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Getting Ready for April is Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month, and it is just around the corner! I’ve found quite a few excellent poetry titles that have been published since last April, and picked out a few to… Continue reading

Reading the Alex Winners

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Because of my job as a collection development librarian for Mackin, I don’t have much time to read adult books—and so I don’t usually even try to predict the Alex winners. Most years… Continue reading

Family Traditions in Picture Books

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I am a very nostalgic person. When I take people on a tour of my house, I am most proud of the objects that have special memories attached to them. For instance, the… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Fiction of 2014

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Finally, here are my 2014 fiction favorites, the most difficult list of all. I am so impressed with people who can narrow their favorites down to ten…or even a dozen. I’ve actually given… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Nonfiction of 2014

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On to my favorite nonfiction titles from 2014! Though I read a lot of nonfiction, from picture books to adult, there are many still on my TBR list. This year I added a… Continue reading

Preparing for Black History Month, 2015

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Black History Month is celebrated every February. The books below, some of the best published in 2014 and 2015, will help your students to understand the passions in the fight for rights and… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Picture Books of 2014 : A Baker’s Dozen

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It’s that time again—the posting of the yearly favorites from last year. I’m actually a bit late this year, but choosing my favorites is one of the most difficult jobs I have. Today… Continue reading

All Boarding Schools Are Not Alike

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I have never attended a boarding school, nor did I ever want to.  I’ve always been introverted, and I don’t think I could have handled having to eat every meal with crowds of… Continue reading

Picture Books : Who Let the Cat IN?

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post about dogs, called Picture Books : Who Let the Dogs Out? in which I mentioned the battle that often materializes when dog people and cat… Continue reading

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