Category Archive: Primary (K-2)

Thanksgiving

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With a winter storm descending on us here in Minnesota today and Christmas music already playing in the shopping malls, I’d like to give a nod to our slightly less hectic November holiday.… Continue reading

Read-alouds for your littlest listeners

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Are you looking for a picture book read-aloud for a group of little listeners? Try one of these great titles in your next storytime! Green is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Thong puts… 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

Looking Closely…

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Some of my favorite picture books are the ones that make you look very closely at the illustrations to tell the full story. There are some great examples of that this year, and… 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

Henri Matisse

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This summer I had the opportunity to see a Henri Matisse exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts that combined their collection of his work along with a circulating exhibit from the Baltimore… Continue reading

More Stellar Space Books

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As Mindy alluded to in her last post, we recently presented a number of our recent favorites at a conference for teachers and librarians. We spent a lot of time researching, reading, and… Continue reading

Review: And Two Boys Booed

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And Two Boys Booed by Judith Viorst and Sophie Blackall (ill.) 9780374303020. September 2014. Gr. K-2 Since we are about to give our big Booktalk Live! presentation at the ITEM (formerly MEMO) conference… 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

We need diverse books

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We need diverse books. The movement that started as a hashtag earlier this year has grown into an organization with a mission to promote diverse books and authors. This is great news for… Continue reading