Category Archive: Nonfiction

New Middle Grade Science

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Science can be a hard topic to find those books that your students will actually want to pick up and read themselves without being told that they have to. These are a few… Continue reading

Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)?

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Thirteen years ago today, the world changed. As country music legend Alan Jackson so eloquently sings in the video above: “where were you when the world stopped turning…that September day?”  We here at… Continue reading

Review: The Book That Will Make You Love Books

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The Book That Will Make You Love Books by Francoize Boucher. 9780802737434. 2014. Gr. 5-8. Some books make readers ponder their very existence, view the “big picture”, or may even change the world.… Continue reading

Review: Maddi’s Fridge

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I recently learned September is Hunger Awareness Month. Coincidently, a children’s book recently crossed my desk that does a nice job of addressing the issue of hunger. So in the interest of raising… Continue reading

Stubby Stories

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I must admit at the start that I am a dog lover–and a fan of history–so when I discovered this trio of books about a dog named Stubby, I found an irresistible match… Continue reading

Review: Bugged: How Insects Changed History

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“Nearly everyone has a strong opinion about insects. But whether you love them or loathe them, they are impossible to avoid. For every pound of us, there are three hundred pounds of insects.”… Continue reading

Two Biographies of Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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For fans of The Little Prince, we have two new biographies of the author Antoine de Saint-Exupery. I wasn’t familiar with his life, so I was  fascinated to learn his story and see… Continue reading

Trees

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I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the trees in my yard. I live in an old neighborhood, and my yard is packed with massive, mature trees. In the spring and… Continue reading

2014 U.S. History Hits for the Middle Grades—So Far…

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I’m a history buff, so whenever interesting new titles come across my desk, I’m happily carried away to another place and time for a bit, immersing myself in another era. While I’m often… Continue reading

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