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This Book Teaches Kids 'How To Solve A Problem' Like A Rock Climber Would

Sunday, July 05, 2020

Nineteen-year-old Ashima Shiraishi may be one of the most talented rock climbers in the world, but lofty titles aside, she wants kids to know that most of climbing — and life — is "just falling."


This Bedtime Book Helps Kids Find Their Place In The 'Universe'

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Before he became an astrophysicist, Ray Jayawardhana was just a kid, looking up at the night sky with his father. "I remember being awed," he says. He's written a book called Child of the Universe.


Want To Adopt A Dog? First Ask Yourself: Can You Still Commit Post-Pandemic?

Saturday, May 09, 2020

Many people stuck at home are interested in adopting a dog. Rescue groups and shelters want them to really consider if they can still commit to being a dog owner after they return to the workplace.


How To Say No: 'Anti-Guru' Sarah Knight Suggests You Do Less And Live More

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Knight has written a series of books about "mental decluttering" — her latest is called F*ck No! "Most people will take no for an answer much more easily than you think they will," she says.


A Little Girl Didn't Like Her 'Bedtime Bonnet,' So Mom Wrote A Book To Help

Sunday, April 26, 2020

When Nancy Redd was a kid, she was embarrassed by the bonnet she wore over her hair every night. "I didn't want my daughter growing up with that same shame," she says.


A Haunting Home Movie Inspired Lois Lowry To Write 'On The Horizon'

Sunday, April 12, 2020

The film, made in 1939 or 1940, shows Lowry as a child playing on the beach, with a ship in the distance. She later learned it was the USS Arizona, which sank during the attack on Pearl Harbor.


A D.C. Distillery Switches From Rum To Hand Sanitizer

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Cotton & Reed is one of many distilleries using their alcohol to make hand sanitizer to help ease serious shortages during the coronavirus outbreak.


Behold: The Magic Of Take Your Child To Work Night

Saturday, March 14, 2020

As a kid, Helena Ku Rhee used to tag along with her parents as they cleaned law offices overnight. She's now a lawyer herself, and has written The Paper Kingdom, about a boy and his janitor parents.


When 'Here' Is Home, But 'Here' Keeps Changing — A Family Flees In 'Story Boat'

Saturday, March 07, 2020

"We think of refugees as people who wait a lot and suffer," says author Kyo Maclear. She was determined to tell a different kind of story. Her illustrator, Rashin Kheiriyeh, fled Iran as a child.


Ever Wonder About That 'Old Truck'? 2 Brothers Wrote Its Backstory

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Jerome and Jarrett Pumphrey have worked together on creative projects since they were kids. Their new book — illustrated with 250+ stamps — is about family, farm life, determination and hard work.


Selena Gomez On Recapturing Her Public Image, Mental Health And Her No. 1 Album

Sunday, January 26, 2020

In the space between 2015's Revival and her latest release, Gomez has battled Lupus, depression and anxiety, and had two high profile breakups — all while millions followed along on social media.


'Chicken Of The Sea' Is So Wacky — Of Course It Was Created By Kids

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Ellison Nguyen, 6, wrote the book, and Hien Bui-Stafford, 13, illustrated it. They got a little help from Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Nguyen (Ellison's dad) and cartoonist Thi Bui (Hien's mom).


Happy Winter Solstice! At Last, We've Made It To 'The Shortest Day'

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Dec. 21 is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Susan Cooper, who wrote the solstice poem "The Shortest Day," collaborated with illustrator Carson Ellis on a new picture book.


This Book Teaches Kids The Concept Of 'Boonoonoonous' (It's A Good Thing)

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Olive Senior, author of Boonoonoonous Hair, says the Jamaican word has fallen out of fashion, but it's time to bring it back. "If you're told you're boonoonoonous that's a great compliment," she says.


In 'Parker Looks Up,' A 2-Year-Old Shares A Moment With Michelle Obama

Sunday, December 08, 2019

In 2018, a photo of Parker Curry looking at a portrait of Michelle Obama went viral. Within a week, she got to meet the first lady. Parker tells the story in a new book she co-authored with her mom.


Teachers, Tell Us How You Teach Thanksgiving

Friday, November 01, 2019

In many places, students dress up as Pilgrims and Indians to learn the familiar story of the first Thanksgiving. If you're a teacher in the United States, how are you teaching Thanksgiving this year?


A Sailor Meets A Fisherman In 1534: It's An 'Encounter,' Not A Discovery

Sunday, September 29, 2019

"Growing up I would hear about our peoples being 'discovered' ... " says author Brittany Luby. "I would go home and my parents would tell me: That's not actually how things happened."


A Boy And A Pup Come To One Another's Rescue In 'The Dog Who Lost His Bark'

Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Dog Who Lost His Bark is a story in two halves, says author Eoin Colfer: "In the first half the boy heals the dog, and in the second half the dog heals the boy." It's illustrated by P.J. Lynch.


Veterinarians Are Killing Themselves. An Online Group Is There To Listen And Help

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Veterinarians have suicide rates of more than double that of the general population. One group is building an online community to give advice and help out when stress adds up.


9 Months After Salvadoran Woman Took Refuge In Maryland Church, She Still Can't Leave

Sunday, September 01, 2019

NPR's Leila Fadel first met Rosa Gutierrez Lopez in January, after she sought refuge at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church. If she leaves the property, she risks being deported to El Salvador.