Tag Archive: Harper Collins

Take an Extraordinary Adventure

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As the weather begins to get chillier outside (at least here in Minnesota) I always enjoy laying on my couch under a blanket and letting my mind venture off into the world of… 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

New & Upcoming Historical Fiction: High School

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Teens can take a trip back in time with these historical fiction novels.  Perhaps it will lead to them to literary greats or maybe it will make historical people or events real for… Continue reading

Series Review: The Hero’s Guide

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Many fairy tales are girl-centered—even though it’s often the prince who saves the day. Think about it—we know all about Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel, but how many of their princes… Continue reading

A Few 2014 Debut Authors

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We all have those authors we’re watching and waiting, sometimes anxiously, for whatever they are going to publish next. I know I do. But sometimes I like to make it a point to… Continue reading

Review: Dreamer, Wisher, Liar

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Sometimes you need a little magic in your life. I mentioned earlier in the year that one of my reading goals for 2014 is to read more middle grade fiction. I set this… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Picture Books of 2013

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I love picture books and find that this list is the most difficult to make, and this year was no different.  Take a look at my favorites, and if I missed one of… Continue reading

MEMO Mini Preview

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Tomorrow the librarians at Mackin will be in St. Cloud, MN for the MEMO conference.  We will be talking about new books for school libraries in two presentations—one for elementary and another for… Continue reading

New Animal Characters in Picture Books

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I recently made a list of my favorite picture books, and I realized that most of the starring characters are animals.  Pooh and Piglet, of course, and a baby bird that couldn’t find… Continue reading

Character Ed & Picture Books

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Many picture books can be used to teach character education, and here are some recent books to teach having a positive attitude, courage, friendship, and self-esteem. Rain! by Linda Ashman, ill. by Christian… Continue reading