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One of the most celebrated picture books of all time is THE GIVING TREE by Shel Silverstein. However, people have very different perceptions about what makes it so special, and how one's opinion about the book changes as they grow older. 
Matthew Cordell has drawn winter days in TOBY AND THE SNOWFLAKES and fun footwear in RIGHTY AND LEFTY, but 2015 seems to have a very particular theme. Read Matthew's National Picture Book Month post below to learn what it is, and get a sneak peek at his upcoming projects!  
We love it when we hear different perspectives on why people love the same book, and below is a perfect example! Two of our Teen Board members, Maggie L. and Rachel D., wrote about THERE IS A BIRD ON YOUR HEAD by Mo Willems, part of the Elephant & Piggie series. Maggie loves the humor, and Rachel remembers how the book helped her escape from a world she didn't yet comprehend when she first moved to the United States. Read their two posts, below!    
What's more exciting than discovering forgotten stories by one of children's books most legendary authors? Not much. Reviewer Anita Lock talks about HORTON AND THE KWUGGERBUG AND MORE LOST STORIES by Dr. Seuss --- a collection of four stories first printed in Redbook Magazine but  forgotten for a long time afterwards --- in her post honoring National Picture Book Month.    
    As part of our National Picture Book Month celebration on Kidsreads, Teen Board member Rachel B. tells us why she loved TEN DOGS IN THE WINDOW by Claire Masurel and illustrated by Pamela Paparone as a child. intern Rebecca Czochor tells us about one of her favorite picture books --- A POCKET FOR CORDUROY by Don Freeman --- to celebrate Natonal Picture Book Month. Look out for more tribute posts from reviewers, authors and editors alike throughout November!
Two weeks ago, 151,000 people attended New York City's biggest pop culture event --- Comic Con.
Happy birthday Harry Potter! The Boy Who Lived has come a long way from his days receiving used socks as presents from his cruel aunt and uncle on Privet Drive, and we want to celebrate. What’s the best way?  Have a party, of course! Below, we’ve included a list of fun party ideas we came up with, along with those we discovered from creative Harry Potter fans on the internet. Plus, we have a special how-to from Jennifer Rummel, who’s thrown multiple Harry Potter parties at the Connecticut library where she works.
When trying to figure out my favorite Harry Potter memory, I was stuck. Really, truly stuck. So I took the easy way out, and made a compilation instead. Here’s a top five:
Stephanie Burgis --- author of the Kat, Incorrigible series --- knows a thing or two about magic; in the first book, 12-year-old protagonist Katherine Ann Stephenson discovers that she inherited her mom's magical powers. Therefore, we thought there was no better person to pay tribute to another series that focuses on all things enchanted! Below, Stephanie talks about reading the last book, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, all in one sitting, and why the series as a whole is so special.