Category Archive: Nonfiction

Accessible High School Science

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I have to admit that science isn’t my favorite subject and it definitely wasn’t when I was in high school either. But, I do enjoy learning more about what makes the world work… Continue reading

Review: The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus

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Ok, here’s a scenario I’m wondering if anyone can relate to besides me.   Let’s say you’re getting ready to go out for the evening, maybe you’ve gotten dressed-up for the occasion, but just… Continue reading

My Very Unofficial Alex Award Nominees

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I have written before about my affinity for the Alex Awards. Each year, our staff here gets together to watch the webcast of the annual ALA Youth Media Awards. Of course, the Newbery,… Continue reading

‘Tis The Season (For Football)!

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The turkey has been carved and the pie has been consumed.  The leftovers are finally starting to dwindle.  The packages from Black Friday are safely stashed in a closet.  With the calendar turning… Continue reading

The American Presidents

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During my college years at the University of Minnesota-Morris, I took a number of political science courses that intrigued me.  One that particularly stood out was “The American Presidency”, where we studied the… Continue reading

Courage and Resilience

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True stories of extraordinary courage and resilience are very compelling reads for me. Some of them are so amazing and improbable that they seem like they must be fiction. I grew up enjoying… Continue reading

The World Series: Baseball’s Championship

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Baseball is different from many other sports because it is more of a marathon than a sprint.  It begins in April, continues throughout the summer months, and winds down in September.  If your… 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