Category Archive: Humor

Make ’em Laugh with Elementary Fiction

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I’ll admit, sometimes I get fatigued reading serious, realistic fiction in my free time. It’s just nice picking up a book you know is going to make you smile and will be a… Continue reading

Book Review: In Other Lands

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Elliot Schafer was 13 when his French teacher took a handful of students on a field trip to an actual field.  Not very exciting, but in that field was a wall that none… Continue reading

Transition to Middle School

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As we enter into August it’s time at our house to remind our kids that summer does not last forever and sooner or later that big yellow bus will be back to pick… Continue reading

Series Review: Hamster Princess

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Harriet Hamsterbone is no ordinary princess. The cover of the books in Ursula Vernon’s new series may be glittery pink and purple, but the heroine of the series, Princess Harriet, is hardly the… Continue reading

July 13: National Embrace Your Geekness Day

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Did you know that there is a national holiday devoted to helping us accept our inner nerd?  July 13 is national “Embrace your Geekness Day”.  I’m convinced that everyone has a side of… Continue reading

Odyssey Awards part 1

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One of the good things (are there any others?) about an hour commute each day is I get to listen to a lot of audiobooks. I generally prefer adult books, but I recently… Continue reading

Review: Return to Augie Hobble

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Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith. 9781626720541. May 2015. Gr. 4-6.   You probably know Lane Smith as a collaborator and illustrator extraordinaire of such great titles as It’s a Book, The… Continue reading

Just for Fun…

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We get a lot of requests from librarians looking for high interest books that their students will love. I shared a few “just for fun” titles back in 2013, and it seemed like… Continue reading

Series Review: The Hero’s Guide

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Many fairy tales are girl-centered—even though it’s often the prince who saves the day. Think about it—we know all about Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel, but how many of their princes… Continue reading

Epistolary novels

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During one of our “what are you reading” conversions here at work, I commented that the last three books I read were all written in varying degrees as correspondences between characters.  Coworker Ryan… Continue reading