Meeting challenges —that’s what Buzzers and Buzzettes are doing with the start of school, perhaps even accomplishing some “Extraordinary Feats,” the July theme of reviews featured here. Now that school’s in session, Newsbee hopes you’ll flood the hive with your take on Book Buzz Picks. Live …

Youngsters excited about the new experiences that starting school brings are sure to be taken with “Ming goes to School,” a picture book by Deirdre Sullivan, with illustrations by Maja Löfdahl. This book with a timely storyline is the August Baby Buzz Pick, chosen by parent educators with th…

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It’s here — start-up friendships at bus stops, new tennis shoes and backpacks, sharpened No. 2 pencils, erasers intact, and books rich with the scent of fresh ink. Newsbee anticipates the joy and challenges of another school year with his August “School Days, School Days” theme. Celebrate hi…

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Summer may be winding down, but Newsbee hopes your reading is ramping up. There are plenty of Book Buzz Picks at your local libraries – so “Page On,” like the young people who wrote the winning reviews this month.

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If someone asked you to draw the sun, would you make a little yellow circle with lines coming out of it? That’s fun, but what does the sun look like up close? We can see the shapes and outlines of craters and mountains on the moon, but what about the sun? Does it have rocks and dust and hill…

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We admire “Extraordinary Feats,” but accomplishing them isn’t a breeze if you’re a bee. Sometimes a drone will rise to the occasion, zero in on the sweetest field of flowers, making for a humdinger batch of honey.

We admire “Extraordinary Feats,” but accomplishing them isn’t a breeze if you’re a bee. Sometimes a drone will rise to the occasion, zero in on the sweetest field of flowers, making for a humdinger batch of honey. The characters in this month’s Book Buzz Picks rise to challenges and succeed …

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Hot days make for cool reading. If you need a break from the heat, swing by your local library, check out a Book Buzz Pick and send Newsbee a review.

Hot days make for cool reading. If you need a break from the heat, swing by your local library, check out a Book Buzz Pick and send Newsbee a review. You just might get your review published in The Missourian, like the students whose writing is featured here. Each will receive a free book co…

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You can count on little ones loving books with photos of cute little animals. “Numbers, (Picture This),” by Judith Nouvi, has a bevy of creatures children can name and count too. This enchanting board book is the June Baby Buzz Pick, suggested by the Washington School District Parents as Teachers.

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It’s here! That long summer break we’ve all been waiting for. Here’s hoping it offers abundant time to read and review Newsbee’s Picks. What could be better than having your review published in your hometown newspaper and receiving a Book Buzz Book to boot, compliments of our friends at the …

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There’ll be sing-alongs and plenty of giggles when reading “The Ants Go Marching,” an interactive board book by Priscilla Burns. The book is the newest chosen by parent educators with the Washington School District as a Baby Buzz Pick.

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One of the best things anyone of any age can do to keep their mind sharp is to keep their body healthy, and this summer, The Missourian will help young readers learn how to do both with its annual Summer Reading Program, “Fit to Read.”

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Bee imaginative — dive into three new books, “Creative Capers” that are wholly original. Innovative tales delight, take readers to undiscovered realms, miraculous worlds that only exist in our mind’s eye. Newsbee hit solid gold with these clever stories, gifts from writers and illustrators w…

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The countdown is underway; as school winds down for the year don’t take wing from reading – check out Book Buzz Picks at your school or public library. And remember if your review is featured in The Missourian, you’ll receive next month’s Book Buzz Pick in your age category as a reward, comp…

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A young Kirkwood family who had ridden the Amtrak train to Washington last week knew exactly what to do when they found a Little Free Library standing inside the depot. Kirkwood has five such libraries, where people are invited to “Take a Book, Return a Book.”

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If you could, what would you want to look at? Maybe to find out if a crab is about to nibble on your toe? Well, if you were really lucky, you might just see a beautiful coral reef.

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Interactive fun in bright elementary colors can be found on the pages of “Let’s Play” by Hervé Tullet. This imaginative board book is the Baby Buzz Pick for April, selected for the honor by the Washington School District Parents as Teachers.

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In books, as in life, there are people we admire who have qualities we’d like to mirror. In April, Newsbee celebrates “Memorable Characters” in three amazing new books that are sure to become personal favorites. Get set to meet a pair of polar bears, a past president with panache, and a brav…

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On Easter, Newsbee plans on bee-ing with his family. He can wing it over to see them, which gives him a big advantage over the Easter Bunny. The news about town is that E.B. couldn’t fly home because he didn’t have hare fare. Chuckle, chuckle! Peep! Peep! Hope you enjoyed my stab at humor an…

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Newsbee’s blue running shoes are toeing the line; he’s anxious as a sprinter to announce his “Ready, Set, Read” Picks. Your bee buddy is set to lead the pack with books bound to leave you breathless. So join the race; be the first to check out these winners at your school or public library. …

Newsbee’s blue running shoes are toeing the line; he’s anxious as a sprinter to announce his “Ready, Set, Read” Picks. Your bee buddy is set to lead the pack with books bound to leave you breathless this March. So join the race; be the first to check out these winners at your school or publi…

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Every year should have an extra day to read. That’s what Newsbee thinks! He’s leaping with joy this month about the marvelous reviews that arrived at the hive. Take a look see at the prizewinners. Then get back to “Paging On!” Newsbee’s waiting on a review from you!

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Anyone who attended The Missourian’s Run to Read event a few years ago to hear children’s author/illustrator Meghan McCarthy’s presentation may remember her talking a little about how crazy the 1904 Olympic Marathon held in St. Louis was. She was in the middle of doing research for a book ab…

Long before Old MacDonald became the star of a sing-along that every child knows, kids have been fascinated by farm life. “I Spy on the Farm” by Edward Gibbs uniquely features farm animals and is the newest Baby Buzz Pick chosen by Washington School District parent educators.

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Long before Old MacDonald became the star of a sing-along that every child knows, kids have been fascinated by farm life. “I Spy on the Farm” by Edward Gibbs uniquely features farm animals and is the newest Baby Buzz Pick chosen by Washington School District parent educators.

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Family Reading Night, an annual free community celebration of reading, will be held at Washington Middle School on Friday, Feb. 26. This is the 16th year for the reading event, sponsored by The Missourian, Washington School District and Washington Optimist Club.

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Long winter days call for a roaring fire, a mug of hot chocolate and a riveting read offering escape and adventure. Why not “Cozy Up With a Good Book?” This month Newsbee has several in mind he’d like to suggest, books that will chase the winter blues away. You’re sure to enjoy the tale of a…

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Write on! Area students kicked off the New Year by writing Book Buzz reviews. Congrats to the writers, and to all who took the time to send their reviews to the hive. Each of the students whose reviews appear here will receive a prize book from Newsbee’s friends at the Washington Optimist Cl…

Write on! Area students kicked off the New Year by writing Book Buzz reviews. Congrats to the writers, and to all who took the time to send their reviews to the hive. Each of the students whose reviews appear here will receive a prize book from Newsbee’s friends at the Washington Optimist Cl…

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Little ones are sure to be captivated by “Lift-the-Flap First 100 Words,” a book published by Scholastic that is sure to please. This user-friendly, fun read has been named the January Baby Buzz Pick by parent educators with the Washington School District.

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Bees make resolutions too! Newsbee wants to double his literary efforts and work even harder to bring young readers books to “Light Up the New Year.” There’s no greater pleasure than sharing a love of reading, so get to glowing with his January Picks, books that celebrate the light of friend…

Something beside holiday greetings arrived in Newsbee’s mailbox – a stack of Book Buzz reviews on his Nov. Picks. Santa couldn’t have brought your bee buddy anything he would have appreciated more.

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Nursery rhymes rule in “Mother Goose’s Pajama Party,” by Danna Smith. The engaging picture book has been named the December Baby Buzz Pick by the Washington School District Parents as Teachers.

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Good times abound during the holidays, memories made and shared as families gather. Together time provides opportunities to share the “Gift of a Good Book,” to revel in the joy the written word presents, intimate moments in a busy season. Books provide a great excuse to just stop and lose yo…

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The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a joint project of the European Space Agency and NASA, was launched in 1995. SOHO’s main mission is to observe the sun and the space around it. It watches the sun for giant explosions called coronal mass ejections. It looks at the constant energy and particles the sun releases that we call the solar wind. It wasn’t built to find sungrazing comets, but it turned out to be really good at it.

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Newsbee received some purr-fectly wonderful reviews on his October Picks, which featured fabulous felines. In this month of Thanksgiving, he’s especially grateful to the Washington Optimist Club for continuing to reward readers whose reviews are chosen to appear in The Missourian. Each reade…

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Give it up for gratefulness! Newsbee is; he feels blessed by stories, the settings, plots, themes and “Extraordinary Characters” that spring from the imaginations of gifted writers. Sometimes characters are two-footed, sometimes four, sometimes winged — fictional and nonfictional, all admira…

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Like Earth, Mars has seasons, volcanoes, canyons, and weather. When Mars was a young planet, it may even have had oceans. Today, water on Mars exists as a solid in the polar ice caps and as ice crystals in thin clouds in the Martian atmosphere. Scientists have seen evidence that liquid water was on the surface a long time ago in Mars’ ancient history. However, liquid water on the surface of Mars today has been hard to find. Until now!

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It’s easy to lose yourself in a good story — this month area students did just that with Book Buzz Books. They seemed to really enjoy the “Finding Their Way Back” themed books from September, all focusing on character, or characters, undergoing conflict of one kind or another.

It’s easy to lose yourself in a good story — this month area students did just that with Book Buzz Books. They seemed to really enjoy the “Finding Their Way Back” themed books from September, all focusing on characters undergoing conflict of one kind or another.

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