Author Archive

Exploring Addiction and Recovery in Teen Fiction

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There are many books, both fiction and nonfiction, about the dangers of drug abuse for teens, but there are decidedly fewer about quitting drugs.  Since September, National Recovery Month, is just around the… Continue reading

Book Review: The Abandoned Lighthouse

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The Abandoned Lighthouse by Albert Lamb and David McPhail (illustrator). 2011. This book may be named for the lighthouse, but it is the rowboat that will pique readers’ curiosity. A bear finds a… Continue reading

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

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As the first day of school approaches, parents and preschool teachers are getting their soon-to-be kindergarteners ready.  They may be reviewing skills, visiting the new school, and talking about the upcoming changes.  Kindergarten… Continue reading

Asking Questions

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Engage kids’ natural curiosity with these books that tackle questions from various perspectives. For your littlest listeners, Eve Bunting’s latest picture book, Tweak Tweak, is a gentle look at the animal world through… Continue reading

A Bit of Magic

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Sometimes what a story needs is just a little bit of magic to give things a push in the right direction. These stories are all set in a world that looks a lot… Continue reading

Bringing the Arts Alive

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I think science is fascinating, but, to be honest, my heart is in the arts.  I live for poetry and music, and perhaps some of your students feel the same.  Or maybe they… Continue reading

What It Means to Be a Hero

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Anyone of us might be a hero.  The students in your schools might change the world one day, and it may begin with a book.  In Giant Steps to Change the World, Spike Lee… Continue reading

Read-alouds for Your Littlest Listeners

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In Reading Magic Mem Fox advises parents to “Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.” With this quote in mind, I set out to find some happy picture… Continue reading

Kidnapped

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I must confess that I haven’t read the Robert Louis Stevenson classic from which I lifted the title of this post, but I have read several teen novels recently that have to do… Continue reading

Book Review: To Timbuktu

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To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story. Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg (illustrator). 2011. Casey and Steven have three plans for their post-college life: Be together. Be creative. Be somewhere else.… Continue reading