Monthly Archive: February, 2012

What would YOU do?

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One of the best parts of reading fiction is the ability to put yourself into difficult situations without any of the risks of actually being in a spot.  It can be kind of… Continue reading

Nature Picture Books

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I don’t know about you, but I wish I had more time to enjoy the beauty of nature. Last weekend while I was ice fishing, being in the great outdoors (or pop-up fish… Continue reading

Alphabet Picture Books

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When my younger son, Nathan, was 3, I realized that not all alphabet books were alike.  While browsing in the library, we found The Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin.  The great thing about… Continue reading

U.S. History in Picture Books!

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As you can probably tell by now, I love history.  And I love when history comes alive in books and stories.  So when I find good picture books that focus on history, I… Continue reading

New Teen Romances

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One of my first posts on this blog last year was Stand-out Teen Romances, and I thought I’d reprise the post with a few new titles for those who want to spend Valentine’s… Continue reading

Language Arts Fun

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Call me a grammar geek or a word nerd if you will.  I have to admit it: I really enjoy browsing in the 400s.  Here are a few  titles I think you might… Continue reading

February is Black History Month

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“Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, / I am the dream and hope of the slave. / I rise. / I rise. / I rise.” ~ Maya Angelou, Still I Rise. Whenever… Continue reading

Book Review: Billions of Years, Amazing Changes : The Story of Evolution

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Billions of Years, Amazing Changes : The Story of Evolution by Laurence Pringle (ill. by Steve Jenkins). 2011. In Billions of Years, Amazing Changes : The Story of Evolution, Laurence Pringle, an award-winning… Continue reading

Historical Fiction for Elementary School

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Historical fiction is a great way for kids to get a glimpse of the past if they don’t like reading non-fiction. Historical fiction allows readers to immerse themselves in the past, to feel… Continue reading