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Writing Contest Winner: Sophie Brubaker

I can't tell you how excited I am to share the grand prize winner of my children's writing contest, Sophie Brubaker! Nine-year-old Sophie wrote a charming, whimsical, and adventurous story about bike riding friends. Something that really caught my
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Thursday Thought: The False Percent

Obstacles and hardships are not just a possibility in life, but an absolute certainty. That’s just a fact of life. Life is going to be hard. We just know it. I remember my mom once blithely saying “Life is dangerous! No one makes it out alive!”,
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Top Five Children's Books: Historical Fiction

Who doesn’t love some great historical fiction? Historical fiction gives us not only fantastic stories and characters but context into eras we might not have known much about otherwise. And no one is better served by historical fiction than
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Thursday Thought: Rest in the Now

No one, and I mean no one, likes the feeling of helplessness. There isn’t anybody who wakes up first thing in the morning feeling helpless and thinks “Aw yeah! This is awesome!”. It just doesn’t happen. The sensation of being weak or helpless is one of those great uncomfortable feelings that is almost worse than the actual thing itself. 
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2019 Top Reads: Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale, Kate DiCamillo 

We’re already here! The final installation of my top reads from last year! That went quickly! But before we wrap up completely there’s room for just one more book from none other than the great Kate DiCamillo. Earlier in this series, we looked at Louisiana's Way Home which was a follow up to the book we’re covering now: Raymie Nightingale. True to DiCamillo’s writing style, the story is a sweet beginning to the friendships explored in her other connected books. 

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