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Open Your Heart: Finding Friends in Unlikely Places

by Deborah Kerbel

A recommended reading list by Deborah Kerbel, whose new book is When Spider Met Shew, illustrated by Genevieve Cote.

Bright Lights, Big City: Kids Books About Urban Life

by Andrea Curtis

A recommended reading list by Andrea Curtis, whose latest book is City Streets Are for People

No Shortcuts: Reflections on Writing the Text of Two at the Top: A Shared Dream of Everest

by Uma Krishnaswami

Uma Krishnaswami on the remarkable story of her latest picture book, Two At the Top: A Shared Dream of Everest

Notes from a Children's Librarian: The Mooncake Festival

by Julie Booker

East and Southeast Asian families come together in mid-Autumn to celebrate the Mooncake Festival and give thanks for the harvest.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Physics with Chris Ferrie

by Julie Booker

At first glance, "The Everyday Science Academy" series, by Chris Ferrie, appears to be for very young children. But the series brilliantly simplifies …

Most Anticipated: Our Fall 2021 Books for Young Readers Preview

by 49thShelf Staff

New books by Andrew Larsen, Cherie Dimaline, Jo Ellen Bogart, Wab Kinew, Eric Walters, the Fan Brothers, and so much more great stuff.

Notes from a Children’s Librarian: Satisfying Endings

by Julie Booker

How do you create a sense of satisfaction in a story’s finale? The following books pull it off!

Writing with Four Hands

by Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel

"That’s what the Travels series is all about: sending a resourceful, observant, unafraid (well, sometimes a little afraid, when a pack of stray dogs …

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Jewish Heritage

by Julie Booker

Compelling stories showcasing Jewish Heritage to be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Stories for Asian Heritage Month

by Julie Booker

Great picture books celebrating Asian heritage.

What the Kite Saw: Stories of Children and Crisis

by Anne Laurel Carter

"Children have their own unique ways of facing a crisis. Yes, they need protecting, but they are also resilient. They have inner resources, spunk and …

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