Tag Archive: Chronicle Books

Get Up and Dance!

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It’s been over two years since I started out the Mackin Books in Bloom blog with a post about ballet picture books, called “Dance, Dance, Dance!”  Here are some more recent picture books… Continue reading

Books About Kindness

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With Valentine’s Day being today and this week being Random Acts of Kindness Week, it’s a good time to think about love, friendship, and empathy. Here are some kindness ideas (see the RAK… Continue reading

Tracey’s Dozen (or so) Favorite 2012 Picture Books

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First of all, a very merry Christmas greeting from the bloggers at Mackin Books in Bloom.  We hope that you are enjoying the holiday season with your friends and family! I thought about… Continue reading

It’s a bird; it’s a plane! No, It’s a Tiger!

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It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle (ill. by Jeremy Tankard). 9780811869256. 2012. Gr P-1. When my boys were little, any time I sat down, they would come running with a pile of books. … Continue reading

Review: The Templeton Twins Have An Idea

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The Templeton Twins Have An Idea by Ellis Weiner. August 2012. 9780811866798. Gr 5-7. How would the Templeton twins’ lives have been different had they never been born? What were the names of… Continue reading

What’s your point of view?

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The Publisher’s Weekly review of Kelly Milner Halls’ short story collection Girl Meets Boy: Because There are Two Sides to Every Story says “. . . it’s impossible to know everything someone is… Continue reading

Graphic Novels for Middle School and High School

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Is your graphic novel collection in dire need of some new titles? It’s your lucky day! Tweens and teens will love reading about Greek mythology, dragons, cowhands, rebels, and vampires. Check out the… Continue reading

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

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

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