Tag Archive: Friendship

The Season of Love: Appreciating Our Families, Our Communities, Our Selves

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Every holiday seems to have a feeling attached to it. We feel gratitude on Thanksgiving Day, sorrow on Memorial Day, and pride for our military on Veterans Day. St. Patrick’s Day is for… Continue reading

Talk Like An Animal

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When animals talk in an easy picture book, they often do so to teach us human values or lessons in proper behavior.  Such is the case with the picture books listed below, all… Continue reading

Picture Books : Saying Good-bye to Friends

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My boys have been fortunate to have lived their entire childhood in the same house—gone to the same schools, had the same pediatrician. At 25 and 20 years old, they have had many… Continue reading

Review: Dreamer, Wisher, Liar

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Sometimes you need a little magic in your life. I mentioned earlier in the year that one of my reading goals for 2014 is to read more middle grade fiction. I set this… Continue reading

Review: The Universe Versus Alex Woods

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The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. 9780316246576. June 2013. Gr 9-Adult. Alex Woods is a unique and eminently interesting protagonist.  Yes, he deals with many of the same issues other teens… Continue reading

Review: The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

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The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand. August 2012. 9781442442917. Gr. 5-8. Before I worked here in the Collection Analysis department at Mackin, I worked in an elementary school library. … Continue reading

Book Review: Moo Hoo

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Moo Hoo by Candace Ryan and Mike Lowery (ill.). April 2012. 9780802723376. Gr. PS-K Last fall, I posted How to Make Friends, which featured advice from a few picture books for little kids… Continue reading

Book Review: Liar & Spy

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Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead. August 2012. 9780385737432. Gr 4-7. I love children’s literature authors who don’t feel the need to “dumb down” things for kids.  They are able to weave a… Continue reading

How to Make Friends

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It isn’t easy to make friends sometimes.  Maybe you’re small, or loud, or just new.  Where do you start?  How do you meet other kids?  These books might be the how-to some kids… Continue reading

Unlikely Animal Friendships

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The key with books about animal friendships is to entice the reader with captivating photographs as well as a meaningful story–which is what each of these books does so well. All of these… Continue reading