Author Archive

Picture Books : Drawing & Painting & Messing Around!

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In my years as teacher, mother, and daycare provider, I have not met a child that did not love to draw and paint. The nice thing about drawing is that they can do… Continue reading

Banned Books Week 2014 : Comics and Graphic Novels

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Every year the last week of September is designated as Banned Books Week, and this year the focus is on graphic novels and comics. An excellent resource for librarians and teachers who want… Continue reading

Interview : Author / Illustrator Mike Wohnoutka

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Today’s featured author/illustrator is Mike Wohnoutka, who has not one, but TWO books being published this month! When I read picture books, I often wonder about the creators’ thoughts and feelings regarding their… Continue reading

Picture Books : Who Let the Dogs Out?

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Which makes the better pet, dogs or cats? This question might be one of the most disputed issues ever, causing family and friends to fight like—well, like cats and dogs. Take my sister… Continue reading

Series Review : The Virals

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According to Bowker, the number of juvenile titles published in the United States dropped slightly in 2013, from 33,239 in 2012 to 32,902.  Sometimes we feel like most of them are stacked on… Continue reading

Review : The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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The Young Elites (Book 1) by Marie Lu. 9780545135719. October 7, 2014. Gr 9-12. Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy is one of my favorites, so when an advance copy of the first book in… Continue reading

Traveling to Strange New Worlds

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I enjoy reading all sorts of fiction, but my favorite has always been about anything not real—which now goes by the much more imposing term of speculative fiction. And within this subset of… Continue reading

Review : What’s New? The Zoo! : A Zippy History of Zoos

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Since we live about six miles from the Minnesota Zoo, we often had a family membership there when my boys were little. When Alex, my older son, was a preschooler, we usually visited… Continue reading

Animals Helping People

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Like many of us, I have pets. In the past, when my sons were younger, we had rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, ferrets, birds, snakes, a hermit crab, and a walking-stick bug.… Continue reading

Series Review: The Hero’s Guide

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Many fairy tales are girl-centered—even though it’s often the prince who saves the day. Think about it—we know all about Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel, but how many of their princes… Continue reading