Category Archive: Humor

July 13: National Embrace Your Geekness Day

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Did you know that there is a national holiday devoted to helping us accept our inner nerd?  July 13 is national “Embrace your Geekness Day”.  I’m convinced that everyone has a side of… Continue reading

Odyssey Awards part 1

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One of the good things (are there any others?) about an hour commute each day is I get to listen to a lot of audiobooks. I generally prefer adult books, but I recently… Continue reading

Review: Return to Augie Hobble

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Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith. 9781626720541. May 2015. Gr. 4-6.   You probably know Lane Smith as a collaborator and illustrator extraordinaire of such great titles as It’s a Book, The… Continue reading

Just for Fun…

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We get a lot of requests from librarians looking for high interest books that their students will love. I shared a few “just for fun” titles back in 2013, and it seemed like… 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

Epistolary novels

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During one of our “what are you reading” conversions here at work, I commented that the last three books I read were all written in varying degrees as correspondences between characters.  Coworker Ryan… 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

Review: Monster on the Hill

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Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell.  July 2013. 9781603090759. Gr. 5-8 This book has been on my “to read” list for a long time. I mentioned it briefly in our presentation at… 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

Just for Fun

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We here at Books in Bloom spend a lot of time reading and blogging about books for the classroom on serious curriculum topics.  And that’s good.  We’re definitely going to keep doing that. … Continue reading