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Dear Friends,
This is NOT an election email! Which is not to say I don't have the election in mind. But sometimes life has to go on anyway.  

The top of my list this month is a children's book that reminds us never to give up on hope. A Whale in Paris  is set in occupied Paris in WWII, and is written with gentleness, big heart, and big imagination. Another very imaginative book for the same age group (9 to 12), The Lost Books, is a little less gentle, but great for action, and offers homage to libraries in the process.

For younger children (8-10), Mio, My Son, reads like a Grimm's Fairytale, full of drama, and superb moral lessons. 

Last but not least, I want to give a heads up to an illustrated children's book series that is in the process of publication. Stories for Being is beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully crafted to offer mindfulness to younger (5 to 8) children. I hope you can support their efforts.

I hope you enjoy reading these books with your children.

Laura Duggan

A Whale in Paris

Published: 2018
Theme: Optimism
Best for: 10 and up

“No one knew where the Mona Lisa was hiding. Chantal made a fist. How she hated the war. It had scared all the art way from the city.” 

A truly uplifting story about hope even during the direst of times, this will make your heart smile. Read more

The Lost Books

Published:  2018
Theme: Fantasy Adventure
Best for: 10 and up

"He’d been trained as a solider, after all. He knew how to fight. The same rules applied, if you thought about it, to books and to swards. For one thing, you didn’t run away from a challenge. You met it head-on." 

This is a non-stop, action packed books about libraries and librarians, and if you thing that’s an oxymoron, you’ll need to read this yourself… Read more ›

Mio, My Son

Published: 2018
Theme: Courage and Loyalty
Best for: 8 to 10

“Do the stars care if you play for them?” I wondered. I asked Nonno and he said he believed they did. So we sat around the fire, took out our flutes and played a little song for the stars.” 

This is a classic fantasy children’s book, a fairytale, one that easily transcends time and place. 
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Stories for Being

Published: 2019
Theme: Mindfulness for Children
Best for: 5 - 8

"Laying down before I sleep / I visit every part /Of my soft animal body… "

What a wonderful way to go to sleep – thanking every part of our body. This is the beginning of a mindful practice of gratitude… 
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