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Life’s a bit topsy-turvy at the hive, as in the world, but books are a constant, a joy providing an escape from what ails. Newsbee is thrilled to present a trio of happy reviews this month—congrats to the winners, who will each receive a prize book from the Washington Optimists to keep the k…

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April 22 is a biggie for the beloved orb we call home. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by being a caretaker of our planet because “Earth Is Worth It.” That’s Newsbee’s theme for Book Buzz this month. Page On with books that inspire, educate and entertain — great reads about Earth…

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Around the hive, every bee is a selfie — gifted with its own talents, personalities and quirks. Humanoids, young and old, would be wise to follow our bee buddies’ lead. To launch us on this path, Newsbee kicks off his March “Bee Who You Are” theme, introducing three stellar books that focus …

Chase winter’s gray away with characters “Born to Shine.” Walk in their footsteps as you dive into Newsbee’s February Picks, their optimism and good work a beacon to follow. You’ll meet a dachshund that celebrates individuality, a woman with a lifelong dream and a new girl at school who cont…

Though we read for entertainment, a great joy for sure, we also learn from the models that literary characters offer. In this month’s Book Buzz Picks, we meet “Visionary Characters in 2020” — a girl with grit who refuses to conform, a gifted artist who worked to make his dreams come true and…

In this season of giving, books deliver — providing hours of enjoyment, taking us to faraway places or fantastical settings that would be a dream come true to visit. Accompanying us on these flights of imagination are true and fictional characters we come to know, everyday heroes we admire a…

Too often our busy schedules prevent us from feeling grateful. Newsbee has this problem — his have-tos take up space in his head, crowding out any square inches left for gratitude. That’s why your bee buddy welcomes books this month that focus on “Thankful For . . . ,” thankful for the bless…

Bee-ware of the scare on Halloween night when Newsbee’s buzz gets some boo. To celebrate a holiday that kids really relish, your bee buddy has selected books featuring “Street Creeps You Might Meet” when you’re out trick-or-treating, none of them sinister or spooky. These festive picks are l…

Pulses will pound with Newsbee’s “Thrilling Stories.” You’ll be thanking your bee buddy for the ride of your life as you “Page On.” Meet a power-hungry llama with an inflated ego and appetite to match, a group of boys lost in a flooded cave, and a couple of kids trying to avoid a raging fire…

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Double knot your tennies, sharpen your pencils, and load up your spanking-new backpacks. As surely as fall nips summer’s heels, the school year rolls around. To get young readers pumped for the three R’s, meeting new friends and sharing summer highlights with them, Newsbee’s got “Ready, Set,…

Hitting the library in the summertime can be rewarding and even earn young readers a prize book. That’s the case for Matt Riskey who wrote the winning Book Buzz review this month. Matt will be in first grade at Southpoint Elementary School and will receive a free Book Buzz Book for writing h…

Hitting the library in the summertime can be rewarding and even earn young readers a prize book. That’s the case for Matt Riskey who wrote the winning Book Buzz review this month. Matt will be in first grade at Southpoint Elementary School and will receive a free Book Buzz Book for writing h…

An out-of-this-world event will make news this month. Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong walked on the lunar surface while Michael Collins orbited the moon. It’s quite a day to remember. Newsbee’s over the moon about the upcoming celebratio…

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Newsbee’s buzzing with happy at the hive. The reviews he’s received have put your literary buddy in a celebratory frame of mind. Congrats to the kids who offered their take on his Picks this month. Each contributor will receive a prize Book Buzz Book from the Washington Optimist Club as an i…

Newsbee hopes his trusty Buzzers and Buzzettes won’t take a break from summer reading. “Loving Our Libraries” is a mantra he honors, and he trusts young readers will live by that mantra too. Summer provides free time to swing by the library and check out Book Buzz Books and other treasures o…

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It’s tough to feel like you’re the odd man out — grounded like a fish out of water. The star players in this month’s picks face challenges “Finding Their People,” yet forge ahead, meeting difficulties head on. They suit up and show up, persevering, knowing “this too will pass.” Rather than t…

Reading reviews from Buzzland makes Newsbee’s soul sing, which is usually what birdies do, but your bee buddy can’t resist. This month’s reviews really made him puff out his chest in pride. For these young reader’s efforts, each will receive the next month’s Book Buzz Pick, compliments of th…

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Spring into a great book — get inspired to “Page On” by reading student reviews on some of Newsbee’s recent picks. Congrats to the young readers whose reviews appear here. As an incentive to keep reading, the Washington Optimists will present each of them with a new Book Buzz Book.

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Bees and human-beeings take nature for granted yet our glorious orb keeps rolling along, mesmerizing our psyches with crashing oceans, verdant land, sky-blue heavens, deep recesses beneath the ground and a dizzying array of unique creatures and plants. On April 22, join Newsbee in celebratin…

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