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Review: Run

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Run by Kody Keplinger. 9780545831130. June 2016. Gr. 9-12 Bo and Agnes are very different. They are hardly the girls you might expect to be friends. Bo has a wild reputation, and Agnes… Continue reading

Review: Ada’s Violin

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“The world sends us garbage. We sent back music.” – Favio Chavez The Recycled Orchestra began as a small music class for kids in Cateura, a small Paraguayan town built on a landfill… Continue reading

Series Review: Hamster Princess

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Harriet Hamsterbone is no ordinary princess. The cover of the books in Ursula Vernon’s new series may be glittery pink and purple, but the heroine of the series, Princess Harriet, is hardly the… Continue reading

Series Review: Bear & Hare

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Meet Bear and Hare, the two friends at the heart of Emily Gravett’s delightful new picture book series. Fans of Gravett’s clever stories and deliberate pacing will appreciate these simple stories. The first… Continue reading

Review: The Pirate Pig

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If you have been reading my posts on Books in Bloom for a while, you have read about my daughter as a pre-schooler and as a kindergartener. Well, she is now a second… Continue reading

More Picture Books to Make You Look Closely

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Once again I can’t help but be charmed by picture books that make readers look closely at the illustrations to get the full story. Last fall I shared Sam and Dave Dig a… Continue reading

Review: Goodbye Stranger

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Goodbye Stranger is about 7th grade, and those of you who work with middle school students are probably well aware of the challenges kids that age are facing, and this book covers several… Continue reading

Art & Critical Thinking in the Classroom

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As I promised in my post last month, here is another post inspired by an EdWeb webinar I viewed over the summer. This webinar, Art Builds Critical Thinking, was based on the book… Continue reading

Exploring Social Skills in Early Childhood

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Since summer tends to be a fairly quiet time in the office here at Mackin, we try to use that time to focus on professional development opportunities. One of the opportunities I took… Continue reading

Talking about Peace

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“What is one thing you can do to be a peacemaker?” This question is posed in Keeping the Peace: The Kids’ Book of Peacemaking, which you may remember from my last post. I… Continue reading