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National Nothing Day
January 16th is National Nothing Day. This un-event was created by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin. It was first observed in 1973. The goal of National Nothing Day is "to provide Americans with one national day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing, or honoring anything."

Jacquie Lawson's Card of the Month
CCF is not associated with nor does it recommend Jacquie Lawson cards
ChildrenComeFirst no longer recommends the Jacquie Lawson cards nor the memberships the company offers.

Maximum Ride
Maximum Ride, by James Patterson, is a compelling story about a group of kids that were taken as babies by mad scientists and mutated into bird/human hybrids.

The War of Mirrors
In The War of Mirrors, by E. J. Stewart, war breaks out in Larkwood when a mole forces some weasels to look at themselves in a mirror.  They weren't quite ready to see themselves as they really were!

The Kraken: Is this mythical creature real?
"19th Century drawing depicting a ship reportedly attacked by a kraken off the coast of Angola. [source:] What do "Pirates of the Caribbean" and Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" have in common? They both talk about the Kraken, the most horrifying legendary sea monster ever. And now Japanese researchers off the Ogasawara Islands south of Tokyo have filmed the capture of one such giant creature. The giant squid they captured is 3.5 meters long (11.5 feet), still a young specimen by giant squid standards.

Be Ugly in 2007: Find ugly in "beauty"
ABC & Girl, Inc's public service campaign: BE UGLY '07"Ugly is the new beautiful," the theme of ABC's TV show Ugly Betty, is picking up steam. "The fight for female self-esteem gets pretty ugly," reports Ann Oldenburg in an USA Today article about the BE UGLY '07 public service campaign that starts on-air tonight during "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve."

Skinny models are out
December 5 2006
two women carrying a "say no" signWe were both shocked and elated with the BBC article of September 13, 2006, telling us that The Spanish Association of Fashion Designers was banning models who had a BMI of less than 18 from their prestigious show. Shocked because we never thought anyone would have the courage to stand up and declare that allowing anorexic-looking models to be seen as the standard of "beauty" was wrong. Elated because someone, finally, had the courage to do so.

Study Guides & Strategies
December 4, 2006
Joe LandsbergerDo you know how to prepare for a test? How to study in groups? Do you know what the "Ten tips for terrific test taking" are? These and many other study strategies and study guides are available to you when you visit the Study Guide & Strategies web site that Joe Landsberger has provided as an educational public service.

The Tale of Despereaux
December 1, 2006
book cover: The Tale of DespereauxThe Tale of Despereaux, by Kate Dicamillo, is a is a book I recommend to young readers who are not interested in reading long books but still want to read books with adventure, fantasy and sad parts in it." --Megan, a 3rd grader from Oregon, has written a book review of this wonderful title.

Walk Two Moons
Book image: "Walk Two Moons" by Sharon CreechWalk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech, is a book about a girl named Salamanca on a journey to see her mother." Casey, an 8th grader from California, has written a book review of this wonderful title.

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"Pa'lante" (Move on) by Willy Chirino
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