Alphabet Picture Books

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When my younger son, Nathan, was 3, I realized that not all alphabet books were alike.  While browsing in the library, we found The Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin.  The great thing about… Continue reading

U.S. History in Picture Books!

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As you can probably tell by now, I love history.  And I love when history comes alive in books and stories.  So when I find good picture books that focus on history, I… Continue reading

New Teen Romances

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One of my first posts on this blog last year was Stand-out Teen Romances, and I thought I’d reprise the post with a few new titles for those who want to spend Valentine’s… Continue reading

Language Arts Fun

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Call me a grammar geek or a word nerd if you will.  I have to admit it: I really enjoy browsing in the 400s.  Here are a few  titles I think you might… Continue reading

February is Black History Month

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“Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, / I am the dream and hope of the slave. / I rise. / I rise. / I rise.” ~ Maya Angelou, Still I Rise. Whenever… Continue reading

Book Review: Billions of Years, Amazing Changes : The Story of Evolution

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Billions of Years, Amazing Changes : The Story of Evolution by Laurence Pringle (ill. by Steve Jenkins). 2011. In Billions of Years, Amazing Changes : The Story of Evolution, Laurence Pringle, an award-winning… Continue reading

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