Tag Archive: Penguin

Middle & High School Horror : Read with the Lights On!

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In my last post, I offered suggestions for scary books for middle schoolers. You can see that it’s been a good year for horror because I have even more super scary books to… 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

Exploring Magical Realism with Moira Fowley-Doyle – Guest Post

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The Books in Bloom team is excited to launch a new series of guest posts in which we invite authors and illustrators to tell us about their work.  We are kicking things off… Continue reading

Talking about Peace

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“What is one thing you can do to be a peacemaker?” This question is posed in Keeping the Peace: The Kids’ Book of Peacemaking, which you may remember from my last post. I… Continue reading

Raising Chickens : Urban Farming for the Intermediate Grades

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The term “urban farming” usually brings up visions of gardens, especially vegetable gardens, in backyards and containers and even on rooftops. Chickens might not seem a good topic for an article on urban… Continue reading

Back to School Angst

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Do you remember your very first day of school? The bus forgot to pick me up on my first day of kindergarten in the Baldwin-Woodville school district, and my mom had to drive… Continue reading

Teens Who Inspire

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There are plenty of stories in local and national news about children and teens getting in trouble, flunking out of school, and not being good role models. But here I am going to… Continue reading

Review: The Wrath & The Dawn

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The Wrath & The Dawn is a retelling of Arabian Nights told within a fantasy world. Khorsan is ruled by an eighteen year old king or caliph, Khalid who takes a new bride… Continue reading

Little Critters Are Beautiful! (Well, Most of Them.)

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Little critters are fascinating…and beautiful, too.  Yes, they are!  When I first saw the mosaics of the wonderful artist Christopher Marley, I thought that he had painted his bugs before arranging them.  Real… Continue reading