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Author: Rachel

Kids Read With IBC | Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!, by Atinuke and Lauren Tobia

The first time I traveled to Africa I was 16 years old. I was on a service trip to Tanzania with a group of students and teachers from my school. I loved my time there and when I left I felt like I’d left a piece of my heart buried in the deep red dirt. Fascinated by the rich cultural, political and geographical diversity across Africa, I minored in African Studies in college and found my way to Mali, Ghana and Nigeria before I graduated. Through my various studies and summers spent in West Africa I continuously discovered the...

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Kids Read With IBC | Interrupting Chicken, by Ezra Stein

Interrupting Chicken, (or “The Silly Chicken Book” as my daughter affectionately calls it) by David Ezra Stein is a bedtime favorite in our home. A 2011 Caldecott Honor Book, Interrupting Chicken was praised for its “exuberant artwork” that “shifts media and style” (American Library Association) as the reader follows the little red chicken and her papa as they read bedtime stories together. The catch? The little red chicken (who I’m convinced grew up to be one of the creators of the Youtube series, How it Should Have Ended) interrupts each story, rewriting them all to have a more common-sense...

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Kids Read With IBC | The Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch

Growing up both Canadian and American, Robert Munsch – a bestselling Canadian author – was a staple in our household. We probably had at least seven or eight of his books on our shelves because if there’s one thing Canadians are proud of, it’s other Canadians with any level of fame or success (Ryan Gosling? Yeah, he’s ours. So is Celine Dion). While Munsch’s best known book is I’ll Love You Forever, my favorite has always been The Paper Bag Princess – a story of a girl who bests a dragon and saves the prince – all while wearing...

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Kids Read With IBC | The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

“It’s snowing! It’s snowing!” my two-and-a-half year old told me with glee. It was our first real snow of the year and she was ecstatic. I bundled her up from head to toe – sweatpants, sweatshirt, snow pants, snow boots, winter coat, hat, mittens – and we headed out into the winter wonderland outside our door. She was in heaven. She loved stomping through the snow, shouting, “Mama, look! I play snow!” and giggled endlessly as I showed her how to make snowballs and then smash them on the sidewalk. When it was time to go inside it took...

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Kids Read With IBC | River Rose and the Magical Lullaby, by Kelly Clarkson

I’ve been a fan of Kelly Clarkson since her American Idol days in 2002. I’ve seen her in concert twice, own all of her CDs and I love her positive body image and her quirky, upbeat attitude. I was excited when I found out our first babies – both girls, mind you – were due just weeks apart. We both had rough first trimesters, too. For some reason there’s nothing quite like knowing a famous celebrity is puking her guts out pregnant right along with you to give you a sense of solidarity. Even though I’ve never met her...

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Rachel’s in Your Imaginary Book Club!

Back in March, Whitney put together a fun post on who would be in her Imaginary Book Club. While it’s fun to speculate about all our fantasy book club members, we always want to give you the chance to know a bit more about the folks who make up the Imaginary Book Club community. Each month we’ll be profiling one of our writers or contributors with a fun Q&A post. Feel free to chat them up in the comments. We love that. Now let’s get into it! Rachel’s in your Imaginary Book Club! Where were you born and where do you...

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