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Notes From a Children's Librarian: Descriptive Language

by Julie Booker

Beautiful books that exemplify descriptive language for Grades 1–6.

Picture Books We Loved in 2019

by 49th Shelf Staff

Picture books...they're not just for kids. They make perfect books for readers of all ages.


Notes from a Children’s Librarian: Self-Regulation, Organization, Initiative

by Julie Booker

The learning skills part of the report card is divided into areas such as Self-Regulation, Organization, Initiative—habits that affect all areas of …

Seeds of a Story 2019: Part 2

by Kerry Clare

Discover which books were inspired by history, by questions, by rap lyrics, by beach glass, true crime podcasts, and more! 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Text to Text

by Julie Booker

Great kids books in conversation with each other. 

Seeds of a Story 2019: Part 1

by Kerry Clare

Discover what books were inspired by an East German museum, the song "What a Fool Believes," two vibrant communities on opposite coasts, and one writer's …

Most Anticipated: 2019 Books for Young Readers Preview

by 49th Shelf Staff

Whether kids are 4 or 14, there's a perfect book for them in this instalment of our fall preview.

Wild Books About the Natural World

by Rachel Poliquin

Seriously fun non-fiction for middle-grade readers.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Drawing the Line

by Julie Booker

Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: For the Love of Snail Mail

by Julie Booker

These picture books address the epistolary form in different ways—and high inspire some writing from holiday destinations this summer or to penpals.  …

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