Glitter, Glitter, Glitter!

Who doesn't like glitter? Okay, maybe it can be a little messy, but many kids can't resist the allure of the sparkly stuff. There's something so joyous (and fancy!) about it! Glitter Facts and Secrets The New York Times recently ran an article by Caity Weaver called "What Is Glitter?" Hmmm...hadn't really thought of it…
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Ordinary Kids, Super Adventures

There's a lot of great new children's novels of late, and here are four published in 2018! The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty Lucy Callahan is a math genius. Her mathematical powers suddenly appeared after she was struck by lightning(!). She's so good at math that she's intellectually ready for college even though…
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Black Cats Are the Best Cats!

A holiday honoring the coolest cats: October 27 is National Black Cat Day. A Chicago Love Story Many years ago, I lived in Chicago and volunteered for the Anti-Cruelty Society. My job ruled! I went in after hours to pet cats in order to help "socialize" them. I loved it so much that I couldn't…
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Attention Banana Lovers

Are you bananas for bananas? Express your admiration for this tropical fruit on August 27th, Banana Lovers Day. Persistent Banana Rumors Every few years, I experience a jolt of panic when the news reports roll in again: "Bananas will go extinct within the next decade." Then I hop on Snopes and breathe a sigh of…
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Paris: City of Love, and Toes!

Mark your calendars: August 6 is National Wiggle Your Toes Day. Though the origin of this holiday is unknown, its purpose is to show off your toes by wearing sandals or going barefoot. Make it a sensational day by stepping into fresh cut grass or the warm sands of your favorite beach. Or...take a trip…
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Golden State Thriller

A new bestselling investigative search for a serial killer that will keep you transfixed. Scared on a Plane I was recently on a flight for 10 hours and I spent the entire time completely frightened. I don't have a fear of flying...it was scary because of what I was reading. I'll Be Gone in the…
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