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Anna Dewdney and books

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

Sherman Alexie writes for REAL kids

photo-Sherman Alexie“Mr. Alexie is one of the major lyric voices of our time.”  New York Times Book Review

Poet, short story writer, novelist, filmmaker, social satirist and Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian Sherman Alexie has just published his debut picture book, Thunder Boy Jr., to a constellation of starred reviews.

Thunder Boy JrAlexie wants to write about contemporary kids. “I’m not interested in talking animals,” he says. “I’m not interested in telling the story of Running Bear. I’m interested in how Native kids live now.”

Read more about Alexie and his book at Shelf Awareness!

Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Dies at 89

Ms. Lee on the porch of the family home in Alabama in 1961. Credit Donald Uhrbrock/The LIFE Images Collection, via Getty Images
Ms. Lee on the porch of the family home in Alabama in 1961. Credit Donald Uhrbrock/The LIFE Images Collection, via Getty Images

“Atticus said to Jem one day, “I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” … “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Continue reading Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Dies at 89