New York City. When terrorists attacked on…


For the Love of Reading

August 21, 2017

Andrew Clements achieved success as an author in 1996, when his first children’s novel, Frindle, was published. Since then, the book has sold more than 6 million copies and won more than 20 awards. Clements has written dozens of additional…