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"Hugo" Earns 11 Academy Award Nominations

By Kristin Masters. Jan 25, 2012. 2:30 AM.

Topics: Caldecott Medal, Children's Books, Movie Tie-Ins

The nominations are in, and “Hugo” tops the list with 11 Academy Award  nominations. The film, directed by Martin Scorsese, earned nominations for best film and best director. It is one more example of books’ inspiring movies we love!

     
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Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin!

By Kristin Masters. Jan 17, 2012. 2:05 AM.

Topics: American History, Book Collecting, Biographies, Science

Today would be the 306th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, whose contributions stretched far beyond his role as Founding Father. The polymath inventor was a significant figure in the American Enlightenment, paving the way for the evolution of politics, science, and even the country’s infrastructure.

     
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The Ultimate Inspiration: Famous Mountaineering Expeditions

By Kristin Masters. Jan 11, 2012. 4:42 AM.

The month of January: a time for new beginnings… and New Year’'s resolutions. Already many of us are already grappling with the challenge of maintaining our resolve. What better inspiration for fulfilling those promises, than a look at the heroes who have attempted one of the ultimate challenges:

     
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Children's Literature: Caldecott, Newbery and Coretta Scott King Awards

Every year, the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), honors the best in children’s literature. The Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, and Coretta Scott King Award are the among the most sought after honors for children’s books.

     
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