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Review: The Book That Will Make You Love Books

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The Book That Will Make You Love Books by Francoize Boucher. 9780802737434. 2014. Gr. 5-8. Some books make readers ponder their very existence, view the “big picture”, or may even change the world.… Continue reading

Trees

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I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the trees in my yard. I live in an old neighborhood, and my yard is packed with massive, mature trees. In the spring and… Continue reading

The Little Things in Life

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Maybe you thought this would be about watching a beautiful sunset, sipping hot chocolate on a cold day, or any number of other “little things” we enjoy in life. Actually, I am being… Continue reading

Review: Everyone Dies in the End

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Everyone Dies in the End by Brian Katcher. 9780615710174. 2014. Gr. 10-12. Sometimes the most enjoyable books are the ones that you don’t know much about before picking them up and reading them.… Continue reading

Review: Scan

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Scan by Walter Jury and S.E. Fine. 9780399160653. 2014. Gr. 9-12. Summer will soon be upon us, and that means the latest crop of Hollywood blockbuster action movies will soon be in theaters.… Continue reading

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