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        Anita Silvey

        The author of 100 Best Books for Children and 500 Great Books for Teens, Anita Silvey has devoted 35 years to promoting books that inspire children to become enthusiastic, lifelong readers. Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Horn Book Magazine and a children's book publisher with Houghton Mifflin), Silvey continues her role as an energetic advocate for children's and Young Adult literature through regular appearances on television and radio and at literacy events nationwide. In this interview, find out what Silvey thinks about the future of the book and listen to the thrilling real-life anecdote about the creators of Curious George. As she says, "every children's book tells a story, but every children's book has a story behind it."

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        The Future of the Book

        Silvey believes that reading a traditional book with an adult will always be important for children. Memories of reading a book together are 'whole' memories -- time, place, and the person you shared the book with.

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        Kitchen Poetry

        Silvey's mother would cajole her into washing dishes at night by promising to read poetry aloud as Silvey worked.

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        The Secret Garden

        Silvey's 'desert island book' is "The Secret Garden" and she keeps a first edition of the novel on her writing desk.

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        Writing for Children

        Anita Silvey discusses the inspiration for her transition from being an editor to becoming a children's book author.

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        Hooking Young Readers with Narrative Nonfiction

        After decades of writing about children's literature, Silvey was encouraged to try her hand at writing a book for children. She published her first, a work of narrative nonfiction, in 2008.

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        The Story Behind Curious George

        Anita Silvey tells the story of how Hans and Margaret Rey carried the manuscript for "Curious George" out of Paris -- by bicycle -- during WWII.

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        Setting a Smorgasbord

        As children get older, they want more say in selecting books to read. Parents and teachers can encourage this independence by providing a wide range of genres.

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        Challenging Books

        "At the truth of censorship is that we know that books are powerful," says Anita Silvey.

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        National Walk On Stilts Day

        Anita Silvey describes a new project that will connect a children's book to every day of the calendar year.

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        Time Machines

        Historical fiction allows a young reader to go back to a period in time and feel like they are there. Silvey remembers reading "Johnny Tremaine" and feeling like she was fighting in the Revolutionary War.

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        Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from a Children's Book

        Anita Silvey tells the story of how one line from "The Wizard of Oz" affected the work of famous heart surgeon William DeVries.

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        "500 Great Books for Teens"

        Anita Silvey describes the plan behind "500 Great Books for Teens".

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        The New Classics

        Anita Silvey thinks that with so many great works being published today, many are bound to be classics.

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        Controversial Books

        Anita Silvey explains her take on edgy Young Adult (YA) books.

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        YA Lit Today

        Today, teens enjoy reading much different books than young adults did 20 years ago.

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