Monthly Archive: January, 2013

Digital Learning Day—February 6

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The second annual Digital Learning Day is quickly approaching: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, is a great opportunity to explore the multitude of important ways in which technology can enhance education. Teachers, librarians, media… Continue reading

Social Problems in World Cultures

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Social issues include such problems as poverty, gender issues, education, race, and crime.  Here are three adult cross-over titles that are appropriate—and interesting—for high school students. King Peggy : An American Secretary, Her… Continue reading

Book Review: False Memory

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False Memory by Dan Krokos. August 2012. 9781423149767. Gr. 7-12. Imagine waking up on a park bench with no memory of how you got there.  You intuitively know your name and how old… Continue reading

Spanish Authors and Books

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I spent my high school and college years reading lots of Spanish literature and have continued to read certain authors and additional ones ever since. Among my favorites: Arturo Pérez-Riverte, Carlos Ruiz Zafón,… Continue reading

Looking at the Sky with Picture Books

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Look up.  What do you see in the sky? How do you see it?  Here are a few picture books to inspire young people to look up and use their imaginations to talk… Continue reading

Review: The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

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The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand. August 2012. 9781442442917. Gr. 5-8. Before I worked here in the Collection Analysis department at Mackin, I worked in an elementary school library. … Continue reading

A Few New Wintery Picture Books

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It is January in Minnesota, and that means it is cold and snowy.  Most of the time, I don’t mind the cold and snow very much, but sometimes I need to remind myself… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite 2012 Fiction – A Baker’s Dozen

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I used to think it would be excellent to be on the Caldecott or Newbery or Printz committee.  Can you imagine getting to decide which book is the best of the year?  Now,… Continue reading

Great New Nonfiction!

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I’ve been seeing a lot of really great nonfiction recently. I picked three titles to discuss, all of which are for kids in grades 4/5 through middle school and noticed that they’re all… Continue reading