Category Archive: Intermediate (3-5)

Review: The Pirate Pig

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If you have been reading my posts on Books in Bloom for a while, you have read about my daughter as a pre-schooler and as a kindergartener. Well, she is now a second… Continue reading

Ferris Wheel Day

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February 14th is not just a day for love; it’s also a day to celebrate Ferris Wheels!  This date in February marks the birthday of George Washington Ferris, engineer and designer of the… Continue reading

Series Review: Weird America

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I have always been fascinated with the odd, the weird, and the bizarre. I was the kid that could be found scouring the Guinness Book of World Records for interesting minutiae, reading Ripley’s… Continue reading

The Greatest

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  Yesterday, Muhammad Ali turned 74 years old.  Known simply as “The Greatest”, Ali transcended boxing to become an important social, cultural, political, and religious figure over the past 50 years. Growing up… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Fiction of 2015

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Selecting my favorite fiction titles is slightly easier than choosing my favorite picture books—but only because picture books are shorter and I can read more of them. I read a lot. Staying abreast… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Nonfiction of 2015

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I love nonfiction! And there have been so many wonderful nonfiction titles for young readers this year. Here are some of my favorites—and though my nonfiction TBR list is quite lengthy, I’m always… Continue reading

The Force Awakens

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“Chewie…we’re home!” Today, Han and Chewie are indeed “home” with the release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.  For the next few days (weeks? months?), Star Wars will be everywhere.  I have… Continue reading

Military Appreciation Day is Every Day

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With Veterans Day fast approaching, it behooves all adults to better familiarize our youth on what the day symbolizes for Americans. It is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended… Continue reading

A “Depressing” Anniversary

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Eighty-six years ago today, the American stock market took a lethal plunge, throwing the country’s banks and working class into a panic and perpetuating the most severe economic depression the country had every… Continue reading

Tell Me Your Story

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History is full of interesting people! Reading about the lives of others is often captivating. Sometimes luck comes into play, but often, it’s what’s inside of a person that compels them to be… Continue reading