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Love in the time of kholera: Kids books about love and kindness

Kids books on the basics of love and kindness (in time for Valentine’s Day) No, it’s not a misprint — “kholera” is the Greek word for the English “choler,” meaning bitterness, anger, malevolence, bile and diarrhea. (Sounds like the Pepto-Bismol song, amirite?) Because of its relation to “cholera,” I think it nicely combines hot-tempered meanness […]

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Holiday gift guide: 12 books for Christmas and beyond

The Christmas season is a time of wonder; 12 days of togetherness, sharing and caring. Those experiences — wonder, togetherness, sharing, caring — are gifts of the reading experience, as well. That’s why reading and Christmas go together like elves and Santa, whether you choose traditional holiday favorites or outstanding new titles that reflect the […]

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Noted children’s author-illustrators to visit Changing Hands in Tempe

Picture book lovers of all ages will be grateful for the upcoming post-Thanksgiving trifecta offered at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. There’s not a turkey in sight for the three late November-early December events, just in time for pre-Christmas gift-getting — but what a treat! This scrumptious three-course feast consists of appearances by some […]

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Childsplay stages “Go, Dog. Go!” at Tempe Center for the Arts

Want to attend a musical dog party? Now’s your chance. Childsplay Theatre brings “Go, Dog. Go!” to Tempe Center for the Arts on weekends Nov. 25-Dec. 23. The play is adapted from the P.D. Eastman reading primer that contains only 75 different words. But the show promises plenty of surprises, singing and barking, six lovable dogs, […]

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Author Tom Leveen: The brave new world of young-adult media

The world can be a scary place. As parents, our job is to keep our kids safe and teach them to live in it successfully. This requires us to perform a dance not taught at Arthur Murray. It’s one we learn as we go, and it involves a lot of fancy footwork — a complicated […]

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The perfect illustration: Molly Idle’s busy, idyllic life

I know exactly how Tea Rex feels. He’s the semi-civilized tyrannosaur who takes tea with Cordelia and her little brother in Molly Idle’s hilarious breakthrough 2013 picture book, “Tea Rex.” Rex is a real hand-, uh, houseful, but the resolute young lady is determined to make the best of a decidedly awkward situation and does […]

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Picture books about storytelling (and why it’s so important!)

“If I had a little book, I would name it Friend. Friend would go wherever I went, our story would never end.” — from “If I Had a Little Dream,” by Nina Laden Never mind the whole multiverse thing. Our particular universe is complicated enough. It operates on a multitude of scales simultaneously, from the […]

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Road trip? Take a good traveling book for the kids

There are travel books, which take you on an imaginary journey, and there are traveling books, which go along with you and entertain you on a real one. Happily for kids, every good book is a travel book, as well as an excellent traveling companion. But for those times when a change of pace is […]

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Approachable picture books teach kids to stay safe

For Arizona kids, “summer” is just another word for “more.” More heat, sunshine, sunscreen and ice cream; more hours to fill with friends and family, and with play, screen, swim and sleep time. More popsicles, board games, backyard adventures and bike rides. Maybe even more time to read, daydream and watch the stars come out. […]

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Gold Star Mom honors her son in “Big-Hearted Charlie Runs the Mile”

Each morning when Krista Keating-Joseph wakes up, she gets a reminder of her son. “I check my emails first thing,” Keating-Joseph explains. She’s looking to see what people are saying about the book she published after her son Charlie was killed during his third tour in Iraq. The book, “Big-Hearted Charlie Runs the Mile,” was […]

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