Author Archive

Picture Books : Saying Good-bye to Friends

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My boys have been fortunate to have lived their entire childhood in the same house—gone to the same schools, had the same pediatrician. At 25 and 20 years old, they have had many… Continue reading

Review : Boundless

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The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel. 9781442472884. 2014. Gr 5-8. In Kenneth Oppel’s Printz Honor book, Airborn, his characters took to the air in a magnificent flying airship; in The Boundless, most of the… Continue reading

Literary Nonfiction for Common Core

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There has been a lot of conversation, discussion, debate, and yes, even some arguments over the Common Core’s stress on nonfiction.  Though I appreciate literature and love fiction, I personally am glad of… Continue reading

Protagonists and Logophiles

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I am a bibliophile.  Most of you reading this blog about books are probably bibliophiles as well, because a bibliophile is a lover of books. But I am also a logophile.  Not only… Continue reading

Fascinating American History by Bill Bryson

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All my life I have enjoyed reading about history.  I will read about the history of anything—the obvious history of political and social issues, but also the history of crime, entertainment, language.  I’ve… Continue reading

Series: The Lunar Chronicles

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Fantasy is my favorite genre—though I really won’t turn away historical fiction, science fiction, mysteries, or even realistic fiction.  I especially enjoy a good fairy tale retelling; whether it is spoofed or twisted… Continue reading

Picture Books : First Steps, Parties, & Getting Lost

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Usually I select books on a similar topic for my posts.  We gave a presentation last fall to Minnesota librarians and have shared on this blog many of the books we talked about… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Picture Books of 2013

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I love picture books and find that this list is the most difficult to make, and this year was no different.  Take a look at my favorites, and if I missed one of… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Nonfiction of 2013

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Here’s my second of three lists of my favorite 2013 titles.  Check back tomorrow for my favorite picture books. ELEMENTARY NONFICTION Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter. 9781442464841. 2013. Gr K-3. Though this picture… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Fiction of 2013

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It’s that time of year again:  the posting of the “Best of” book lists.  Some decisive people are able to pick only 10 books published in one year, but I find that impossible. … Continue reading