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FREE Central and Eastern European Folk Tales in English: Russia, Hungary, and more!

If you’re as old as I am, Central and Eastern Europe is a pretty vague place because we didn’t learn much about it in school. I grew up before the fall of the USSR, so I don’t even know the countries of that part of the world that well although I’m getting a bit better, …

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FREE Newbery Award Books Part 5: Amazing Fantasy, Folk Tale, and Mythology

Judging from the Newbery Award books I’ve seen and read, the books need to be well written, but they also need to have an unusual topic. Given the sheer numbers of books written and published, that’s fair. Some of them are so original, however, they defy categorization. This image is the final drawing in “My …

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FREE Newbery Award Books Part 3: Books Set in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Newbery Award books, by definition, must be written by Americans or first published in the United States, but they do not have to be ABOUT the United States. These books are all set in various parts of the modern United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) although they are all set in the past. One …

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FREE Newbery Award Books Part 2: Fiction set in the Western United States

In Part 2 of our series on FREE Newbery Award winners, this week we bring you books set in the Western part of the United States. Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James Newbery Medal, 1927 Smoky the Cowhorse is set in the 1910’s, just long enough before the novel was written to document the shift …

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FREE Newbery Award Books Part 1: Fiction set in the Eastern United States

When the copyright on books or other media expires, it goes into what is called the “public domain”. That means that the book can be reproduced freely without getting permission or having to pay the author royalties. The most prestigious award for American children’s literature, the Newbery Award, has been around since 1922, so some …

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Cooking With Kids Part 3: Getting through the Day in the Kitchen

I’ve been perusing a lot of kids’ cookbooks, and I realized the big problem with them is that they aren’t that practical when you think about the way a family really eats. What most families need to do is get through the day with everyone fed, reasonably healthily, and without going broke. I’m writing this …

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