Monthly Archive: November, 2012

A Cosmic Perspective

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I have previously posted here about a couple of topics that are of great interest to me; how we are seemingly losing our connection to nature, and the wonder of space.  I have… Continue reading

Book Review: Moo Hoo

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Moo Hoo by Candace Ryan and Mike Lowery (ill.). April 2012. 9780802723376. Gr. PS-K Last fall, I posted How to Make Friends, which featured advice from a few picture books for little kids… Continue reading

This Book Is for Everyone: Embracing Diversity within Identity

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We all know that there are very good books out there that depict characters of diverse backgrounds, making it easier to reach out to the kids we know from diverse backgrounds. But finding… Continue reading

My Favorite Fictional Teachers

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It’s almost Thanksgiving, and in thinking about what I am grateful for this year, I keep coming back to teachers.  I’m grateful for all the teachers at my daughter’s school for the work… Continue reading

Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

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I am always amazed at the diversity and sheer number of good books that are out there.  If you are anything like me, your “To-Read” list is so large it would take a… Continue reading

Kate DiCamillo Contest Winners!

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Thank you to everyone who entered the contest!  We loved reading about all of your connections to Kate DiCamillo’s books.  We used Random.org to choose the winners from among the commenters.  Without further ado, here… Continue reading

Funny Picture Book Read Alouds

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I’ve written several times about how I enjoyed reading aloud to my boys when they were little and to my daycare kids, and how they loved being read to.  These funny picture books… Continue reading

Common Core and the Language Arts Classroom

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Lately, whenever the topic of the Common Core State Standards comes up in conversations with educators, I don’t typically see enthusiastic responses. Everyone knows about the standards and understands that they mean a… Continue reading

In the Sea: Exploring the Ocean in Books

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Earlier this year, I blogged about the Sylvia Earle biography for kids by Claire A. Nivola and how inspiring Earle’s love of the sea was to me. For the young readers in your… Continue reading

Kate DiCamillo Contest

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  We here at Mackin are big fans of Kate DiCamillo and her body of work.  Whenever a new book comes out, we fight over who gets to read the ARC first!  We… Continue reading