Monthly Archive: May, 2011

Read-alouds for Your Littlest Listeners

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In Reading Magic Mem Fox advises parents to “Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.” With this quote in mind, I set out to find some happy picture… Continue reading

The World of Imagination

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Children’s imaginations fascinate me. When my nephew turned 3, my brother bought him one of those hummer electric cars, but being 3 years old, Alex was more scared of the car than excited.… Continue reading

Kidnapped

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I must confess that I haven’t read the Robert Louis Stevenson classic from which I lifted the title of this post, but I have read several teen novels recently that have to do… Continue reading

Elementary Books for Boys

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This statistic provided by GuysRead.com was what initially motivated me to post about books for boys:  “The U.S. Department of Education reading tests for the last 30 years show boys scoring worse than… Continue reading

Book Review : Horton Halfpott and the Extremely Long Title

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Horton Halfpott : or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugtick Manor; or, The Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset by Tom Angleberger. 2011. (ARC) I must admit—I love long titles.  So when we received an… Continue reading

Book Review: Sparrow Road

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Sparrow Road by Shelia O’Connor.  Release Date: May 12th, 2011.  (ARC Copy) Raine O’Rourke’s life is turned upside down when her mother suddenly takes a job at a dilapidated mansion in the middle… Continue reading

Picture Books on Grief and Loss

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As adults, we have all lost someone we loved, but teachers and media specialists and daycare providers sometimes have to help a child who has experienced a loss for the first time—the death… Continue reading

National Pet Week

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Being the huge animal-lover that I am, I wanted to make sure that National Pet Week (2nd week in May) is recognized as a very important week! Pets come in many shapes and… Continue reading

Yo-ho! Yo-ho! A Pirate’s Life for Me!

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Blackbeard.  Captain Jack Sparrow. Henry Morgan. Long John Silver. Anne Bonny. Captain Hook. Do you know which of these famous pirates were real? Pirates have long held a fascination for both boys and… Continue reading

Holocaust Remembance Week (May 1-8)

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This posting is my acknowledgement of the suffering and perseverance of the survivors and victims of the Holocaust. Over the years I have read many different stories about the Holocaust. When I heard… Continue reading