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1. Harry Potter-Themed ‘See You Again’ Video Goes Viral

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2. Indiegogo Campaign Launched For Rainbow Boxes

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3. See a Child Play Ant-Man in a Parody Trailer

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4. Go the BEEP to sleep!

TREND DETECTED! Insomniac robots are rolling off the assembly line.

Here they are blinking their way through bedtime in Todd Tarpley’s Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! (Little, Brown, September 2015), illustrated by John Rocco.

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And here, one little robot takes its sweet time shutting off in Anna Staniszewski’s Power Down, Little Robot (Macmillan/Holt, March 2015), illustrated by Tim Zeltner.

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Anna also recently introduced a BabyBot, so we can bet she can relate to her book’s tired Mom Unit. Here’s hoping, for her sake and the sake of Parental Units everywhere, that these bedtime books do the trick!

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5. Shoo, fly

It seems that the insect-of-the-moment is… the fly (and I don’t know why; maybe butterflies were too pretty). Here are five recent books starring those pests, plus reviews of a few more favorites below. Could that Old Lady who swallowed one have been on to something?

doodler_superfly  edwards_fly  heos_ifly    jonsson_astrid
Super Fly:¬†The World’s Smallest Superhero! by Todd H. Doodler (Bloomsbury, May 2015)
Fly! by Karl Newsom Edwards (Knopf, March 2015)
I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are by Bridget Heos; illus. by Jennifer Plecas (Holt, March 2015)
The Fly by Petr Hor√°ńćek (Candlewick, May 2015)
Astrid the Fly by Maria Jönsson (Holiday, May 2015)

arnold_petArnold, Tedd A Pet for Fly Guy
32 pp. Scholastic/Orchard 2014. ISBN 978-0-545-31615-6

(3) K-3 In his first picture book outing, easy-reader star Fly Guy wants his own pet. He and (boy) Buzz are excited, then frustrated, then disappointed when each choice (dog, frog, worm) is unsuitable. The two realize that Fly Guy needs “a pet with a cool name.” Buzz? “YEZZ! BUZZ!” Arnold’s lively illustrations make the most of the characters’ special friendship; the final page is especially satisfying.

cronin_Diary of a fly book coverCronin, Doreen Diary of a Fly
40 pp. HarperCollins/Cotler 2007. ISBN 978-0-06-000156-8
Library binding ISBN 978-0-06-000157-5

(2) K-3 Illustrated by Harry Bliss. Like Diary of a Worm and Diary of a Spider, this book relays real-life information through Cronin’s impeccable comedic timing in a way that makes the facts memorable. Bliss’s illustrations, including additional pictures on the endpapers, incorporate many witty details. The short sentences and visual jokes make this a great selection for listeners and new readers alike.

gravel_flyGravel, Elise The Fly
32 pp. Tundra 2014. ISBN 978-1-77049-636-1
Ebook ISBN 978-1-77049-638-5

(3) K-3 Disgusting Critters series. This humorous, informative volume gives basic facts about the title creature. Cartoon illustrations and speech-bubble text play up the kid-friendly silliness: “The housefly is a member of the Muscidae family. Mom Muscidae, Dad Muscidae…Teenager Muscidae: ‘Yo!'” The familiar subject and friendly presentation give this book broad appeal.

howitt_flyHowitt, Mary The Spider and the Fly
40 pp. Simon 2010. ISBN 978-1-4424-1664-2

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. New ed., 2002. Inspired by Gorey, Addams, and film noir, DiTerlizzi spins his own stylish version of Howitt’s cautionary 1829 poem. As a debonair spider lures a doe-eyed fly to his lair, ghosts of the spider’s prey flit about. Black-and-white illustrations with a silvery sheen capture the dance with cinematic flair. This paper-over-board edition of the Caldecott Honor Book is notable for its bargain price.

mack_frog-and-flyMack, Jeff Frog and Fly: Six Slurpy Stories
40 pp. Philomel 2012. ISBN 978-0-399-25617-2

(3) PS It’s survival of the cleverest in these six short stories. Laid out in easy-to-read comic-book panels, the simple text focuses on several scenarios between a fly and the hungry frog that wants to slurp him up. Just when you think the fly is doomed every time, the frog gets his comeuppance in the final story and readers get a good laugh. Multi-media cartoons amusingly depict the conflicts.

reynolds_bighairydramaReynolds, Aaron Big Hairy Drama
128 pp. Holt 2010. ISBN 978-0-8050-8243-2
Paperback ISBN 978-0-8050-9110-6

(3) 1-3 Illustrated by Neil Numberman. Joey Fly, Private Eye series. In his second graphic novel, private investigator Joey Fly looks into another crime in the “bug city.” Butterfly actress Greta Divawing has disappeared on the eve of her opening-night performance of Bugliacci; the suspects are other members of the cast. Varied cartoon-panel illustrations feature details of bug life that add interest and humor to the mystery.

rosen_tinylittleflyRosen, Michael Tiny Little Fly
32 pp. Candlewick 2010. ISBN 978-0-7636-4681-3

(2) PS Illustrated by Kevin Waldron. “Tiny Little Fly / sees great big toes… / Tiny Little Fly / sits on Elephant’s nose.” Fly first bugs–then escapes from–Elephant, Hippo, and Tiger, even when they unite. In Waldron’s arresting digitally enhanced gouache and pencil illustrations, bold lines and a vivid palette command attention. With a pesky antihero and catchy repetitive verse, the story will captivate listeners.

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6. YouTuber Interprets a Neil Gaiman Poem in ASL

Have you ever seen an American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation of one of your favorite poems? The video embedded above features a YouTuber known as “Crom Saunders” signing Neil Gaiman’s piece, “The Day the Saucers Came.”

This poem can be found in the 2006 collection, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders. Gaiman himself shared this video on his Facebook page with the comment: “This is rather wonderful…”

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7. Artist Creates Paper Art Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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An artist named Adamova Marina (also known as Talamaska) created¬†paper-cut art pieces inspired by Lewis Carroll’s famous novel.

Talamaska’s artwork showcases the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, and the Queen of Hearts.¬†What’s your favorite character from the Wonderland cast?

According to boredpanda.com, five of Talamaska’s pieces were showcased at a personal exhibition in Moscow. Follow these links¬†to download¬†free digital copies of both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

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8. 85 Stanford Students Collaborate On a Speech

Stanford Law (GalleyCat)For many, writing is a solitary activity. For the Stanford Law School class of 2015, it has become a group effort.

85 graduates have volunteered to collaborate on a speech. Marta Belcher, the student who initially suggested this crowdsourcing idea, will join together with several other students to share the finished address at a graduation ceremony set to take place on June 13th.

Here’s more from the Standford Law website: “In the first phase, students were given access to the wiki and added their ideas for overarching themes of the speech to a running list. Stage two focused on submitting content ideas, which resulted in the creation of more than 3,000 words of raw content in rough, bullet-point form. The third stage was the editing process, which began with an edit-a-thon on April 30, where students pulled from the content contributed during stage two to create a detailed outline of the speech that they filled in with proposed language.” (via Fusion.net)

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9. Knuffle Bunny Statue May Be Installed in Brooklyn

Knuffle BunnyThe Friends of Park Slope Library group hope to secure $250,000 to build an outdoor storytelling garden. If they are successful, they plan to install a statue of Knuffle Bunny.

This character appears in Mo Willems’¬†Caldecott Honor-winning picture book¬†Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale and the sequel¬†Knuffle Bunny Too. In the past, Willems used to be a resident of this Brooklyn neighborhood.

Here’s more from DNAinfo.com:¬†“The garden is one of several neighborhood upgrades that could receive funding through City Councilman Brad Lander’s participatory budgeting program, which kicks off April 14. Voters in Lander’s 39th District will choose their favorites from a list of 13 possible projects, and the top five vote-getters will split $1.5 million in taxpayer dollars from Lander’s discretionary budget. Now in its fourth year, the citizen-led budgeting initiative has paid for several local improvements that were dreamed up by residents, from new computers at libraries to bathroom renovations at elementary schools.” (via The Mo Willems Blog)

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10. Minions to Star in Comics & Graphic Novels

MinionsTitan Comics will publish several comic books and graphic novels starring the Minions.

According to¬†The Hollywood Reporter, fans will get to read about the Minions’ crazy antics in “four comic book issues, two digest collections, two hardcover editions, and a paperback collection.” A summer launch¬†is being planned for these¬†books to coincide with the release¬†of the highly anticipated¬†Minions¬†movie.

Animators Didier Ah-koon and Renaud Collin will collaborate on these projects together. The first Minions comic title and the first digest collection will come out on June 17th. The Minions film hits theaters on July 10th. (via ComicBookResources.com)

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11. The Book Thief Voted Most Popular Book in Australia

Book Thief CoverWhat’s the most popular book in Australia?

According to the results of Dymocks Bookstore’s booklover‚Äôs 101 survey, that honor belongs to Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. More than 15,000 bibliophiles participated in this survey.

Here’s more from The New Daily: “This year 17 Australian books made the list, including AB Facey‚Äôs A Fortunate Life and Anh Do‚Äôs The Happiest Refugee…Ms Higgins said 35 books on the list have been made into successful films ‚Äď including the recent Hollywood hit Fifty Shades of Grey.” We‚Äôve linked to free samples of the top ten books below.

Free Samples of Australia’s Top 10 Favorite Books

01. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

02. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

03. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

04. Magician by Raymond Feist

05. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

06. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

07. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

08. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront√ę

09. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

10. The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

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12. Everywhere dragons

…at least, everywhere in the March/April Magazine! These four new dragon-themed books are all reviewed in that issue, offering something for dragon fans of several different age groups. Consider them additions to our dragon-centric fantasy booklist.

florian_how to draw a dragonFor preschool- and primary-aged kids, there’s author/illustrator Douglas Florian’s How to Draw a Dragon (Simon/Beach Lane, April 2015). Less a how-to guide than a celebration of creativity ‚ÄĒ and dragons, of course ‚ÄĒ it gives both practical drawing advice (“Draw your dragon’s pointed spines / using lots of jagged lines”) and Florian’s patented poetic silliness (“Dragon fire has reds and yellows, / and it’s good to toast marshmallows”). Mixed-media collage art with a childlike sensibility rounds out this appealing book.

yep_dragon's guide to care and feeding of humansAuthor Laurence Yep knows his dragons. He hilariously revisits the topic in his latest book for intermediate readers, A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans (Crown, March 2015), cowritten with Joanne Ryder and illustrated by Mary GrandPr√©. Refined Miss Drake and her scrappy new pet Winnie are having a power struggle over Winnie’s training: Winnie (a human) seems to think she is the owner and Miss Drake (a dragon) is the pet. They continue to butt heads, but there are more important things at stake ‚ÄĒ a magical creature called a pemburu could destroy San Francisco unless the pair can stop it.

Two dragon-themed YA sequels appear in this issue:

Shadowhartman_shadow scale Scale (Random House, March 2015) is the sequel to Rachel Hartman’s¬†2013 BGHB Fiction Honor Book Seraphina. Seraphina and a fellow half-dragon (or ityasaari) named Abdo search for others like them. They hope that, together, the psychically talented ityasaari will be able to establish a dragon-proof psychic defense. In their travels, Seraphina and Abdo learn to their horror that malevolent half-dragon Jannoula is manipulating the minds of many ityasaari. Plenty of suspense and a thoughtfully developed dragon-centered world make this a captivating read.

johnston_prairie fireE. K. Johnston’s gripping Prairie Fire (Carolrhoda Lab, March 2015) picks up where The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim left off: Owen and his friend Siobhan have graduated from high school and enlisted in the Oil Watch, helping to defend carbon resources from dragons. However, life in the Oil Watch is not exactly what they anticipated: they are stationed at a remote and dangerous location, and burns Siobhan sustained in the first book compromise her abilities.

For even more dragon-themed YA, see this list.

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13. Etsy Shop Owner Creates a Kanye West-Themed Bible

Book of YeezusPeople throughout human history have invented a great number of deities from Zeus to Odin to Allah. One creative has decided to put a new spin on the book of Genesis by replacing every reference to the name God with that of controversial hip hop star Kanye West.

The Etsy shop owner behind “the Book of Yeezus” calls his “novelty coffee-table book” a “Bible for the New Age.” Each unit sells for $20.00.

Here’s more about the item: “In a sense, Kanye‚Äôs awesome and orchestrated spectacle is truly a religious experience. In a foreword, we explore our consumerist, quick-fix, and information-culture, and celebrate Kanye and the outsized significance he plays in our lives. All of this, bound in a black, hard-cover gold-leaf imprinted book.” (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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14. Retro-Themed Parody of Batman v Superman Trailer Goes Viral

What would have happened in a battle between Adam West and Christopher Reeve? A YouTuber who calls himself Bobby Burns created a retro-themed parody the recently released Batman v Superman teaser.

The video embedded above features clips from the 1966 Batman TV series and the old-school Superman movies; it has drawn more than 142,000 views. Click here to watch the original Dawn of Justice trailer. (via TheWrap.com)

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15. Hank Green Performs His Own Original Poem

In honor of National Poetry Month, we‚Äôve dug up a video of YouTube star Hank Green reciting his original poem, “Grab It By The Testicle.” The video embedded above has drawn over 400,000 views.

Green wrote this piece “for the college and high school graduates of the year 2011 (and future years as well…I believe it all applies).” Recently, Green received a request for a new poem during a Reddit A.M.A. session‚ÄĒwhat do you think?

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16. T for two

Reading through the fiction reviews section of the May/June Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Transformations, I’m struck by the sudden urge for tea. One lump or two, protagonists?

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Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff: ‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt do it on purpose, obviously,‚ÄĚ says twelve-year-old Trent Zimmerman. ‚ÄúKill Jared Richards, I mean.”

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge: “Eleven-year-old Triss Crescent wakes up confused after a terrifying accident.”

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman: “Twig Fowler and her mother keep to themselves so that their neighbors in Sidwell, Massachusetts, won‚Äôt discover their secret.”

Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt: “On the first day of school, September 1, 1948, eleven-year-old Tate P. Ellerbee learns that her class will be writing to pen pals.”

Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr: “Young narrator Trille‚Äôs best friend is his next-door neighbor, Lena, almost nine, perhaps best described as a more-realistic Pippi Longstocking.”

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente: “He lives an unhappy, bewildered life as ‘Thomas’ until Tamburlaine, a fellow Changeling, reveals her magical abilities and encourages him to find his own.”

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17. Warner Bros. Picks Up the Film Rights to The Selection

9780062059932Warner Bros. has picked up¬†the film rights to Kiera Cass’¬†young adult book, The Selection.

Katie Lovejoy has been hired to serve as the screenwriter. Denise DiNovi, Alison Greenspan, and Pouya Shahbazian have signed on to serve as producers.

Here’s more from Deadline: “Described as The Hunger Games without the bloodshed, it follows 35 underprivileged girls who are chosen to compete to live in a life of luxury. The protagonist, America Singer, is sweet on a young man from her district, but when she‚Äôs exposed to the opulence of a royal life, she‚Äôs conflicted, even though a rebel uprising threatens the pampered.”

In the past, the CW had held the TV rights to The Selection and even shot two pilots for it. Ultimately, the studio decided not to move forward with a full season.

Originally, Cass had intended her Selection novels to be a trilogy. Last year, she announced her plans to expand it into a five-part series with two additional installments and a collection of novellas.

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18. Not-so-new New Yorkers

I know this is not news, but, boy, there are a lot of New Yorker covers lately that were done by people (men) who are also illustrators. (Because my husband never throws them away, we’ve got a lot lying around.) Here’s an array.

(Top) Kadir Nelson and Harry Bliss; (Bottom) Christoph Niemann and Liniers.

(Top) Kadir Nelson and Harry Bliss; (Bottom) Christoph Niemann and Liniers.

Three covers by Barry Blitt.

Three covers by Barry Blitt.

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19. Chipotle Launches Cultivating Creativity Student Essay Contest

Chipotle Essay Contest Logo (GalleyCat)Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched the Cultivating Creativity Student Essay Contest.

According to the press release, the winning entries will be published on the restaurant’s cups and bags some time in 2016. Each of the winners will receive $20,000 in prize money which will be “deposited into a 529 savings account, to support their continuing education.”

Jonathan Safran Foer, an author and the curator of this series, and Laura Esquive, a novelist and screenwriter, will serve as the judges. The submission deadline has been set for May 31st. Follow this link to submit a story.

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20. Blogger Inks Deal For Bob’s Burger-Themed Cookbook

Bob's BurgerCole Bowden, the blogger behind Bob’s Burger Experiment,¬†crafts recipes inspired by the “Burger of the Day” chalkboard featured on the¬†Bob’s Burger’s animated series.¬†According to BuzzFeed, he¬†plans to create a cookbook.

Rizzoli has acquired the manuscript; no publication date has been announced. Bowden revealed in a post that he is teaming up with Bento Box Entertainment, Fox, and the show creator Loren Bouchard for this project.

Bouchard will create the illustrations. At this point in time, Bowden¬†hasn’t shared any of those exclusive recipes yet, but he promises that “they‚Äôve been delicious.” (via Eater.com)

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21. How Does History Influence George R.R. Martin?

For A Song of Ice & Fire series author George R.R. Martin, history is a constant muse. The TED-Ed team has created a six-minute lesson that focuses on “the wars that inspire Game of Thrones.”

The video embedded above explores the similarities shared between the events and players of the Wars of the Roses and Martin’s beloved epic fantasy story. Over at the TED-Ed website, viewers can access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources.

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22. Amazon Editors Launch a Young Adult Book Club

I'll Give You the Sun (GalleyCat)The Amazon editorial team has launched a young adult book club.¬†To kick things off, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson was chosen as the May/June 2015 read.

Participants¬†can submit questions for Nelson from now until May 30th; her responses will be posted on June 15th. Discussions are being held¬†at the club’s Goodreads group page.

The editors have also compiled a list of “100 Young Adult Books to Read in a Lifetime.”¬†Some of the titles that made the cut include American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

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23. Everybody wants to be Press Here

When Herv√© Tullet‘s Press Here came out in 2011, reviewer Lolly Robinson wrote that its ingenious interactivity “gives the iPad a licking.” Following a similar no-screen-needed interactive model is this lovely pair of books:

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Susan Dove Lempke wrote of Tap the Magic Tree in the January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine, “Perhaps inspired by the very popular Press Here, this is winsome in its own right and stylishly designed.” Its more bedtime-oriented companion book, Touch the Brightest Star, is reviewed in our May/June issue.

Here are a few brand-new arrivals with Press Here‚Äďlike directions to tap, shake, rub, and blow on the pages:

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glass_do you want to build a snowman

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What’s that saying about “the sincerest form of flattery?” ūüėČ

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24. New York Poetry Festival Featured On Kickstarter

The Poetry Society of New York, the producers behind the 5th annual New York City Poetry Festival, have raised more than $12,000 on Kickstarter.

The funds will be used to cover the costs of hosting this year’s event. We‚Äôve embedded a video about the project above.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “This year we will welcome back more than 75 New York City poetry groups, including venerable institutions, upstarts, small presses, local reading series, literary journals, high school poetry teams, and more to The Festival‚Äôs three stages. If year‚Äôs past are any indication, over 250 poets will present, and we’ve already booked some incredible headliners: Nick Flynn, Patricia Spears Jones, David Matlin, and Fran Quinn!”

Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

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25. BookRiot & The Harry Potter Alliance Team Up to Host a BYOB Book Drive

World Book Night UK 2015Earlier this year, the organizers behind the United States version of World Book Night announced its shut down. To retain some presence of this beloved event in this country, BookRiot and Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) will host a BYOB Book Drive.

In this case, BYOB stands for “bring your own, outrageous, outstanding, overflowing books.” Four meet-ups will¬†take place on April 23rd (the same night as this year’s United Kingdom edition of World Book Night)¬†in Chicago, Richmond, Washington, and New York City.

Here’s more from the announcement: “While we can‚Äôt provide multiple copies of favorite books to givers, we figure that if you‚Äôre anything like us you‚Äôve got mountains of beloved books at home that you‚Äôre more than willing to share with others. So set aside some to donate, swap favorites and stories with fellow participants, and help the HPA‚Äôs Accio Books campaign reach this year‚Äôs goal of 60,000 books collected. With our powers combined!”

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