Category Archive: Social Studies

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

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

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

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

Literary Nonfiction for Common Core

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There has been a lot of conversation, discussion, debate, and yes, even some arguments over the Common Core’s stress on nonfiction.  Though I appreciate literature and love fiction, I personally am glad of… Continue reading

We (Still) Love You, Yeh, Yeh, Yeh…the Beatles 50 Years On

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OK, I admit that I am a confirmed Beatlemaniac, which probably gives you a clue to my age.  However, greatness endures, and the Beatles have certainly established their place in the sweep of… Continue reading

War & Peace

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Conflict is a part of life.  No one agrees all the time, so eventually we are bound to disagree with the people around us at school, work, or home.  How we handle that… Continue reading

Review : The Best American Infographics, 2013

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The Best American Infographics, 2013, edited by Gareth Cook. . Gr 9-Adult. Once in awhile a book comes across my desk that really grabs my attention for its sheer uniqueness. The Best American… Continue reading

Mapping with Books

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I recently found myself logging on–somewhat obsessively–to Google Maps as I was reading Enrique’s Journey, a book I talked about here. As Enrique was crossing the Rio Grande to get to Laredo, Texas,… Continue reading