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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.  …

Books Beat Boredom: 8 Things for Your Kids to Do this Summer

by Kerry Clare

Engaging titles that also suggest amazing ways to engage with and have fun in the natural world. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Text to Text

by Julie Booker

As part of the Language curriculum, primary readers are asked to make connections between books, identifying similarities. The following titles are paired …

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books About Math

by Julie Booker

Great books that complement the Primary Math curriculum and make for entertaining reads at the same time. 

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