Monthly Archive: December, 2012

Mindy’s Top 5 Teen Novels of 2012

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According to my GoodReads account, I have read almost 100 books in 2012.  That number includes all the picture books, chapter books, and teen novels that I remembered to record throughout the year. … Continue reading

Review: The High-Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate

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The High-Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate by Scott Nash. September 2012. 9780763632649. Gr. 3-6. Confession: I judge books by their covers.  I know, I know, the idiom “Don’t judge a book… Continue reading

Tracey’s Dozen (or so) Favorite 2012 Picture Books

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First of all, a very merry Christmas greeting from the bloggers at Mackin Books in Bloom.  We hope that you are enjoying the holiday season with your friends and family! I thought about… Continue reading

A Dozen of Tracey’s Favorite 2012 Nonfiction

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It’s time for that most strenuous time of year.  No, not the holidays—but the making of the top 10 lists.  Let me confess:  I just can’t do it.  I don’t think I have… Continue reading

Teaching Your Favorite Novels in the Light of Common Core

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By now you’ve either read or heard about the December 7 Common Core article in the UK’s Telegraph, announcing that schools in the US were replacing J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye… Continue reading

Great Graphic Novels for Girls

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Graphic novels are not just for boys anymore (if they ever were).  We have heroes like Zita (from Zita the Spacegirl) and Mirka (from Hereville) who prove that girls don’t have to stand… Continue reading

Author Interview: Steve Brezenoff

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Steve Brezenoff is the author of the brilliant book, Brooklyn, Burning, which I reviewed here yesterday.  He also has written The Absolute Value of -1, as well as many chapter books for younger… Continue reading

Book Review: Brooklyn, Burning

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Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff.  Sept. 2011. 9780761375265. Gr. 9-12. We are very excited to showcase this book on our blog, (it was recently a finalist in NPR’s “Best-Ever Teen Book” feature, and… Continue reading

How Do You Feel? Picture Books

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Feelings can be very confusing to young children, and some of the best ways to teach about them are with picture books. These new titles are fun for teaching lessons about emotions and… Continue reading

Unlikely Heroes

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Teaching thematically allows us to develop inspired units of study based on big, deep, essential questions that lead kids to think about important life ideas and that guide them toward developing their own… Continue reading