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Rocco Staino is recently retired from the North Salem Central School District in New York. During his career as an educator he was involved with various literacy initiatives on the regional, state and national levels. He was the longtime chairman of the Books for Kids Foundation and is currently chair of the Empire State Center for the Book and Book Festival.

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Edgar Awards Also Has Books for Kids (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 12:05 PM

Each year over 500 writers and lovers of mysteries gather in New York City for a black-tie evening to celebrate the winners of the Edgar Awards presented by the Mystery Writers of America. However, few lovers of children and young adult books realize that the awards also honors...

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Robert Forbes, the Poet, Celebrates National Poetry Month in Style

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 10:59 PM

Malcom was a collector, Steve is political but Bob Forbes is the poet of the family. When Robert L. Forbes, one of Malcom Forbes' five children, is not busy as president of Forbes Life he has another life as a poet. He is the author of of three books of...

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Celebrate Jackie Robinson With a Book

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 4:47 PM

What better way to celebrate the opening of Major League Baseball's 2013 season, the release of bioepic film 42 and Jackie Robinson Day than reading a book with a kid. Below are some recommendations:

The film 42 will open on April 12. Set in 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison...

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10 Passover Books for Kids

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 2:29 PM

This collection of Passover literature for children ranges from a serious story of how Jews in hiding during the war celebrated to a humorous tale of a robot that helps with the ritual cleaning. There most certainly should be a book here you can share with your favorite child during...

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David Baldacci Introduces Kids to America's Attic

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 5:15 PM

As part of the kick-off for his new book Day of Doom (Scholastic), New York Times best selling author, David Baldacci introduced kids to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History via a virtual field trip. The "Decoding History" virtual field trip.

In Baldacci's book, the latest...

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Vassar Students Rally in Protest Against Westboro Baptist Church

(8) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 7:21 PM


Students at Vassar College, a small, liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., came out in force Thursday afternoon to protest a visit from members of the Westboro Baptist Church. Vassar, or as the Kansas-based church calls it, the "Ivy League Whorehouse," has become a Westboro target because the church believes...

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10 picks From Toy Fair That Parents Will Enjoy (Sharing with their Kids)

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 5:32 PM

The 110th Annual Toy Fair was recently held in New York City. It was filled with many familiar toys from my childhood as well as a host of innovative items that one could not have imagined 10 or 20 years ago. I wanted to share some old and new items...

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Children Authors & Illustrators Help Bring Normalcy to Sandy Hook Elementary School

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 6:01 PM

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Authors/illustrators visitors to Sandy Hook Elementary School. Back Row: Alan Katz, Bruce Degen, Tad Hills, Katie Davis, Vincent Kirsch, Bob Shea, Meghan McCarthy. Front Row: Susan Hood, Mike Rex, Tracy Dockray, Marc Tyler Nobleman, Daniel Kirk.

Twelve children's authors and illustrators traveled to the...

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Parents Work to Create a School In Memory of Maurice Sendak

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 5:29 PM

Due to the efforts of a group of Brooklyn parents, when PS 118 in Brooklyn opens next September, it will welcome students to a school named in honor of Maurice Sendak. The parents rallied to work with the school administration and the New York City Department of Education...

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NYC to Name School in Honor of Maurice Sendak

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 11:29 AM

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Maurice Sendak, the famed children's book author and illustrator, who passed away on May 7th will be memorialized with a public school named in his honor. On February 8th, PS118 in Park Slope Brooklyn announced on their...

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NCAC Auction Off Edgy Book Covers

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 5:00 PM

As part of its annual fundraising event, Celebration of Free Speech and Its Defenders, the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) auctioned off a few mythical book covers that would be sure to raise some eyebrows. Award-winning book illustrators created covers for books with such provocative titles as Blow...

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Ten Books to Celebrate Julia Child's 100th Birthday (SLIDESHOW)

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 12:23 PM

Gourmets and gourmands are pulling their ten Julia Child's cookbooks off the shelves to help celebrate the culinary icon's 100 birthday on August 15th. But foodies, lovers of pop culture and kids will also find a book to help celebrate Julia's birthday.

In 1961, Child introduced America to French...

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South African Shantytown Opera Singer Takes NYC by Storm (Video)

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 2:31 PM

Mteto Maphoyi (Mthetho Mapoyi), a kid from a small Xhosa township in South Africa's Western Cape and a subject of the 2011 documentary, The Creators, was recently given a Big Apple welcome. The film tells the stories of various artists who struggle with the affects of living in...

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Ice Age to Digital Age at The Society of Illustrators (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 2:54 PM

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(Digital production still of Scrat and Scratte from Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. TM & ©2009 Twentieth Century Fox Films Corporation. All rights reserved)

The Society of Illustrators which houses the Museum of American Illustration was recently named one of the...

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Wimpy Kid's Love is in the Air Will Be a Global Affair

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 11:17 AM

The release of the seventh volume in Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid Series Love is in the Air will definitely be a global event when it is released in November. While at the Bologna Children's Book Fair Kenney announced that following the Nov. 13 U.S. release by his American publisher, Amulet,...

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World Read Aloud Day - A Worldwide Celebration (Slideshow)

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 4:13 PM

Ambassadors, attorneys and authors were all part of yesterday's (March 7th) the third annual World Read Aloud Day (WRAD). The event that was the brainchild of LitWorld, a nonprofit literacy organization encourages the power of words in creating a community. Events celebrating the day occurred worldwide...

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Lorax Leads Way for Product Endorsements by Kid Lit Characters (SLIDESHOW)

(2) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 7:01 PM

The release of the film, The Lorax, based on the children's book by Dr. Seuss has stirred a bit of a controversy. The book, published in 1971, has long been considered a fable about the plight of the environment as it is faced with industrial greed. However, it seems that...

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Titanic Titles for Tots and Teens (SLIDESHOW)

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 1:31 PM

April 14th marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Over the last century the disaster has spawned numerous books from Colonel Archibald Gracie's Titanic: A Survivor's Story to Walter Lord's A Night to Remember. During this commemoration there is also a wealth of books both fiction and...

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Will Booze for Books Shake and Stir Communities?

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 12:46 PM

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These days, to youth librarians, Harry Potter, Anne of Green Gables and Hop on Pop are not just kid's book titles but also cocktails. The American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association has announced on its...

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Oscar-Nominated Short Celebrates Books & It's an App, Too! (Video)

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 10:18 AM

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an animated film by Moonbot Studios, is a love letter to books and its curative powers. In addition to books, the Louisiana-based children's author and filmmaker, William Joyce, was inspired by Hurricane Katrina,...

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