Author Archive

Sneak Peeks at Upcoming Upper ES/MS Fiction

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One of my favorite things about my job here at Mackin is receiving advance reader copies (ARCs) from our publishers. In fact, the last cart of books brought to my desk contains ARCS… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite 2016 Nonfiction

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I love nonfiction! And 2016 has seen so many wonderful nonfiction titles for young readers. Here are some of my favorites—and though my nonfiction TBR list is quite lengthy, I’m always looking for… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite 2016 Fiction

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So many books, so little space in a blog post! These are my favorite fiction titles from 2016, which makes this a highly personal list. I like to read books in almost every… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite 2016 Picture Books

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Every year is the same: I gush about how many excellent picture books were published during the year and complain how difficult it is to choose my favorite ten or twelve or baker’s… Continue reading

Steve Sheinkin and Jim Thorpe Defeat a Non-Sports Reader

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When people find out I’m a librarian or that I work at Mackin, one of their first questions is often “What book would my kids like?” Now, I like to read almost everything,… Continue reading

Graphic Novel Adventures for Elementary Grades

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I loved reading comic books as a child, and I enjoy graphic novels now, but I usually don’t have the time to read all the novels and nonfiction that I want to, much… Continue reading

Fascinating STEM Books for Middle School/Junior High

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Ever since I was in elementary school, I’ve enjoyed reading about science, especially the life science areas of animals, human anatomy, and diseases. I still enjoy reading adult popular science (some of my… Continue reading

Picture Book Biographies

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As a child, I loved biographies. I especially remember that my very small school had a series of chapter book biographies with orange covers, and I read them all. They were great tales… Continue reading

Here Comes Autumn!

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I can’t wait for summer to be over.  Not because I’m eager for my kids to go back to school—they are both in their 20s and don’t live at home any longer.  I… Continue reading

Early Chapter Book Series for Beginning Readers

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I was determined that I was never going to learn to read. My dad always read to us, every night without fail. We didn’t have a lot of books in our house, but… Continue reading