Monthly Archive: September, 2011

New Multicultural Picture Books

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Growing up in a semi-rural city in central Wisconsin, the extent of my multicultural education didn’t extend far beyond selling skull lollipops for the Day of the Dead celebration in my Spanish class.  Likewise,… Continue reading

Beyond Inexcusable

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Chris Lynch raised some important and provocative questions in his 2005 novel Inexcusable, in which a high school senior is accused of date rape.  This book certainly wasn’t the first time that rape… Continue reading

Book Review : Wonderstruck

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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. 2011. (advance copy) So much has already been written and said about Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck that I hardly know what I can add to it.  The story is sweetly… Continue reading

Back to School

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I hope Books in Bloom readers are settling into the new school year nicely.  Here in our office, the new school year means we are busy with collection development requests from schools across… Continue reading

Series Review: The Maze Runner Trilogy

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I don’t know about you, but I think one of the worst feelings in the world is finishing an incredible book, and then realizing you have to wait an entire year for the… Continue reading

Books for the Birds

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Not so much for the birds, I suppose, as about them.  These books aren’t just for bird-lovers.  Give them a chance even if you wouldn’t know a meadowlark from and oriole.  I think… Continue reading

National Dog Week

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My dog Daise is my most needy fur-child. My other fur-children are cats (Sadie and Sophie), and they are much more independent than their Labrador sister. I enjoy taking Daise to doggy day-care… Continue reading

Book Review: Bunheads

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Bunheads. By Sophie Flack.  October 2011. (Advance copy) One of the first posts on this blog, back in February, was Tracey’s round-up of ballet picture books.  Those six titles for preschoolers and primary… Continue reading

Book Review: The Night Circus

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. September 13, 2011. (ARC Copy) “The Circus arrives without warning.” This intriguing sentence starts off a tale of magic, romance, and wonderment in debut author Erin Morgenstern’s… Continue reading