Category Archive: Primary (K-2)

Realistic Children’s Fiction: Loss and Grief, Death and Dying

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Grief and loss is a topic that is difficult to talk about with children. How do you explain death and dying to your young child?  This is a contemporary problem that is relevant… Continue reading

Tracey’s 2018 Favorite Fiction

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2018 has been a busy reading year. My Goodreads goal was 200 books (not counting picture books), and I had already met that by the end of August! It was quite difficult to… Continue reading

Tracey’s 2018 Favorite Nonfiction

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One of my t-shirts declares: “I read too many books to believe what I am told.” I bought it because I thought it was funny, but in all seriousness, I love learning about… Continue reading

The Season of Love: Appreciating Our Families, Our Communities, Our Selves

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Every holiday seems to have a feeling attached to it. We feel gratitude on Thanksgiving Day, sorrow on Memorial Day, and pride for our military on Veterans Day. St. Patrick’s Day is for… Continue reading

It was a Book before it was a Movie

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Books allow us to go beyond the movie, to dig deeper with more details shared by the author. They also give readers more opportunities to use their imaginations.

WARNING! You May Die of Dysentery

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          As a child of the 90’s, I cannot help but feel nostalgic when coming across The Oregon Trail: Choose your Own Trail series by Jesse Wiley. This series is… Continue reading

Immigrants and Refugees

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With the issues of immigrants and refugees in the news so much lately, young readers have lots of questions about what is happening in our communities, our country, and our world. Here are… Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Frankenstein!

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In 2018, we’re celebrating the 200th anniversary of the original publication of Frankenstein! Even though this book is two centuries old, it’s not hard to imagine it as being written in our contemporary… Continue reading

Telling Stories with No Words (or just a few words)

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“I love big books and I cannot lie.” This quote can be found on t-shirts, mugs, bags, and bumper stickers, and it is so true for me. When I search for books at… Continue reading

Posters, Marches, and Change: Letting young voices be heard

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Since the 1960s, protesters have used their rights to speak freely and to assemble, guaranteed by the First Amendment, by marching in Washington, D.C. and across the country. Of the five largest protests… Continue reading