This Harry Potter-Themed Classroom Has Gone Viral, and for Good Reason!

This Harry Potter-Themed Classroom Has Gone Viral, and for Good Reason!

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Going back to school often has a more negative reputation. You have homework, tests, and, worst of all, waking up early. Thanks, but no thanks. However, if you had Tressa Bargella as your teacher this year then I’m sure you wouldn’t mind going to school everyday.   The third grade teacher at Valley View Intermediate School in Pennsylvania went cast a spell over her classroom with amazing Harry Potter-themed decor. Check out all the work she put into this wizardly project!     Image Via ABC News   Image Via Today Image Via Babble     Pretty sweet, right? I …

‘Goosebumps!’ Author R.L. Stine Talks the Funniest Moments of His Career

‘Goosebumps!’ Author R.L. Stine Talks the Funniest Moments of His Career

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This weekend, Goosebumps! author R.L. Stine spoke to a panel at the annual thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, and man, was it thrilling! The world-renowned Young Adult Horror author told-all, starting with where his fame began…   RL Stine at Thrillerfest | Image Via Author   According to Stine, he’d never joined this industry with the idea of being a horror writer for children ages eight-to-twelve in mind:   I wrote joke books…I had no idea that children love being scared!   In fact, it wasn’t until Stine wrote his first creepy novel, Blind Date, and was quickly thrust into the world of praise from his …

Sadness Can Make You a Better Reader, According to Science

Sadness Can Make You a Better Reader, According to Science

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If you’re a bookworm, then chances are you know what the blues feel like. By blues I don’t mean the sophisicated genre of music your grandparents probably listen to, I mean the sort of invisible, heavy cloak of sadness that we wear in our lives—some every day, and others every so often.   Sadness is a feeling that every person (maybe even every animal, I don’t know) can identify with. Yet the extent and duration differs dramatically. Sadness isn’t an emotion one may typically see as having advantageous effects, but, according to a recent scientific study, it has a huge advantage when it comes to …

My Fav Superhero Is This 8-Year-Old Who Reads to Sick Kids Online. You?

My Fav Superhero Is This 8-Year-Old Who Reads to Sick Kids Online. You?

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Just like the Neil Young song, we search high and low for a heart of gold. With all the bitterness in the world, we yearn to hear that someone is still good; we want something to hang onto. This past week, I’ll have to say that I did indeed find someone with a heart of gold. And she’s eight-years-old.    Image Via Bustle   Shira Josephson made a choice to give her time away to those who don’t have much of their own. The endearing young girl sets aside a few minutes every week to make a video of herself …

Meet George, a Transgender Character Encouraging Acceptance of LGBT Youth

Meet George, a Transgender Character Encouraging Acceptance of LGBT Youth

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In 2017 we’ve seen progress of acceptance and representation of gay and lesbian individuals. When it comes to accepting and representing transgender individuals, however, there’s a lot more progress to be made.    One author is seeking to bridge the gap between the LGBT community and the public through representation,  using the transgender protagonist in the children’s book, George.   Image Via Amazon   Gino’s book follows a transgender child who tries to find a way to help others understand her true identity as a female and shed the perception of gender that is ingrained in her community. Gino effectively dives into …