Tag Archive: Penguin

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

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