Monthly Archive: March, 2013

Week 4 Winner!

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Suzanne Costner (comment #20), you are the final winner in our month of book giveaways!  Thank you to everyone who entered our contest.  We hope you’ll keep reading and commenting for another great… Continue reading

Picture Books in the Classroom

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Picture books are great for enhancing literacy in the elementary grades. They can be read aloud to a group, shared with an individual child, and paged through by the students themselves, taking in… Continue reading

Book Review: How to Lead a Life of Crime

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How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller. February 2013. 9781595145185. Gr. 9-12. I am not a criminal. Far from it.  Sure, I have a couple of speeding tickets on my… Continue reading

Week 3 Winner!

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Elsa (comment #40), you are the winner of this week’s prize.  Please email us at booksinbloom@mackin.com with your mailing address, so we can send you your prizes. There is still one more chance to… Continue reading

Three Humorous Graphic Novels for Kids

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I mostly read realistic teen fiction, and often these books deal with young people in difficult situations. Frankly, sometimes I need a bit of a break from the heavy stuff. Maybe you do… Continue reading

Book Review : Mary Roach and Science Nonfiction for High School

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Reading nonfiction is a favorite of mine, and I usually read about social studies and science (or grammar).  I am glad that the Common Core standards include a stronger focus on reading nonfiction.… Continue reading

Week 2 Contest Winners!

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I’m excited to announce two winners this week!  Each will receive a copy of The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman and an ARC of the upcoming sequel The Cydonian Pyramid. Without further ado,… Continue reading

Women’s History Month Marches Forward

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For good reason, March is Women’s History Month. One hundred years ago on March 3, 1913, more than 5,000 suffragists marched in Washington, D.C., underscoring what was called “a national policy of nagging”… Continue reading

The Alex Awards

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I try to read broadly, through all levels and genres, but I will say that the majority of books I read are written for adults.  However, I do read a good number of… Continue reading

WWII Fiction and Nonfiction for Middle School

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Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes. April 2013. 9780763660376. Gr 6-8. When I heard the Candlewick rep say, ” Hero is about a 13-year-old boy during World War II, living in Italy,”… Continue reading