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A Magical Lesson

October 11, 2017

Malala Yousafzai, 20, has fought for girls’ right to education for more than eight years. In 2014, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize together with children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. Malala was 17 at the time, making her the…

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Acting 101

October 6, 2017

Shai and Emmie Star in Break an Egg! is the first book in a new series written by actress and author QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS. The tale about friendship and growth follows Shaianne “Shai” Williams, a young actor who attends a performing…



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…

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Taking a Stand

September 29, 2017

The Statue of Liberty is an American icon. At 305 feet tall, she stands as a symbol of freedom and democracy. She welcomes Americans, immigrants, and visitors from her perch in New York Harbor. But what does she stand for? In…


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,…


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…

Text Sets

G5-6 Text Set: The Phantom Tollbooth

May 3, 2016

Milo finds life endlessly dull. Even when a mysterious tollbooth appears in his room, he chooses to pass its gate only because he has nothing better to do. But as he travels through the curious lands beyond the tollbooth, he…


A Mural's Story

March 11, 2011

Can you imagine what it would feel like to have a mural by a famous artist in your room? In the 1960s, two children in New York City had this experience. Two years before Maurice Sendak gained international fame for…