Preschool Picks

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As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I have a preschool-age daughter.  She loves books, so my reading choices have gone from mostly teen fiction to mostly picture books.  It’s quite the change… Continue reading

Book Review: The Absolute Value of Mike

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The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine. 2011. Mike’s dad is a brilliant mathematician, but he has trouble doing the ordinary things—like making meals, paying bills, and finding his car keys.  Mike… Continue reading

Stomp Out Bullying

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“Stomp Out Bullying” is a campaign whose initiative is to stop bullying and cyber-bullying. I first heard about this on author Heather Brewer’s blog, and I thought the idea was worthy of a… Continue reading

New Multicultural Picture Books

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Growing up in a semi-rural city in central Wisconsin, the extent of my multicultural education didn’t extend far beyond selling skull lollipops for the Day of the Dead celebration in my Spanish class.  Likewise,… Continue reading

Beyond Inexcusable

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Chris Lynch raised some important and provocative questions in his 2005 novel Inexcusable, in which a high school senior is accused of date rape.  This book certainly wasn’t the first time that rape… Continue reading

Book Review : Wonderstruck

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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. 2011. (advance copy) So much has already been written and said about Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck that I hardly know what I can add to it.  The story is sweetly… Continue reading

Back to School

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I hope Books in Bloom readers are settling into the new school year nicely.  Here in our office, the new school year means we are busy with collection development requests from schools across… Continue reading

Series Review: The Maze Runner Trilogy

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I don’t know about you, but I think one of the worst feelings in the world is finishing an incredible book, and then realizing you have to wait an entire year for the… Continue reading

Books for the Birds

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Not so much for the birds, I suppose, as about them.  These books aren’t just for bird-lovers.  Give them a chance even if you wouldn’t know a meadowlark from and oriole.  I think… Continue reading

National Dog Week

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My dog Daise is my most needy fur-child. My other fur-children are cats (Sadie and Sophie), and they are much more independent than their Labrador sister. I enjoy taking Daise to doggy day-care… Continue reading