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Ruby Bridges’ Children’s Book

Ruby Bridges, who you should have learned about in history class as the first African American child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans on November 14, 1960, has written a children’s book. Random House Children’s Books imprint Delacorte Press will publish This Is Your Time on November 10th, which was inspired by the Black Lives Matters protests and is a letter from Bridges to young people as “a candid telling of the past and positive message for the future.”

Bette Midler Writes Book About Duck

The wind beneath her wings (not at all sorry!): Bette Midler’s first children’s book is set to publish in February 2021 and is about Central Park’s Mandarin Duck–the unexpected 2018 visit from a species native to Japan and China and not so much NY. The Tale of the Modern Duck: A Modern Fable will include photography from Michiko Kakutani and illustrations by Joana Avillez.

Abraham Lincoln’s Newly Transcribed Letters

Crowdsourcing for the win! The remaining 10,000 letters in the Letters to Lincoln project (letters sent to and from President Abraham Lincoln) have finally been transcribed thanks to thousands of volunteers. The Library of Congress has in total 40,000 documents, and now around half of those have been digitized, meaning you can read thousands of President Abraham Lincoln’s letters.

Welcome Back Lessons During A Pandemic

An elementary school librarian shares Welcome Back lessons for teaching during a pandemic.