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  1. How her own struggle with anxiety inspired Rebecca Gardyn Levington’s book ‘Whatever Comes Tomorrow’

    Rebecca Gardyn Levington is a children’s book author, poet and journalist with a particular penchant for penning both playful and poignant picture books and poems – primarily in rhyme. Rebecca’s award-winning poems and articles have appeared in numerous anthologies, newspapers and magazines. Her new picture book, Whatever Comes Tomorrow is about learning how to deal with worries, no matter what tomorrow brings, and is based on her own struggle with anxiety.

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  2. 10 Kids’ Books for World Kindness Day

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    Celebrate kindness in all its forms!

    These top ten titles inspire children to be kind to themselves, to others and to our planet.

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  3. Gratitude Activity for Kids: Make an Ubuntu Collage

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    This empathy-building activity is from the Global Kids activity deck, written by Homa Sabet Tavangar and illustrated by Sophie Fatus.

    Ubuntu is an important idea in South Africa. The word comes from the Zulu language and refers to the bond that connects all people.

    It is often translated as, “I am because we are.” The practice of Ubuntu means caring about the needs of others by being kind, helpful and generous. Ubuntu reminds us that we are all connected!

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  4. The true story behind Sheetal Sheth’s book ‘Making Happy’

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    Sheetal Sheth is an award-winning actress, author, producer and activist. She focuses on traditionally marginalized communities in all of her work and is a fierce advocate for thoughtful representation. Her picture book Making Happy is based on her experience battling cancer as the parent of young children. We asked her to share the true story behind this hopeful and heartwarming book.

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  5. 2022 Barefoot Retreat: Book fair games, author signings, yoga and more!

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    After two long years, we were finally able to gather with our Community Booksellers for the 2022 Barefoot Retreat!

    We had a lot of fun, and we were so grateful to connect with this community in-person again. The weekend was full of engaging activities and sessions, meaningful discussions and lots of community connection. Keep reading to see some of the highlights!

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  6. Teacher’s Pick: How Stephanie from PA used ‘The Book Tree’ in her classroom

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    Below is a blog post created from a submission sent in by Stephanie Conrad, a Montessori Teacher and Summer Program Director from Pennsylvania who created a book festival at her school based on The Book Tree, written by Paul Czajak and illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh.

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  7. 8 Best books about father figure relationships

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    From a father and son who cross the Mexico-US border to a haiku story told by a father-son duo, our top picks celebrate father figures and other valuable family relationships.

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  8. Meet our author Wafa' Tarnowska on her book tour

    Meet our award-winning author Wafa' Tarnowska!

    Next week, Nour’s Secret Library author Wafa’ Tarnowska will join us from the United Kingdom for her US book tour! We’re so excited to have such a talented and experienced author visiting some of our favorite independent bookstores and public libraries on this side of the pond. We hope that you can all come out, say hi and learn more about Nour’s Secret Library and Wafa’ herself.

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  9. Sustainability Activity for Kids: Make a Rwandan “Plastics Penalty Pot”

    The activity below is taken from Global Kids, written by Homa Savet Tavanagar and illustrated by Sophie Fatus.

    Plastic waste can impact life on land, in the air and in oceans, lakes, rivers and streams.

    Rwanda, known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, is serious about preventing plastic pollution. It was the first country in the world to ban all single-use plastic bags. People who break the rules there must pay a fine.

    In this activity, children can talk with their families or classmates and agree on some new plastic rules, like taking reusable bags when shopping, packing lunches in reusable containers and/or refusing plastic straws when offered (if possible). Whenever someone breaks one of the plastic rules, they place a small fine in the Plastics Penalty Pot.

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  10. How to help kid activists write letters to their government representatives

    Below is a guest post by Stacy Clark, environmental geologist, educator, climate journalist and Barefoot author of Planet Power. She has helped many kids write letters to their government officials. Here are her tips!

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