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Happy 104th Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Celebrate with her books and some great read-alikes

On Sunday, April 12, 2020, Beverly Cleary celebrated her 104th (that's right -- 104th) birthday!

Born Standing Up

Nerd Out, Comedy Nerds

Most people like to laugh. Some people, though, obsess over *what* makes people laugh. What's the formula for funny? How have our society's comedic sensibilities changed over time? What's the story behind the creative minds that crack us up? If you're a comedy fan, historian, or maybe even a comedian yourself, consider checking out these titles about comedy and the people who make it.

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When You've Read All the Raina Telgemeier... (Part 2)

...try some of these.

I didn't want to overwhelm you with too many titles in my first Raina readalikes post, but boy do I have more. If you love Raina Telgemeier's books so much that the only ones you haven't read are the ones she hasn't published yet, there are so many other books you can enjoy in the meantime!

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Nurture Your Creepy Inner Child

Dark fairy tales & magical stories written for grown-ups.

You: ✔ Fairy tale fan ✔ Believe magic might exist ✔ Enchanted by magical wizards and worlds that grant wishes Also you:  ✔ Attracted to descriptors like bleak, dark and disturbing ✔ Have a penchant for the macabre ✔ Delight in the shadowy, unsettling parts of your favorite fantasy worlds 

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When You've Read All the Raina Telgemeier... (Part 1)

...try some of these.

You may know and love Raina Telgemeier (listen to her pronounce her name here) from her graphic novels Smile, Sisters,

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Science Fun 101

Engaging intros to science topics for preK-2nd graders

Why is the sky blue? Why do dogs wag their tails? Why don’t I float away when I hold a balloon? Why? WHY? WHYYYYY? If you have a kiddo in your life, you probably encounter questions like these all the time. These questions are beautiful proof that children are budding scientists, eager to explore how and why things work. But, um, they’re really dang tough to answer.