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Vol 3 No. 1 • February 2016 • Julia Washburn, Editor

January has passed, which means our first chapter of the new year has been written. Did we push through hard work, let ambition drive us to greater learning, or make plans to create something new? While researching this month's biographies, I noticed men and women who possess these traits leave a trail of something good and beneficial in their wake. Their stories, written one chapter at a time, inspire us. May this month's chapter be our best yet.

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Biography

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Biography

Dr. Penny Clawson shares a simple strategy for choosing some of the best biographies available for kids. It's chock-full of examples.

Through books we encounter people who overcame tremendous odds, served humanity, invented and discovered new horizons, or created wonderful works for our enjoyment. There are also those we identify as “anti-heroes” whose example give us pause for discernment. Continued…


We've gathered 12 biographies (mostly) that represent a cross-section of history and people who share a determined grit—to alter, create, achieve, or stand up for something. Their stories challenge us and just may change our stories.


Every Great Story Begins with an Idea

What Do You Do With An Idea? (book)

Have you ever had an idea that leaves you puzzled, not quite knowing what to do or think? Delightful metaphors and literal interpretations dance through these pages as readers follow the birth of a young boy's idea, the challenges it presents, the opportunities it offers, and above all, the potential it embodies.

"I liked being with my idea. It made me feel alive...It encouraged me to think big..."

Creativity's muse has everything to do with living fully. An impassioned presentation for every age — do not miss this one!

(Compendium Inc., 2014)


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