School’s Out…Now What?

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So, we have all made it through another school year. Classroom learning may have stopped for our kids, but we should never stop learning, right? I believe that the outdoors are a great… Continue reading

Plight of Immigrants

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With war, persecution, and violence prevalent in many parts of the world, refugees are fleeing in record numbers trying to find a better life elsewhere.  Their assimilation into a world new to them… Continue reading

Summer + Water = Fun!

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As a youngster, my June-August months were spent at my grandparents’ lake cabin (pictured above) in the little north-MN town of Aitkin, MN.  While “the cabin” offered a variety of activities in which… Continue reading

Procedural Texts

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Phew! Our Classroom Services department has been B-U-S-Y these last few months!  It has been great to brainstorm with so many teachers, curriculum leaders, and librarians on how to find the best classroom… Continue reading

Tattoo Stories : Family History, Not Just for Photo Albums

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Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee. 9781452119373. 2016. Gr PK-2. Responding to his son’s curiosity, a father tells their family history through the stories behind each of his tattoos.   Tattoos… Continue reading

Review: Change Places With Me

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Rose wakes up one Sunday morning with a bright red light behind her eyes, an ache in her jaw, and feeling strangely happy and excited for change in her life. She tells her… Continue reading

Author Spotlight: Jason Reynolds

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You have to start somewhere.  Jason Reynolds, now an award winning novelist, started with a dream and a friend/collaborator. Before Jason Reynolds won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for… Continue reading

For the Birds

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Spring is here, and it has me thinking about birds. They wake me up in the morning with their songs, keep me company in my backyard, and even keep my cat entertained as… Continue reading

The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB Giveaway — Contest Closed

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Adam Shaughnessy combines myth and mystery to great effect  in his fantastic middle grade novel The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB. This is a book to share with young readers who… Continue reading

The Joy of Middle Grade: A Guest Post by Adam Shaughnessy

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Love middle grade fiction? This post is for you! Not sure about middle grade fiction? This post is for you too! Adam Shaughnessy’s enthusiasm for middle grade fiction is contagious, and we hope… Continue reading