Tag Archive: Harper Collins

Video Gaming in Fiction

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I have enjoyed playing video games since I was elementary school playing Spyro the Dragon video games on a first generation PlayStation and playing Mario Kart on the Nintendo 64. In college I… Continue reading

Lights, Camera, Action!

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Whether I was watching The Wizard of Oz or Saturday morning cartoons as a child, or marveling at films like Interstellar and TV mysteries like LOST more recently, I’ve always been a fan… Continue reading

The Greatest

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  Yesterday, Muhammad Ali turned 74 years old.  Known simply as “The Greatest”, Ali transcended boxing to become an important social, cultural, political, and religious figure over the past 50 years. Growing up… Continue reading

Anna’s Favorites of 2015

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I have compiled a list of my favorite reads of 2015. My main genre that I normally read is fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal, so I surprised myself this past year by having… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Fiction of 2015

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Selecting my favorite fiction titles is slightly easier than choosing my favorite picture books—but only because picture books are shorter and I can read more of them. I read a lot. Staying abreast… Continue reading

Science Fiction and Dystopias for MS and HS

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Speculative fiction is a fairly new term that encompasses several genres that have one thing in common: their settings are not real. Not just unfamiliar, but really unreal. They take place on other… Continue reading

Fairy Tales and Fantasies : Original and Retold

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I honestly will read—and enjoy—almost anything, but fantasies have been my favorite since I first read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in fifth grade. Here are some of my favorite 2015… Continue reading

Exploring Social Skills in Early Childhood

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Since summer tends to be a fairly quiet time in the office here at Mackin, we try to use that time to focus on professional development opportunities. One of the opportunities I took… Continue reading

ITEM 2015: Historical Fiction & Graphic Novels

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Four days from now, at the ITEM Conference in St. Cloud, MN, a number of our Mackin Librarians will present top titles for school libraries across multiple interest levels and genres.  My two… Continue reading

We have a new baby! Hurray?

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Adding a new baby to the family is a wonderful experience…unless, of course, you are the older brother or sister. This picture was snapped at the moment that my older son Alex met… Continue reading