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Welcome to Think Outside the Stacks. We had a little break thanks to the flu, but we're back with enough bookish goodness to make up for the lack of book content lately. As always I love to hear feedback and suggestions for content at or @BethReads on Twitter. 

Here's What I Have for You Today:

Three Myths About Reading Levels and Why You Shouldn't Fall for Them (via Psychology Today)
If you are a librarian who wants some back-up to convince parents to let their kids read what they want then you are going to love this post as much as I do. There are additional lengths to more in-depth articles as well. 

2017 Debut Authors of Color and Native Americans (via Multiculturism Rocks)
A list of some upcoming books by debut authors of color or who are Native American. 

Middle Grade Gets Real (via Kerry O'Malley Cera)
A group of middle-grade authors put together a nice list of middle-grade books tackling some of the tough topics facing kids in real life. 

25 Books for Teens by Black Women Writers to Rock Your Socks in 2017 (via Shanna Miles)
Recent and upcoming books including some great debuts as well as upcoming releases from favorites like Brandy Colbert. 

25 Epic YA Fantasy Standalones for the Commitment-Phobe (via Epic Reads)
As someone who is series-averse (I can never remember enough from the earlier books by the time the next one comes out) I appreciate this list. It would make a good topic for book display too. 

Easter Egg Terrariums (via The House That Lars Built)
This really doesn't have to link to Easter, other than now is the time when clear eggs are available and soon to be on sale. She uses fake flowers, so no hole drilling or upkeep is needed. 


Trans Teens on What "Bathroom Anxiety" Realy Feels Like (via NY Mag)
Hear from the kids who are actually hurt when the adults around them can't let go of their idiocy around gender designations. 

Six Strategies for Thriving as an Introverted Teacher (via John Spencer)
It's not always easy to be surrounded by people in the classroom or the public library, but I've found doing these things to be helpful even when I didn't realize I was doing them. 

"Colours are for Everyone" and 38+ Phrases for Feminist Parenting (via Sacraparental) 
Lots of great phrases to help combat unhealthy attitudes and stereotypes in little kids including "Other people's bodies are not our business" and "We ask before we touch someone." 

"The Hate U Give" and the Reviews I Hate (via Jay Coles)
Yeah. This. Along with people giving bad reviews because the amazing book Angie Thomas wrote doesn't match what they'd made up in their head the book was going to be. You don't have to love the book, but you should understand what you are reading before you review it. 
Fingerprint Art with Printable Drawing Frames (via Fun with Mama) 
All the great things about Ed Emberley's fingerprint drawing books, plus cute printable frames to spark interest. This would make a simple passive program or a portion of a program devoted to Emberley art and books. 


Cardboard Box Hacks for the Classroom (via Pre-K Pages) 
Lots of cute ideas for re-using old boxes to promote dramatic play. I especially like the sarcophagus. 

Rainbow Squeegee Painting Process Art (via Hello Wonderful)
A clever process art activity for kids to pair with your favorite rainbow themed book or pick the right shades and slip it into your June programming for Pride. 

18 Ways to Make Your Online Accounts More Secure (via Gizmodo) 
Some easy to implement tips on how to keep your online accounts more secure, and some great information to share with teens and tweens. 

Museums Tell Teenagers: We're Here for You (via NYT)
A look at the increase in non-school related programming for teens at museums. 
Be a Rainbow Classroom Door (via Teaching in the Tropics)
Not only is this a lovely positive idea for a door or bulletin board, but the talented teacher who created it provides a post with step-by-step instructions. 

Just for Fun

This Unborn Baby's Ultrasound is Extremely Metal (via Atlas Obscura)
Funny picture of a baby throwing "devil horns" in an ultrasound. 

15 Bookish Cross Stitch Patterns (via Book Riot)
Is cross-stitch having a moment? Hard to tell when all your friends are nerds to start with. Anyway, I've recently picked it up again and I'm finding it very calming. Book Riot has a nice round-up of book related patterns. 

Why You Should Stay Home When You're Sick (via Prolific Pen Comics)
LOL. If only we could show this to those patrons who spread their germs everywhere. 
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