Hot Topics: Sports, Music, and Emergency Workers

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It’s Hot Topics time again!  This time we chose topics that we hadn’t covered in a while, including some high interest subjects that your students will love. Sports We all have been watching… 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

Foodie Bandwagon

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It seems being a foodie has gone mainstream.  With the increase of celebrity chefs and reality TV cooking shows, farmers markets and organics, food websites and blogs, (what’s the deal with taking pictures… Continue reading

Genius and Madness

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There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. –Aristotle I find geniuses and their lives fascinating, and I think Aristotle has identified why that is for me.  It seems that the… Continue reading

Review: Shackleton’s Journey

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  Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill.  9781909263109. 2014. Gr. K-4 When I look out my window, I see snow and ice.  I can almost feel the sub-zero temperatures that we’ve had here in… Continue reading

Protagonists and Logophiles

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I am a bibliophile.  Most of you reading this blog about books are probably bibliophiles as well, because a bibliophile is a lover of books. But I am also a logophile.  Not only… 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

Review: Red Rising

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Red Rising is the beginning of a trilogy from the debut author, Pierce Brown. The story takes place on Mars, far into the future. The society on Mars is constructed into castes, and… Continue reading

Hot Topics: Severe Weather, Poetry, and the Common Core

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It’s Hot Topics time again!  It may be February, but we have spring in our hearts—and in our lists.  It may seem like spring will never arrive, but it will be here before… Continue reading

Fascinating American History by Bill Bryson

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All my life I have enjoyed reading about history.  I will read about the history of anything—the obvious history of political and social issues, but also the history of crime, entertainment, language.  I’ve… Continue reading