Author Archive

Books of Few Words

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For those of you curious about what librarians at Mackin do all day, wonder no more! In this post I’ll give you a behind the scenes look and share a few books related… Continue reading

Reading summer

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By now many Books in Bloom readers and their students are probably on summer vacation. Maybe you’ve looked forward to your summer break for the opportunity to relax and catch up on your… Continue reading

Review: The Scraps Book

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The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert. 9781442435711. March 2014. Gr. 1-4 I’ve already confessed my particular affinity for memoirs, and what could be better than a memoir that… Continue reading

Author Spotlight: Nancy Carlson

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Last week at this time I was sitting on the floor with a group of kindergarteners, including my daughter, listening to Nancy Carlson talk about her books. She was visiting to share First… 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

Review: Shackleton’s Journey

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  Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill.  9781909263109. 2014. Gr. K-4 When I look out my window, I see snow and ice.  I can almost feel the sub-zero temperatures that we’ve had here in… Continue reading

3 New Middle Grade Novels

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My reading goal for 2014 is to read more middle grade books.  I kicked off the year with three books that fall right in line with that goal, and I’m happy to report… Continue reading

Book Review: Once Upon a Memory

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Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden and Renata Liwska (ill.) December 2013. 9780316208161. Gr. Ps-2 I made my 2013 Top Ten list in the middle of December, and I posted it with… Continue reading

Mindy’s 2013 Top Ten

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This is the most difficult post I’ll write for Books in Bloom all year.  How do I narrow down the list of books I’ve loved this year to just a top ten?!  Last… Continue reading