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March 9, 2019

Challenging the ordinary through storytelling is a surefire way to hook readers. Take a familiar tale and tell it from a new perspective. Shine a light on what goes on after all of us humans go home for the day. Question what really makes the bad guy so bad, and offer...

March 1, 2019

Understanding our feelings and the feelings of other builds empathy and sensitivity, helping to make us a more supportive, more communicative society. Children are constantly observing, learning from what they see, how others react and interact, and this goes for what...

January 18, 2019

When we learn about others' lives their experiences can help shape our own perspectives on the world. When we read about different celebrations we can witness the universality of giving thanks and celebrating as one. When see how other lives their lives in ordinary but...

January 11, 2019

Happy New Year! I'm so excited to continue to share favorites from small and independent presses as we start into the new year. This week I thought I'd intentionally focus on beautifully illustrated picture books. Each approaches its subject matter in a different mediu...

October 25, 2018

This week I thought I'd intentionally focus on nonfiction titles. I found three biographies featuring individuals I have never heard of but whose stories moved and inspired me. I found three books about nature that each caused me to see our world a little differently.

H...

October 15, 2018

A fable. A celebration. A ukulele. And the 14 standard punctuation marks (But not the interrobang‽).

Here's what I've been crushing on this week from small, independent publishers, often responsible for delivering to us the unique, the unconventional, and the memorable....

September 26, 2018

I've fallen behind on my reading and on my blogging, but not on my crushing.

Here's what I've been crushing on this week from small, independent publishers, often responsible for delivering to us unique and often unconventional stories. 

Check out previous Indie Crushes ...

August 16, 2018

We are one week out from the start of school in Columbia, MD. One week out from teachers repopulating the school building, getting their rooms ready to welcome children, and thinking about what books will be shared that first week with students. I've been reading, read...

July 26, 2018

Hooray for indie publishers, bringing us unique and often unconventional stories! Some of my most favorite books come from small, independent publishers. Here's what I've been crushing on this week.

Check out previous Indie Crushes HERE.

INDIE CRUSHES - July 26th, 2018

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July 11, 2018

I have a monthly picture book recap series wherein I share the recently published picture books that I found to be quite outstanding for one reason or another. Some of them stand out for their beauty. Others for doing something new or covering a topic I haven't seen be...

June 27, 2018

I have a monthly picture book recap series wherein I share the recently published picture books that I found to be quite outstanding for one reason or another. Some of them stand out for their beauty. Others for doing something new or covering a topic I haven't seen be...

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