Category Archive: Nonfiction

Little Critters Are Beautiful! (Well, Most of Them.)

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Little critters are fascinating…and beautiful, too.  Yes, they are!  When I first saw the mosaics of the wonderful artist Christopher Marley, I thought that he had painted his bugs before arranging them.  Real… Continue reading

Rainy Days and Mondays

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Vivid memories of experimenting and creating concoctions on rainy days during my younger years prepared me to be an Elementary Science prep teacher and challenged my inquisitive side.  The day I mixed baking… Continue reading

Celebrating #42 (Jackie Robinson Day)

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On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson trotted out to first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  The act itself was a simple one, but its significance was incredible: Jackie was the first black man… Continue reading

Author Spotlight: Joyce Sidman

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This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the Association of Writers & Writer’s Programs 2015 Conference where I was able to hear many different writers speak about their work. One of… Continue reading

Planting the Seeds : Gardening Books for PK-5

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I live in Minnesota, and most people up here are thinking about starting their gardens. Only thinking about it, mind you—it’s still only the first part of April. One year I remember being… Continue reading

Reviews: How Star Wars Conquered The Universe & Quiet

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Since the start of 2015, I have read two books that really had an impact on me.  I feel that both titles would be great additions to any high school library collection: How… Continue reading

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

Series Review: Cutting-Edge STEM Careers

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      Top STEM Careers in Engineering by Gina Hagler. 9781477776728. 2015. Gr. 9-12. Top STEM Careers in Math by Corona Brezina. 9781477776766. 2015. Gr. 9-12. Top STEM Careers in Science by… 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

Bowl You Over

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Each year, as a sports fan, I go into a bit of a funk during the months of February & March.  I know that basketball and hockey are still being played during this… Continue reading