Historical Fiction for Elementary School

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Historical fiction is a great way for kids to get a glimpse of the past if they don’t like reading non-fiction. Historical fiction allows readers to immerse themselves in the past, to feel… Continue reading

Books about Books!

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Clearly, we here at Books in Bloom are book people.  Perhaps you are too.  If so, here are some books you won’t want to miss sharing with your students. Dinosaur vs. the Library… Continue reading

Book Review: Shatter Me

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. 2011. “You can’t touch me,” I whisper. I’m lying, is what I don’t tell him. He can touch me, is what I’ll never tell him. But things happen… Continue reading

Book Review: Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles)

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Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles: 1) by John A. Flanagan. 2011. Reminiscent in time and place of the Vikings, Outcasts is the first book in the new Brotherband Chronicles, which is a companion series to… Continue reading

Mock ALA Awards – Lindsey’s Picks

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When Kristin first suggested selecting our own nominees for the ALA awards, I was excited. But then came the agony of narrowing down all the wonderful and fantastic books that came out this… Continue reading

Mindy’s Caldecott, Schneider, & Stonewall Award Picks

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My brain is still in picture-book mode from choosing the picture book titles for our Booktalk Now! Spring Webcast, so I must say I am really looking forward to the Caldecott picks this… Continue reading

ALA Mock Youth Media Awards – Kristin’s Picks

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If you are anything like us, you are eagerly anticipating the ALA Youth Media Awards on January 23rd. It’s like the Oscars for librarians, and the Collection Development department at Mackin has definitely… Continue reading

Promising Fantasy Blooms—and a Contest Winner!

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Bitterblue (Graceling : 3) by Kristin Cashore. May 1, 2012. Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles : 2) by Melina Marchetta.  March 2012. For this fantasy lover, two great fantasy series have additions… Continue reading

Author Interview: Pat Schmatz

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Today I have the pleasure of sharing another author interview with you all!  I recently discovered Pat Schmatz and loved her book Bluefish (check out my review from yesterday). Pat grew up in… Continue reading

Book Review: Bluefish

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Bluefish by Pat Schmatz.  2011.  (ARC copy) Bluefish starts on Travis’ first day of school in a new town. He misses his old house and especially his dog Roscoe, who ran away before… Continue reading