Tag Archive: Simon & Schuster

A Dozen (or so) Great Picture Books, 2011

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I just spent another agonizing day of narrowing a list of great books down into a manageable, bloggable list.  This time I started with over 50 wonderful picture books, and I tried my… Continue reading

Mindy’s Top 10 of 2011

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Narrowing my favorite books down to just ten titles is a daunting task.  In an attempt to represent the wide variety of book I’ve read this year, I’ve broken my picks into categories.… Continue reading

Kristin’s Top Ten of 2011

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As 2011 draws to a close, I would like to share my favorite titles from this busy year! As per usual, the main problem of making my “Top Ten” list was trying to… Continue reading

Connecting Fiction to the Curriculum

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So much inspiration at this year’s AASL conference!  My last post expanded on a session I attended about character education and picture books.  This post I’d like to explore a statement I heard… Continue reading

Wintery Picture Books

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Winter has never been one of my favorite seasons. Being a Minnesotan all my life, you think I would be used to our 50-below-zero temps and occasional snowstorms in March. Not so much!… Continue reading

Preschool Picks

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As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I have a preschool-age daughter.  She loves books, so my reading choices have gone from mostly teen fiction to mostly picture books.  It’s quite the change… Continue reading

Beyond Inexcusable

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Chris Lynch raised some important and provocative questions in his 2005 novel Inexcusable, in which a high school senior is accused of date rape.  This book certainly wasn’t the first time that rape… Continue reading

Books for the Birds

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Not so much for the birds, I suppose, as about them.  These books aren’t just for bird-lovers.  Give them a chance even if you wouldn’t know a meadowlark from and oriole.  I think… Continue reading

Exploring Addiction and Recovery in Teen Fiction

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There are many books, both fiction and nonfiction, about the dangers of drug abuse for teens, but there are decidedly fewer about quitting drugs.  Since September, National Recovery Month, is just around the… Continue reading

Fantastical Fiction for Intermediate Students

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Author Paul Sweeney once said, “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” That is exactly how… Continue reading