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How Do You Feel? Picture Books

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Feelings can be very confusing to young children, and some of the best ways to teach about them are with picture books. These new titles are fun for teaching lessons about emotions and… Continue reading

Use Your Imagination! Picture Books

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Little kids don’t need to be told to pretend.   My son Alex was five years old when Nathan was born, and despite the difference in their ages, they played very well together for… Continue reading

Funny Picture Book Read Alouds

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I’ve written several times about how I enjoyed reading aloud to my boys when they were little and to my daycare kids, and how they loved being read to.  These funny picture books… Continue reading

Tweaking Fairy Tales in Picture Books

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Kids will get a kick out of the twists to three familiar fairy tales in these new picture books. The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas by Tony Wilson (ill. by Sue… Continue reading

Series Review : Benny Imura

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I like reading books with monsters in them, and vampires had always been my monster of choice.  But when my older son Alex, then about 16, read The Zombie Survival Guide by Max… Continue reading

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

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Bullying is a hot topic in schools nowadays. I’m not just talking about students bullying other students.   Students bully teachers and other adults in authority—remember the YouTube video of the middle-schoolers in New… Continue reading

Author interview : David LaRochelle

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David LaRochelle is a full-time author and illustrator from Minnesota.  I met him for the first time when he volunteered in the Alphabet Forest at the Minnesota State Fair in 2011.  He was… Continue reading

It’s a bird; it’s a plane! No, It’s a Tiger!

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It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle (ill. by Jeremy Tankard). 9780811869256. 2012. Gr P-1. When my boys were little, any time I sat down, they would come running with a pile of books. … Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review : Drama

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Drama by Raina Telgemeier. 9780316094627. 2012. Gr 6-8. If you ever wonder what happens backstage at your school play, here it is.  Callie and her stage crew friends prepare for the Eucalyptus Middle… Continue reading

Series Review : Gallagher Girls

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James Bond.  Jason Bourne.  Alex Rider. Maxwell Smart.  What do all of these fictional characters have in common?  They are all spies.  They are all male.  And they are all very good at… Continue reading