What To Do About That Reference Collection

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Most school library media specialists are well along the path of developing a blended and balanced print/electronic collection. However, challenges remain when determining which format to choose to best serve our students. This… Continue reading

Hot Topics: Travel, Bugs and Staff Picks

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Spring is in the air! Well, actually it snowed here in Minnesota this week. But we’re still dreaming of warmer weather with our Hot Topics lists for April. Travel The promise of summer… Continue reading

Picture Books : Saying Good-bye to Friends

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My boys have been fortunate to have lived their entire childhood in the same house—gone to the same schools, had the same pediatrician. At 25 and 20 years old, they have had many… Continue reading

Do you miss manners?

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In my last post on food, I was please to see table manners addressed in Fizzy’s Lunch Lab: Super Supper Throwdown.  I rounded up a few other titles on the subject.   Mary… Continue reading

Books and Gender

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I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of upper elementary-age boys at a local public school last week. Their wonderful librarian had set up the “guys group” to be a focus… Continue reading

Review : Boundless

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The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel. 9781442472884. 2014. Gr 5-8. In Kenneth Oppel’s Printz Honor book, Airborn, his characters took to the air in a magnificent flying airship; in The Boundless, most of the… Continue reading

Review: Dreamer, Wisher, Liar

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Sometimes you need a little magic in your life. I mentioned earlier in the year that one of my reading goals for 2014 is to read more middle grade fiction. I set this… Continue reading

Giveaway Winners!

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Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway and all those who shared ideas for National Poetry Month celebrations!  Congratulations to the winners: Maria O’Toole (Elementary), jkpurtzer (Middle School), and Stephanie Quinn (High… Continue reading

Review: The Riverman

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I am going to start off by saying that I committed a book selection faux pas by judging this book by its cover. It was a Friday afternoon and I was looking over… Continue reading

3 Year Anniversary Giveaway! (Contest Closed)

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Books in Bloom is three years old as of March 2014, and we have grown to include six regular bloggers.   We are excited to have new voices and perspectives in the mix.  You… Continue reading