Category Archive: Primary (K-2)

How does your Garden Grow?

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When my kids were younger I tried every trick in the book to get them to eat their vegetables. One of my strategies was to give them each a garden plot in which… Continue reading

The Little Things in Life

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Maybe you thought this would be about watching a beautiful sunset, sipping hot chocolate on a cold day, or any number of other “little things” we enjoy in life. Actually, I am being… Continue reading

Books of Few Words

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For those of you curious about what librarians at Mackin do all day, wonder no more! In this post I’ll give you a behind the scenes look and share a few books related… Continue reading

Review : What’s New? The Zoo! : A Zippy History of Zoos

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Since we live about six miles from the Minnesota Zoo, we often had a family membership there when my boys were little. When Alex, my older son, was a preschooler, we usually visited… Continue reading

Review: All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

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Once again I’ve come across a picture book that proves to be both informative as well as enjoyable. I’d heard of Juneteenth but never understand the historical significance of the celebration. All Different… Continue reading

Animals Helping People

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Like many of us, I have pets. In the past, when my sons were younger, we had rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, ferrets, birds, snakes, a hermit crab, and a walking-stick bug.… Continue reading

Review: The Scraps Book

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The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert. 9781442435711. March 2014. Gr. 1-4 I’ve already confessed my particular affinity for memoirs, and what could be better than a memoir that… Continue reading

A New Dinosaur? Cool!

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Some of you may have read the recent news in the dinosaur world. For those of you that don’t know, a huge dinosaur, a species of Titanosaur (it doesn’t have a name quite yet) … Continue reading

Civil Rights Commemorations

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We are in the midst of 50th anniversary commemorations of the many significant Civil Rights events of the 1960s. While most people would agree that the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme… Continue reading

Author Spotlight: Nancy Carlson

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Last week at this time I was sitting on the floor with a group of kindergarteners, including my daughter, listening to Nancy Carlson talk about her books. She was visiting to share First… Continue reading