Author Archive

Mindy’s Middle Grade Favorites

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As I mentioned at the beginning of the year, my goal for 2014 was to read more middle grade fiction. I’m happy to say that I read several excellent middle grade novels this… Continue reading

New Novels in Verse for Teens

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Looking at realistic fiction published for teens and tweens in 2014, it seems like the year of verse. Some people love novels in verse, and some people hate them. Wherever you fall on… Continue reading

Read-alouds for your littlest listeners

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Are you looking for a picture book read-aloud for a group of little listeners? Try one of these great titles in your next storytime! Green is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Thong puts… Continue reading

Looking Closely…

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Some of my favorite picture books are the ones that make you look very closely at the illustrations to tell the full story. There are some great examples of that this year, and… Continue reading

Review: And Two Boys Booed

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And Two Boys Booed by Judith Viorst and Sophie Blackall (ill.) 9780374303020. September 2014. Gr. K-2 Since we are about to give our big Booktalk Live! presentation at the ITEM (formerly MEMO) conference… 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

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

Review: Bugged: How Insects Changed History

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“Nearly everyone has a strong opinion about insects. But whether you love them or loathe them, they are impossible to avoid. For every pound of us, there are three hundred pounds of insects.”… Continue reading

Promising Bloom: The Princess in Black

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The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale; illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 9780763665104. October 2014. Gr. K-3 What a week! We don’t post Promising Blooms very often since we like to… Continue reading

A Not-So-Different World

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Last week, Tracey shared some great speculative fiction titles that take readers into completely new worlds, and she shared her childhood love for such magical worlds.  For readers, like myself, who prefer contemporary… Continue reading