Tag Archive: Simon & Schuster

What It Means to Be a Hero

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Anyone of us might be a hero.  The students in your schools might change the world one day, and it may begin with a book.  In Giant Steps to Change the World, Spike Lee… Continue reading

Read-alouds for Your Littlest Listeners

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In Reading Magic Mem Fox advises parents to “Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.” With this quote in mind, I set out to find some happy picture… Continue reading

Elementary Books for Boys

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This statistic provided by GuysRead.com was what initially motivated me to post about books for boys:  “The U.S. Department of Education reading tests for the last 30 years show boys scoring worse than… Continue reading

National Pet Week

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Being the huge animal-lover that I am, I wanted to make sure that National Pet Week (2nd week in May) is recognized as a very important week! Pets come in many shapes and… Continue reading

The Immigrant Experience in Fiction

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People come to this country for many different reasons, and they face different challenges once they get here. In the Sydney Taylor Honor book Life, After, Dani lives with her family in Argentina… Continue reading

Book Review: Ten Miles Past Normal

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Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell.  2011. It’s hard to be normal when you have to milk goats every morning before school. Or when your mom is a quasi-celebrity who blogs… Continue reading

Book Review: Beyonders: A World Without Heroes

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Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull.  March 2011. (advance copy) Jason Walker is your average 13-year-old boy. He loves baseball and working at his job in the zoo. His passion for… Continue reading

Book Review: Wither

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Wither (Chemical Garden Trilogy : 1) by Lauren DeStefano. 2011. Imagine a world completely changed from what we comprehend at the present. World War III has obliterated every continent except North America. An… Continue reading

Dance, Dance, Dance!

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A troupe of picture books about ballerinas has recently danced their way onto my desk…and except for the fact that several of them are pink (VERY pink—but more about that later), I have… Continue reading