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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…

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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…

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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…

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Athletes Who Don't Quit

February 16, 2018

Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports is a collection of tales about 11 female athletes who overcame challenges and never gave up. Chapters focus on athletes like gymnast Simone Biles, surfer Bethany Hamilton, and track-and-field legend Wilma Rudolph. These athletes’…

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Creating Change

January 26, 2018

Author JACQUELINE WOODSON (left) is the new national ambassador for young people’s literature. The Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden (right), bestowed the honor last month at the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C. Woodson’s award-winning books include Brown Girl Dreaming…

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A Gifted Group

January 22, 2018

When author Jamia Wilson and illustrator Andrea Pippins were asked to work on a book about black heroes, they knew exactly whom they wanted to include. The result is Young, Gifted, and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and…


Leading the Way

December 4, 2017

Last year, artist and filmmaker Vashti Harrison challenged herself to draw one notable African-American woman every day during Black History Month. “I really wanted to focus on women who are not often spoken about,” Harrison told TFK. Her whimsical…