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Rhyming in the Ring

April 19, 2018

Knockout, by K.A. Holt, is about a boy named Levi. As a baby, Levi suffered from a medical condition that made it hard for him to breathe. Now a seventh grader, Levi has recovered but still feels trapped. His dad…

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The Key to Creativity

April 13, 2018

Where does creativity come from? And what does it look like? These are the questions Colby Sharp, a fourth-grade teacher in Michigan, wanted to help his students answer. “I realized that ideas can come at any time and can take…

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Learning to Bounce Back

April 13, 2018

A bright-orange tour bus is hard to miss. Even more so when it’s branded Rebound —the title of the new book by Kwame Alexander. In the book, Charlie Bell can’t seem to make the right choices after a family tragedy.…

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Clearing the Air

April 5, 2018

Can one kid really take on a big problem like pollution? That’s the question facing the hero of a new book, Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea. Iqbal lives in Bangladesh. His mother cooks indoors over an open fire. The smoke…

Movies and Television

Protecting Pandas

April 5, 2018

A little more than 1,800 giant pandas exist in the wild. But scientists at the Chengdu Panda Base, in China, are working to increase that number. They are introducing captive-born pandas into the wild. Qian Qian (pronounced chen chen) is…

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A Victory in Space

March 16, 2018

On Christmas Eve 1968, NASA’s Apollo 8 became the first spaceship carrying astronauts to enter the moon’s orbit. Author JEFFREY KLUGER documents the remarkable journey in his new book, To the Moon! At the time of the launch, the…

Movies and Television

Facing Evil

March 16, 2018

On the Netflix show A Series of Unfortunate Events, LOUIS HYNES (pictured), 16, plays 12-year-old Klaus Baudelaire, a protective brother fighting off villains. When the three Baudelaire children are orphaned, their relative Count Olaf becomes their caretaker. But Count…

Young Game Changers

Listen Up!

March 9, 2018

Podcaster Eva Karpman is only 8 years old, but she’s inspiring kids and adults. Eva is the host of Dream Big, a podcast that urges people of all ages to pursue their passion. Dream Big has been downloaded more than…

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Poetry in Motion

March 9, 2018

Can your surroundings ignite your creativity? JUAN FELIPE HERRERA thinks so. Herrera was the first Mexican-American U.S. Poet Laureate, from 2015–2017. Growing up, he moved many times. Each new environment sparked ideas. His new book, Jabberwalking, is aimed at helping…

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The Search for Identity

February 26, 2018

The Night Diary, by VEERA HIRANANDANI, tells the story of 12-year-old Nisha’s struggle to find her identity. The tale is told through a series of letters. It takes place in 1947, during a rocky period in India’s history called the…