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New Elementary Science and Math Titles

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Though I didn’t always like science classes when I was in school, I’ve always loved science books—maybe because I don’t get tested on them any longer? I devoured books on human anatomy, medicine,… Continue reading

The Weaker Sex? Not These Women!

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A couple weeks ago Leslie posted an article on women’s struggle to gain their rights, especially the right to vote—a struggle that it is important for us to remember at least once a… Continue reading

Novels in Verse for Poetry Month

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National Poetry Month is coming up fast. I never used to appreciate poetry. I blame it on the fact that very little poetry was in the curriculum at school—and that includes all the… Continue reading

All Dogs Go to Heaven

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I am a dog person (check out my other doggy posts here and here). No apologies, no regrets—well, except maybe for the “lived-on” look of my couch. And while I love the look… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Fiction of 2015

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Selecting my favorite fiction titles is slightly easier than choosing my favorite picture books—but only because picture books are shorter and I can read more of them. I read a lot. Staying abreast… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Nonfiction of 2015

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I love nonfiction! And there have been so many wonderful nonfiction titles for young readers this year. Here are some of my favorites—and though my nonfiction TBR list is quite lengthy, I’m always… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Picture Books of 2015

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I love picture books! I loved to read them aloud when I was a primary teacher, a mother, and a daycare mom. Each year so many excellent ones are published, and it is… Continue reading

2016 Caldecott Award Hopefuls

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The Youth Media awards are early this year, and I’m just not ready! Last year I used all of January 2015 to read books that were on mock award lists. This year the… Continue reading

Science Fiction and Dystopias for MS and HS

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Speculative fiction is a fairly new term that encompasses several genres that have one thing in common: their settings are not real. Not just unfamiliar, but really unreal. They take place on other… Continue reading

Fairy Tales and Fantasies : Original and Retold

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I honestly will read—and enjoy—almost anything, but fantasies have been my favorite since I first read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in fifth grade. Here are some of my favorite 2015… Continue reading