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Remembering Anna Dewdney, Her Llamas, and the Love She Shared
Anna Dewdney, author and child literacy advocate, died in her home this past month, at the age of 50.

Moms and kids will miss her delightful books. According to our friends at Brightly, She “didn’t just write good stories with clever rhymes and pretty pictures; she created subtle mirrors that reflected the push and pull of parenting and childhood. She had the rare talent of writing for both adults and children, and so deftly that both groups could claim her work for themselves. ” Continue reading Llama Llama Misses Mama

Jamie Lee Curtis: Actress, Inspirational Kids’ Author, and Library Advocate

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Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis, actress in such movies as Halloween and A Fish Called Wanda, has also been a longtime author of funny and upbeat kids’ books that stress each child’s unique value.

She also has strong views on libraries. “When you go to any school around the country, the first thing you want to know is ‘Do they have a library?’ and it’s shocking how many don’t. It’s shocking how many day-care centers don’t have little libraries. The import of a library in a society is crucial, and it seems to be, just like music and art education is no longer a requirement in schools, libraries are an old idea that we need to bring back.” Read the complete interview with Ms. Curtis, by American Libraries Magazine.

In Carl Hiaasen’s Weird World of Florida Fiction, Anything Goes

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Ahh, Florida! Land of swamps and Disney, beaches and Boca, the everyday and the surreal. Florida native Carl Hiassen has been poking fun at his home state for years in his novels, a signature brand of crime and conservation cocktails. This week “Signature Reads” highlights Carl Hiassen’s Florida hijinks, with an overview of his novels and a heads up for his newest, Razor Girl.

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More Books Hitting the Big Screen this Fall

Page to Screen in 2016

An earlier post gave you some of September’s page-to-screen titles: check out this great guide from Vulture of 22 book adaptations hitting the screen from August through  the end of 2016! Just released this week: Sully, starring Tom Hanks as airline captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and  telling the story of the Miracle on the Hudson.

Happy 100th Birthday dear old Roald Dahl!

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Today is Roald Dahl’s birthday! Over his decades-long writing career, Dahl wrote 19 children’s books, including the kids’ classics James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was later adapted for two films, the Fantastic Mr. Fox (1970), Danny, the Champion of the World (1975), The BFG (1982) and Matilda in 1988. Continue reading Happy 100th Birthday dear old Roald Dahl!