A Dozen (or so) Great Picture Books, 2011

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I just spent another agonizing day of narrowing a list of great books down into a manageable, bloggable list.  This time I started with over 50 wonderful picture books, and I tried my… Continue reading

Tracey’s Top 10 (or so) Books of 2011

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One of my nieces not only loves to read, but she loves to TALK about reading. (Hi Stephanie!  I hope you like the books I sent!)  I visited my sister and her family… Continue reading

Lindsey’s Top 10* of 2011

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2011 has been a great year for Children’s and Young Adult Literature!!  It was painful to narrow down all the wonderful books I read down to my top ten for the year.  But… Continue reading

Mindy’s Top 10 of 2011

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Narrowing my favorite books down to just ten titles is a daunting task.  In an attempt to represent the wide variety of book I’ve read this year, I’ve broken my picks into categories.… Continue reading

Kristin’s Top Ten of 2011

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As 2011 draws to a close, I would like to share my favorite titles from this busy year! As per usual, the main problem of making my “Top Ten” list was trying to… Continue reading

Book Review: Dead End in Norvelt

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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. 2011. In this wacky mix of memoir and fiction, Jack Gantos—who is both the author and the protagonist—starts out by saying, “School was finally out and… Continue reading

Author Interview: Jessica Day George

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Today I’m excited to introduce Jessica Day George, one of my favorite authors!  I’ve mentioned before how I can’t resist a good fairytale story and Jessica writes some of the best! Jessica earned… Continue reading

Connecting Fiction to the Curriculum

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So much inspiration at this year’s AASL conference!  My last post expanded on a session I attended about character education and picture books.  This post I’d like to explore a statement I heard… Continue reading

Author Interview: Brenna Yovanoff

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I am so thrilled to introduce one of my favorite authors, Brenna Yovanoff! If you happen to recall, I reviewed her latest release The Space Between recently, which you can view here. Brenna… Continue reading

Wintery Picture Books

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Winter has never been one of my favorite seasons. Being a Minnesotan all my life, you think I would be used to our 50-below-zero temps and occasional snowstorms in March. Not so much!… Continue reading