Author Archive

Stand-out Series Nonfiction

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The educational publishing world can be overwhelming. There are so many series nonfiction titles published every year for the school market than it can be daunting to think of wading through them to… Continue reading

Engaging Your Struggling Readers

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Here in the Collection Development department at Mackin, we get a lot of requests from librarians for high interest/low reading level fiction for their struggling readers. We often find ourselves pointing these librarians… Continue reading

Author Spotlight: Matt de la Peña

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“Something I can’t ignore: Tomorrow’s #teenlitcon in Minn will be 95% white. The juvenile detention centers I just visited were 95% brown.” Matt de la Peña tweeted the above in advance of the… Continue reading

Just be yourself

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Just be yourself. We all have probably offered that bit of advice to the young people in our lives at some point. I know I have said it to my daughter. But sometimes… Continue reading

Author Spotlight: Joyce Sidman

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This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the Association of Writers & Writer’s Programs 2015 Conference where I was able to hear many different writers speak about their work. One of… Continue reading

Just for Fun…

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We get a lot of requests from librarians looking for high interest books that their students will love. I shared a few “just for fun” titles back in 2013, and it seemed like… Continue reading

Review: Echo

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Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. March 2015. 9780439874021. Gr. 5-8 I was not sure what to expect when I started reading Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. I didn’t know anything about the book… Continue reading

Review: Pointe

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Theo Cartwright is a dancer. She lives for ballet, and she is a star pupil in her dance classes. She has a strong chance for a future in dance. If she can stay… Continue reading

A Place to Call Home

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It occurred to me recently that some of my favorite children’s books are the ones that explore the idea of home and finding a sense of belonging. I think it’s because I moved… Continue reading

Let’s Talk Caldecott

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It’s always fun to speculate, and this year there are some great contenders. As we start counting down the days until the big announcement, I have to admit, I have Caldecott on the… Continue reading