Author Archives: Amy

Superhero Comics for Kids

Next up in my comics series — superhero comics. As previously mentioned, I am taking a comics advising course this semester, which has inspired me to write a series of posts in which I recommend my favorite comics for kids. … Continue reading

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5 Comic Strip Anthologies for Kids

I am excited to be taking a comics advising course this semester with Professor Carol Tilley of the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. For this course, I am reading through various types of comics — comic strips, superhero comics, graphic novels, manga … Continue reading

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How to Raise a Reader: 5 Tips for Parents

When my son Jack was in preschool, he read Charlotte’s Web aloud fluently to his classmates. When he was in kindergarten, he began disappearing into his room for a few hours every afternoon to read. My son is known for … Continue reading

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The 2014 ALA Award Winners: The Tip of the Iceberg

The ALA award winners were just announced yesterday, including the Caldecott winner (Locomotive by Brian Floca) and the Newbery winner (Flora & Ulysess by Kate DiCamillo). The most popular question bantered around since the announcements has been: Did the Caldecott … Continue reading

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International Book Giving Day 2014 Poster Unveiled

International Book Giving Day is coming up soon: February 14th! (Yep, that’s also Valentine’s Day.) For those of you unfamiliar with the holiday, International Book Giving Day is a day dedicated to getting books in the hands of as many … Continue reading

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A Bookish Advent Calendar

During a recent trip to Target, I was alerted to the fact that Christmas is fast approaching. Never mind that Christmas is still more than a month away. As my 4-year-old son and I strolled down the aisles, giant, iridescent baubles hung from … Continue reading

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New! On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein is a picture book biography written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky. This book introduces young readers to Albert Einstein and celebrates curiosity in a way that will … Continue reading

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