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Books and Gender

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I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of upper elementary-age boys at a local public school last week. Their wonderful librarian had set up the “guys group” to be a focus… Continue reading

Genius and Madness

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There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. –Aristotle I find geniuses and their lives fascinating, and I think Aristotle has identified why that is for me.  It seems that the… Continue reading

Review: The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.

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The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus. 9780439912990. 2013. Gr. 4-6. Math is hard. Being a middle child is hard. Telling the truth is hard. It is obviously hard being Gregory… Continue reading

Graphic Novels for Younger Readers

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When I think about graphic novels, what comes to my mind first are the comic-book style graphic novels geared towards older students.  But, there are many fun, interesting, and educational titles for our… Continue reading

“Dangerous” Nonfiction

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We all want our kids to be safe.  We teach them to avoid dangerous situations that could be harmful to their health and well-being.  Books are a great way to experience things vicariously,… Continue reading

Baseball and Math

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The World Series recently concluded, crowning the Boston Red Sox as champions, but that doesn’t mean that we need to stop thinking about baseball until opening day of the 2014 season.  Baseball is… Continue reading

Scary Stories!

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Halloween is fast approaching, and it means different things to different people.  Some people love to dress up, some like to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.  Here in the children’s literature realm, it… Continue reading

Book Review: Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab

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Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder.  November 2013. 9781594746482. Gr. 4-7. There are a lot of middle-grade mystery and adventure books out there.  The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew/Scooby Doo sort of… Continue reading

Review: The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas

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The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas by David Almond and Oliver Jeffers (ill.). 9780763661694. 2013. Gr. 4-7. One of the standard questions grownups always ask children is, “What do you want to be… Continue reading

Series Review: Tales From Lovecraft Middle School

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Last time on the Books in Bloom Blog, I wrote about some great new nonfiction titles for boys.  There, I highlighted a few things to think about when selecting titles that boys will… Continue reading