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Picture Books: Not Just for Kids

November is Picture Book Month. You might be surprised at how many aren’t just for children. In fact I think many are really for us older folks who may be reading them with children. For any of you who might not have read one in years, except maybe to younger kids, check out some of these books that have a lot of appeal for anyone 12 and older.

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SLJ: Day of Dialog

Last Wednesday, I was lucky enough to attend the SLJ Day of Dialogue. It was my first time and it was amazing! It was a day filled with laughter, information, and best of all books! For more insight into the day, check out the official hashtag on Twitter: #sljdod13

kevin henkes slj day of dialogueKevin Henkes was our morning keynote speaker. He talked about reading to his children at the breakfast table. The books they read together sparked conversation and allowed them to read together as a family. He read books his kids might not have chosen for themselves, but they loved just the same. He then read the first chapter of his new book, The Year of Billy Miller.

Next came a panel on informational picture books with authors Jim Arnosky, Jennifer Berne, Elisha Cooper, and Jonah Winter. They talked about researching, making the text come alive, and boiling down the research to make the book exciting.

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