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Mercy Watson Book
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Author Chris van Dusen in Maine

If your child has ever brought home a Mercy Watson book, then you know who I'm talking about!

A Portland born author, Chris van Dusen has visited many schools. He visited Benton Elementary last year, much to Anderson's delight! Tuesday, he was in Auburn at Jayden and Bradley's school and Jayden was so excited! Why? Well, here's why!

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Children's Books Facts
HMH Books / Harper Collins

11 Amazing Facts About the Authors of Your Favorite Children’s Books

From champion beaglers to real-life James Bonds, the stories behind these authors are equally as fascinating the books they wrote.

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Books
@darth, Twitter

Books With a Letter Missing Are Better Than the Originals

Remember that time that #BooksWithALetterMissing was trending on Twitter, and it was hilarious? No, because your life consists of more than clicking around the internet all day searching for meaning in your life that you're never going to find? Well, let us tell you -- it was indeed hilarious.

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Thug Notes Mockingbird
YouTube

‘Thug Notes’ Gives Relevant Analysis of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

It's been a while since we've read 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' but we're pretty sure this guy sums it up perfectly.

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Google

Google Honors Maurice Sendak With Whimsical Doodle

Today would've been the 85th birthday of beloved children's author Maurice Sendak, who passed away last year. In his honor, Google made this amazing, elaborate Google Doodle.

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Getty Images, photo by Henry S. Dziekn lll
Getty Images, photo by Henry S. Dziekn lll

Keith Richards owes Library $30,000 for Past Due Books

Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones recently said when he was a child he loved to hang out at the local library and read, which is all well and good; the only problem is he checked out books, but never returned them. A receptionist at the Dartford Library said going back 50 years to find out how much he would owe is tough.

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YA Horror
Kristy Puchko

6 Modern Horror Movies as ’80s Young Adult Novels

In the late '80s/early '90s, how many of you were glued to books by people like Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine and A. Bates? Long before 'Twilight,' these young adult authors were churning out sordid tales of psycho teenage killers, body-switching beautiful girls and revenge fantasies that also somehow involved final exams.  

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Lithgow Library

A Capital Read: Amy Waldman: “The Submission”

'A Capital Read' is back at Lithgow Public Library in Augusta. This time around the book is Amy Waldman’s acclaimed debut novel "The Submission", which explores the controversy and complex emotions surrounding a memorial for the victims of 9/11. Interesting!

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Celeb lookalikes
Getty Images

10 Obvious Celebrity Lookalikes From Young Adult Novel Covers

Sometimes, it's all too easy for an illustrator or a cover artist who has hit a huge creative block to use a picture of a celebrity as their guide for young adult novels. Plus, the celebrity lookalikes will help sales too, especially if it's a popular actress such as

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Christine Gritmon

8 Pop Culture Romance Novels We Wish Were Real

This Valentine’s Day, millions will cuddle up with their cats and a box of Dove bars and sink into a juicy romance novel. Wouldn’t it be far more interesting if romance novels contained the complexity, suspense and intrigue of our favorite TV shows and movies? Below, our noblest attempts at visual fan fiction. If these pop culture novels were real, they'd go straight to our Kindles so no one could see us reading them in public. 

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