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Author of the Month

Liesl Shurtliff

Liesl Shurtliff was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Just like Jack, she was made to do lots of yard work, pulling weeds and growing green stuff she did not want to eat. Now she lives with her family in Chicago, where it is very hard to grow things in her elf-sized yard. She dearly loves the local farmers’ market and always makes her kids...


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Video of the Month

Reviews and Awards

Two Stars for The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

  ★ “Our narrator patiently explains to a listener how a bear rode from woods to city in a truck bed, entered the city park, found the listener’s unattended sandwich on a bench, and ate it. A spread near the story’s end begins to disclose the clearly culpable narrator’s identity in a perky pair of pointed black ears; the closing spread completes the reveal, featuring a black terrier finishing his “explanation” to a brown- skinned little girl: “I saw it all. I tried to save your sandwich. I was able …

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A Word from Pat Scales

Pat Scales

A monthly column from retired school librarian, children’s literature expert, and First Amendment advocate Pat Scales.

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