Tag Archive: poetry

Getting Ready for April is Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month, and it is just around the corner! I’ve found quite a few excellent poetry titles that have been published since last April, and picked out a few to… Continue reading

MEMO Mini Preview

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Tomorrow the librarians at Mackin will be in St. Cloud, MN for the MEMO conference.  We will be talking about new books for school libraries in two presentations—one for elementary and another for… Continue reading

Rainy Day Stories

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During the last week of school I joined my daughter’s preschool class on their Celebration Day field trip to a park a few blocks from the school.  The kids had only been playing… Continue reading

Teaching Your Favorite Novels in the Light of Common Core

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By now you’ve either read or heard about the December 7 Common Core article in the UK’s Telegraph, announcing that schools in the US were replacing J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye… Continue reading

National Poetry Month

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Take Two! A Celebration of Twins by Patrick J. Lewis & Jane Yolen. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2012. 9780763637026. Gr. PS-3. I have a niece and nephew who are twins, so when I… Continue reading

Book Review: Without Tess

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Without Tess by Marcella Pixley. October 2011.  9780374361747. Gr 7-9. Every Wednesday Lizzie Cohen sits in the high school guidance counselor’s office with her sister’s childhood journal in hand.  Lizzie’s sister Tess died… Continue reading

Looking for Science Poetry

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Poetry month is just around the corner. Where will you look for poetry in April? Sometimes poetry is just out your window.  What do you see out your window?  Maybe your garden or… Continue reading

Using Poetry Books as Writing Examples

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When I was in school—whether elementary or secondary—I did not like writing poetry.  The worst part was that I could never think of what to write about.  Not that there wasn’t anything to… Continue reading

Nature Picture Books

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I don’t know about you, but I wish I had more time to enjoy the beauty of nature. Last weekend while I was ice fishing, being in the great outdoors (or pop-up fish… Continue reading

Books about Books!

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Clearly, we here at Books in Bloom are book people.  Perhaps you are too.  If so, here are some books you won’t want to miss sharing with your students. Dinosaur vs. the Library… Continue reading