Author Archive

Review-Tetris: The Games People Play

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Tetris: The Games People Play by Box Brown. 9781626723153. 2016. Gr 9-12. Tetris, on its surface, is a very simple game. Blocks made up of four cubes are rotated and stacked to fit… Continue reading

Imagination in Picture Books

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  Imagination is such a great skill for kids to practice. When kids are imagining themselves as different people, in different situations, or anything else, this is not just frivolous play. It is… Continue reading

3 Great New High-Interest Science Books

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Science (at least to me) is decidedly NOT boring. But, I understand it when a student says they don’t like science, as it can be intimidating, with big words, classifications, and concepts. A… Continue reading

Review: You Will Know Me

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You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott. 9780316231077. 2016. Gr 11-Adult. If you had Olympic fever like I did, chances are you spent some time watching sports drama unfold in Rio this summer.… Continue reading

Lesser-Known Stories of 9/11

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Next month, we will once again mark the somber anniversary of the terror attacks of 9/11. By now, a lot of the stories surrounding that day have been told. However, a couple of… Continue reading

School’s Out…Now What?

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So, we have all made it through another school year. Classroom learning may have stopped for our kids, but we should never stop learning, right? I believe that the outdoors are a great… Continue reading

For the Birds

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Spring is here, and it has me thinking about birds. They wake me up in the morning with their songs, keep me company in my backyard, and even keep my cat entertained as… Continue reading

Review: The Nameless City

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Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks. 9781626721562. 2016. Gr. 4-7. Nameless City is the first book in a new trilogy by acclaimed graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks. The core of the story revolves… Continue reading

Absurd is the Word

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For me, there is nothing quite like reading a really funny picture book to a child, or better yet, group of children. Humor may bring the more reticent kids out of their shell,… Continue reading

Review: Pax

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Pax by Sara Pennypacker. 9780062377012. 2016. Gr 4-7. Lately, I have had a string of books I have started reading, but that have failed to “grab me” right away. I am one of… Continue reading