When parents ask children's author Kate Messner about what kids should be reading, she always says the same thing.

Messner is an award-winning author who has written more than 30 books, including the juvenile fiction series "Ranger in Time." She was also a middle school teacher for 15 years.

In a Twitter thread, Messner shared that parents often approach her to express concern about the kinds of the books their kids read.

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It's an undeniable fact that Dolly Parton is America's sweetheart.

Don't believe me? Twitter is full of evidence.

First of all, she's a hilarious meme queen.

Dolly's able to take any old photo of herself (or even an animated GIF!) and find a way to make people laugh.

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Growing up in Flint, Michigan, Brandon Carr of the Baltimore Ravens had a deep connection with the teachers in his life.

His fourth and fifth grade teacher, Denise Pitman, made a major impression on him.

"She really turned my education around," Brandon says. "I was so excited to go to school. She was like my mom — she pushed me."

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Art can provide hope, community and a sense of purpose.

Illustration by Juana Medina via The Library of Congress

As the son of migrant farmers, Juan Felipe Herrera leaned on that hope as his family struggled to make a living. Constantly chasing the seasons through the unforgiving desert, scalding sun, and suffocating heat, the Herrera family found themselves living in trailers and tents more times than not. This life taught Herrera the value of hard work, and now he's made giving hope, community, and a sense of purpose through his words and his new job.  

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