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Looks like I ended up with a very visual issue this month. Fun! Take care of yourselves. 

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Here's What I Have for You Today:

The True Story Behind Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Her Mixed Up Files (via Smithsonian)
My favorite book ever is turning 50. Here is a look at some background of the author and what you can and can't still see at the Met. 

Affirmation Brag Bracelets (via Teachers Pay Teachers)
Build a Better World and all around great idea. Positive affirmations on paper bracelets. You can either print them on bright paper or print on white and let kids color themselves. 

Exclusive: Lumberjanes Annual Special (via The Mary Sue)
Holly Black is writing for Lumberjanes y'all. 

Why Do Children Love Those Fad Toys So? (via NPR)
A researcher explains the hows and whys of toy fads. Personal note: there is a house in the neighborhood we go trick-or-treating in that has given away Beanie Babies two years running. Somebody had an impressive collection. 
Super Hero Cuffs from TP Rolls (via Reading Confetti)
No matter their superhero of choice a wide variety of ages would be interested in this craft. I would have foamies and paint for the little ones and some duct tape for the older kids. You can buy craft rolls at a variety of places if the TP idea doesn't work for you. 
On Wonder (via Proper Noun Blog)
Thoughts on the portrayal of disability in Wonder and the book as the starter for important discussions about ableism, true friendship, and kindness. 

When Schools Meet Trauma With Understanding, Not Discipline (via NPR)
Academic and behavioral trouble at school doesn't happen in a vacuum. 

We're The People Summer Reading List
If you're looking for Summer Reading ideas inclusive of writers, illustrators, and characters from marginalized groups check out this annual list from a team of librarians, bloggers, and academics. 
Ramona Blue Inspired Tote Bag (via Epic Reads)
A high-interest teen craft inspired by Ramona Blue. While this newsletter is pro-Julie Murphy 24/7 your teens can use the technique for whatever design they want. 

This is How We Do It (via Cool Mom Picks)
A look at This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe that shows the day to day life of seven children in different parts of the world. 

190 Catchy Headlines (via Raelyn Tan)
Clickbait templates for social media, many of which would make great titles for book displays or lists. 

iPad Listening Center (via Pre-K pages)
Creating a low maintenance listening center with an iPad and Audible would be another way to use iPads in the children's area without it being the kind of thing a kid is going to park at for hours. You'd just need to add securing the iPad and setting the parental controls to limit it to the Audible app to the instructions

Inflatable Bowling Set (via Target)
I picked this set up from dollar area at Target for $5. The pins are almost as big as my three-year-old so it would be lots of fun for a lock-in or after-hours teen event. Especially if the ball was replaced by teens in rolling office chairs, but you didn't get that idea here.  
Alice the Camel (via Super Simple Songs)
This version is a little different than the one I grew up with. It has a different animal for each number including "Sally the Sloth has three toes" and is just crying out to be done with puppets or flannel board. 
Net Display (via A Little Umbrella)
You can re-imagine this backdrop from a Mermaid party for a display or bulletin board featuring mermaid, ocean, or even pirate books.
Balloon Window (via Marcus Design)
How cool is this window full of balloons? You can do it by putting plastic sheeting behind the window and the balloons in between. Especially interesting if you're stuck with an office that has an interior window to the library...


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