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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: December 1, 2009


Congratulations to the two lucky winners of the The Nutcracker and the Mouse King & The Christmas Magic giveaway. The winners have been selected by the random sequence generator at random.org, and have each won a copy of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and The Christmas Magicboth are published by Scholastic.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: May 4, 2009

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.

An excerpt from J.K. Rowling‘s Harvard commencement address, 2008:

“On this wonderful day when we are gathered together to celebrate your academic success, I have decided to talk to you about the benefits of failure. And as you stand on the threshold of what is sometimes called ‘real life’, I want to extol the crucial importance of imagination.  …

… You might think that I chose my second theme, the importance of imagination, because of the part it played in rebuilding my life, but that is not wholly so. Though I will defend the value of bedtime stories to my last gasp, I have learned to value imagination in a much broader sense. Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most trans-formative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

Now that we have heard great words of wisdom from one of the most influential writers of current time about the importance of imagination, here are my picks to help unleash and inspire creativity and ingenuity in graduates of all ages:

The Children’s Book Review | April 8, 2008

The Apple Pie That Papa BakedThe Apple Pie That Papa Baked

Written by Lauren Thompson

Illustrated by Jonathan Bean

Reading level: Ages 2-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (July 24, 2007)

… These are the apples, juicy and red, that went in the pie, warm and sweet, that papa baked … for guess who! …