Raising Chickens : Urban Farming for the Intermediate Grades

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The term “urban farming” usually brings up visions of gardens, especially vegetable gardens, in backyards and containers and even on rooftops. Chickens might not seem a good topic for an article on urban… Continue reading

Stand-out Series Nonfiction

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The educational publishing world can be overwhelming. There are so many series nonfiction titles published every year for the school market than it can be daunting to think of wading through them to… Continue reading

We have a new baby! Hurray?

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Adding a new baby to the family is a wonderful experience…unless, of course, you are the older brother or sister. This picture was snapped at the moment that my older son Alex met… Continue reading

New Graphic Novels in August

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I have always loved reading graphic novels. I grew up reading superhero comics from Marvel and manga in high school and have since moved on to reading all the graphic novels that come… Continue reading

Series Review : Cool STEAM Careers

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Wildlife Photographer by Barbara A. Somervill. 9781633625693. 2015.  Gr. 4-7. Athletic Trainer by Samantha Bell. 9781633625556. 2015. Gr. 4-7. Crime Scene Investigator by Tamra B. Orr. 9781633626461. 2015. Gr. 4-7. Nurse by Kevin… Continue reading

Summer Annoyances

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Summer is in full-swing! Temperatures are rising, watermelon is in season, and people are keeping cool at the pool. Now, I am normally a “glass half-full” kind of guy, but when we were… Continue reading

Homelessness: Together, we can make a difference!

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The National Alliance to End Homelessness states: “Homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. Understanding homelessness requires a grasp of several social issues: poverty,… Continue reading

July 13: National Embrace Your Geekness Day

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Did you know that there is a national holiday devoted to helping us accept our inner nerd?  July 13 is national “Embrace your Geekness Day”.  I’m convinced that everyone has a side of… Continue reading

Hot Dog!

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I love competitive sports.  I also love eating.  One day each year, both passions converge into one glorious event: the Coney Island (NY) Hot Dog Eating Championship. Set on the Fourth of July,… Continue reading

Back to School Angst

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Do you remember your very first day of school? The bus forgot to pick me up on my first day of kindergarten in the Baldwin-Woodville school district, and my mom had to drive… Continue reading