New & Upcoming Historical Fiction: Middle School

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Looking for some historical fiction for your middle school library?  Here are some new titles you might consider. Wheels of Change by Darlene Beck Jacobson. 9781939547132. October 2014. Gr. 4-7 In the year… Continue reading

Banned Books Week 2014 : Comics and Graphic Novels

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Every year the last week of September is designated as Banned Books Week, and this year the focus is on graphic novels and comics. An excellent resource for librarians and teachers who want… Continue reading

We need diverse books

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We need diverse books. The movement that started as a hashtag earlier this year has grown into an organization with a mission to promote diverse books and authors. This is great news for… Continue reading

Interview : Author / Illustrator Mike Wohnoutka

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Today’s featured author/illustrator is Mike Wohnoutka, who has not one, but TWO books being published this month! When I read picture books, I often wonder about the creators’ thoughts and feelings regarding their… Continue reading

Picture Books : Who Let the Dogs Out?

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Which makes the better pet, dogs or cats? This question might be one of the most disputed issues ever, causing family and friends to fight like—well, like cats and dogs. Take my sister… 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

YA Debuts

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My post from last spring about middle grade debut authors was pretty popular, so I thought I would revisit the topic of debuts. This time let’s look at teen fiction. Jennifer Longo sets… Continue reading

Series Review : The Virals

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According to Bowker, the number of juvenile titles published in the United States dropped slightly in 2013, from 33,239 in 2012 to 32,902.  Sometimes we feel like most of them are stacked on… Continue reading