Traveling to Strange New Worlds

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I enjoy reading all sorts of fiction, but my favorite has always been about anything not real—which now goes by the much more imposing term of speculative fiction. And within this subset of… 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

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: Princeless

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Is your school filled with children singing “Let it Go” and wishing they could be Queen Elsa or Princess Anna? If so, this new graphic novel series, Princeless, is for girls who are… Continue reading

Learning from Your Mistakes…or Not!

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Here comes another great title from Georgia Bragg. How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous (May 2014) follows her 2011 popular book How They Croaked: the Awful Ends of… 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

Reading summer

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By now many Books in Bloom readers and their students are probably on summer vacation. Maybe you’ve looked forward to your summer break for the opportunity to relax and catch up on your… Continue reading