Tag Archive: Clarion

How Great Books Can Foster Students’ Voices

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Many students across the county have recently demonstrated to the world that teenagers have the power to use their intelligence, passion, and voice to bring attention to issues important to them and to… Continue reading

Story In Verse: Poetic Form & Fiction

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Narrative Poet, Teller of tales within verse. A heartbeat’s snapshot. With National Poetry Month just around the corner, reading and writing poetry has been on my mind lately. Humans have been telling stories in… Continue reading

City Life in Picture Books

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I love city life. There is always so much going on. It seems at any hour of the day or night, you can find something interesting happening in the city. First thing in… Continue reading

Grandparents Day

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Happy International Literacy Day!  Lately, during our department meetings we’ve been listing off the various celebratory designations for each day of the upcoming week. Some causes with a special day are unusual or… Continue reading

2014 U.S. History Hits for the Middle Grades—So Far…

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I’m a history buff, so whenever interesting new titles come across my desk, I’m happily carried away to another place and time for a bit, immersing myself in another era. While I’m often… Continue reading

New Animal Characters in Picture Books

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I recently made a list of my favorite picture books, and I realized that most of the starring characters are animals.  Pooh and Piglet, of course, and a baby bird that couldn’t find… Continue reading

GIRL SCOUTS: Happy 100th Birthday!

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In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low was inspired to found an organization for girls modeled on the Boy Scouts of America, which began in 1910 (both groups trace their origins to Lord Baden Powell’s… 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