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The Research Is the Best Part

Violet and Daisy

Sarah Miller Author Essay

Let me tell you a secret: the research is the best part. I’m supposed to say that it’s the writing, but it’s not. Writing is work. It’s necessary work if I want to share the stories that enthrall me, but it’s hard work. Research, though? That is a playground.

The most fascinating thing, the thing that nothing but research reveals, is how stories evolve. Even nonfiction, which is built of facts, is affected by our perceptions. As the years and decades pass, the way we look at people and events undergoes drastic transformations, even when the facts remain the same.

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Fiction and Nonfiction Pairings

Students have diverse learning needs, and supplying a curriculum with a balance of fiction and nonfiction titles can help satisfy the varied learning requirements in your classroom. In this guide, you will find suggestions for pairing fiction with nonfiction. We have organized these books by the themes and units you already teach.

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The Lorax

The Lorax By Dr. Seuss

Celebrate Earth Day with Dr. Seuss and the Lorax in this classic picture book about sustainability and protecting the environment!

I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
Dr. Seuss’s beloved story teaches kids to treat the planet with kindness and stand up and speak up for others. Experience the beauty of the Truffula Trees and the danger of taking our earth for granted in a story that is ...

Author Spotlight

Andrea Zuill

Andrea Zuill is the author-illustrator of Regina is NOT a Little Dinosaur, an Indie Next List selection; Sweety, a Booklist Best Book of the Year; and Wolf Camp, a Children’s Choice Award finalist. She is also the creator of Business Pig, Dance Is for Everyone, and Marigold & Daisy. Andrea is the illustrator of Cat Dog Dog by Nelly Buchet, an American Library Association Notable Book which was called “A clever, winning read-aloud for modern families” in a starred review from Kirkus. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in California, Texas, and New York. Visit Andrea on the Web at or follow her on Twitter at @AndreaZuill.

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