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From CNet

"Amazon's STEM Club selects a toy from the retailer's range of science, technology, engineering and math toys, including programmable robots, crystal kits and chemistry sets."

Read more: Richard Trenholm, CNet
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From First Things

"Once again I offer, to anyone interested, a daily reading plan of my own devising that will get you through all of Shakespeare's works in a year. It can be done in about a half hour (or less) per day."

Read more: Matthew J. Franck, First Thoughts, First Things
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From Think Christian

"What The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings are for so many, Watership Down is for me: a story that makes sense of the world, that gives me a vocabulary for loss and grief, that rekindles my longings for what is best, and that helps me overcome my fears."

Read more: Jeffrey Overstreet, Think Christian
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From The New York Times

"It's beautiful and painful, watching kids that age, their friends, transform into the adults they're going to be, doing and saying things, at times, that you know they might come to regret. But the kids are doing it within this narrative that 'all kids go through a mean stage,' like it's a rite of passage. That's a narrative I've always rejected, because I know kids have an abundance of nobility at that age, and all they need is a little reminding from the grown-ups around them to be kind."

Read more: R.J. Palacio, interviewed by Maria Russo, The New York Times
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From CBS News

"'You were the cutest kid! I loved you,' Mauro told Washington over the phone. 'You were my special library boy.'

"'You don’t know how much you helped me. You helped me so much,' Washington responded."

Read more: Jennifer Earl, CBS News
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From Moviefone

"'Anne of Green Gables' is once again a hot television property: After Netflix announced an upcoming 'Anne' series, another new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic novel is now coming to PBS."

Read more: Katie Roberts, Moviefone
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From Christ & Pop Culture

"Dystopian stories give us half the story, half of what’s true for us in this broken world. What they offer is a sobering view of the world that assures us the aches we feel aren’t entirely unfounded, that the injustices we observe aren’t untrue. And they remind us the hero we long for the rescue we need isn’t far off after all."

Read more: Erin Straza, Christ & Pop Culture
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From Vox

"Together with Catcher in the Rye, The Outsiders helped to create today’s YA book market. In other words, without The Outsiders, there may well be no Twilight."

Read more: Constance Grady, Vox
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From Christ & Pop Culture

"Plenty of mountain men have the ability to spin an epic yarn, but it seems unlikely that many of them can quote J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis at length. Yet this is Sam Smith. He may eat simply, but he is a well-read, deep thinker, and all that good reading and deep thinking has revealed itself profoundly in his rabbits-with-swords adventure series for young adults (and their parents), which began with The Green Ember in 2014. This series is readable and approachable and deeply moving all once, a worthy successor in the long line of high quality, Christian-authored fantasy stories."

Read more: David Kern, Christ & Pop Culture
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From Penguin Teen

". . . With suicide there are no second chances, and with the final ending, that isn’t an option to even consider. But readers are shown that people can change for the better, even after a tragedy, and that was very important to me."

Read more: Jay Asher, interview, Penguin Teen
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From Kirkus

"I’m generally pretty lousy at noting trends in the picture book world, but one thing I’ve noticed lately is the publication of several new picture books, all within a two-month span, about evolution."

Read more: Julie Danielson, Kirkus
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From Charlotte Was Both

"For some strange, inexplicable reason, Dan Brown has given the world a 'Young Adult Adaptation' of The Da Vinci Code. . . ."

Read more: Amy Welborn, Charlotte Was Both
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From Christ & Pop Culture

"At some point, as readers and as people of faith, we parents have to trust (and hope and pray and maybe cross our fingers) that we’ve done the best we can to prepare our children to cope in a broken world on their own. That includes messed up literature and messed up parenting. We train them up and we let them go and we rely on love to cover a multitude of sins—even sins of literary omission."

Read more: Erin Wyble Newcomb, The Kiddy Pool, Christ & Pop Culture
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From The Federalist

"As a mother, I’ve recently been wrestling with how to begin discussing racial diversity with my preschoolers. I want my daughters to grow up aware of the differences and the struggles of the oppressed. I pray they are loving, tolerant, and quick to embrace those who are different from them. I pray they are salt and light in this hurting world, and they are not too young to begin learning.

"As a teacher and children’s book enthusiast, my first response tends to be 'Let’s find a book for that!' I believe in the power of story and its ability to make a better world. So, I’d like to share several books with you, broken down by age. The books for older students share more specific stories of racism or prejudice in America. The books for very young children tend to focus more on embracing differences. Hopefully this list can be a great resource for teachers and parents."

Read more: Casey Orr, The Federalist
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From The Washington Post

"Earlier this summer I was on a panel at a literary conference where I happened to say that Rudyard Kipling was a wonderful writer. Immediately, a number of people in the audience began to boo and hiss. Two of my fellow panelists nearly shrieked that Kip­ling was utterly beyond the pale, being at once racist, misogynist and imperialist. Not entirely surprised by this reaction, but nonetheless flabbergasted by its vehemence, I made a flustered attempt to champion the author of 'Plain Tales From the Hills,' 'The Jungle Books' and 'Kim.' I declared what many believe, that he is the greatest short-story writer in English. This only made things worse. Finally, with some desperation I blurted out: 'How much Kipling have you actually read?'"

Read more: Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
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From Swimming in the Dark

"Last year, I wrote about hanging poetry around the house for a little painless and pleasant supplemental education over the summer. You choose the walls that your family is likely to spend time staring at anyway, and you put wonderful words and brilliant imagery in front of their faces."

Read more: Simcha Fisher, Swimming in the Dark, Aleteia
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From Acculturated

"Of course, publishers have been churning out abridged version of classics such as Treasure Island for years (some tolerable, others terrible); and some retellings for children, such as Charles and Mary Lamb’s Tales From Shakespeare, have become classics in their own right. But by the time they are teenagers, children need to be challenged in all sorts of new ways if they are to make the transition to adulthood successfully. If they can’t be challenged by reading—even with relatively accessible books like The Da Vinci Code—then how are they supposed to tackle tougher questions (a frequent complaint about Millennials)?"

Read more: Julia Dent, Acculturated
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From BNKidsBlog

"Despite the changes over the years, the purpose has stayed the same: to honor our military members who gave their lives for our country. Now, that may be a challenging concept for some kids, and some parents, but here are a few fantastic books to help bring home the meaning in a relatable way."

Read more: Lindsey Lewis Smithson, BNKidsBlog, Barnes & Noble
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From BuzzFeed

"Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor celebrates its 40th anniversary this year."

Read more: Krystie Lee Yandoli, BuzzFeed
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From The Atlantic

"Overwhelmingly, in my own family and far beyond, the stories that land with the greatest impact are those where darkness, loss, and danger (emotional or physical) is a reality. But the goal isn’t to steer kids into stories of darkness and violence because those are the stories that grip readers. The goal is to put the darkness in its place."

Read more: N. D. Wilson, The Atlantic
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