Literary Halloween Costumes

It's almost Halloween and that means it's almost time to dress up as something you've always wanted to be or wish you could be. I love coming up with creative costumes and this year thought it would be fun to try my hand at making some literary costume ideas! I picked some of the more... Continue Reading →

Vote for the Young Adult books.

Entertainment Weekly is hosting a bracket game to choose the best Young Adult Novel of all time. I love games like this. I just voted in round one and found it kind of exciting. Some of the books I haven't read and found myself voting based on the ones I have read. Either way it's... Continue Reading →

Hello! Hello!

Do you ever feel like you aren't being heard? That everyone has their nose stuck in technology and no one is paying attention? Maybe even you are stuck, fingers glued to the keyboard, eyes on the screen, the world passing you by. Just imagine what is out there. The types of adventures you are missing.... Continue Reading →

Boy + Bot

Ame Dyckman's story of a boy and a robot who meet in the woods is timeless and familiar. Perhaps it isn't that different from other stories that deal with friendship, misunderstandings and discovery but the sweet concern each character feels for the other combined with Dan Yaccarino's illustrations make the book tug at your heartstrings... Continue Reading →

Dr. Seuss Asks You to Think

In celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday on March 2 some library classes have been reading his books or watching some of the older animated films. I love Dr. Seuss for many reason, probably the same reasons as most of you. Dr. Seuss made children's books fun and whimsical. The rhyming and nonsense force you to... Continue Reading →

Most Children’s Books Sold?

Thank you St. Eugen School Library for this blog post. In it the question is asked, which children's book author has sold more books than any other author? My guess was Dr. Seuss but I was wrong. Drum roll please.... Yep, that is right! R.L. Stein has sold more than 220 million books since his... Continue Reading →

Batty for Books

First Grade designs bats after reading Bats at the Library by Brian Lies.  Students imagined what it would be like to be a bat in the library.  Would they read or would they play?  First Graders designed bats with books (including call numbers!) that they themselves would enjoy reading if they sneaked into a library... Continue Reading →

Book for Your Sweet Tooth

How do you sort your candy?  Do you organize your candy by color, type, least favorite to favorite, or a different method altogether? Harriet's Halloween Candy by Nancy Carlson made second grade think about what they do with their Halloween candy after trick-or-treating. Sorting candy can be very challenging! Whether you share, hide, or eat... Continue Reading →

Promise Not to Tell?

Good secrets, bad secrets.  Third grade discusses CONFIDENTIALITY after reading The Secret Olivia Told Me by N. Joy Awarded the ALA Coretta Scott King Honor, this book uses striking illustrations and poetry to catch the reader's attention and raise serious questions about secrecy. Does your child know that he or she can confide in you? ... Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Pleaser

Pumpkin Hill gets great giggles from second grade.  Author Elizabeth Spurr uses literary devices, including alliteration and rhyming, to put smiles on her readers' faces and give their tongues a work-out.  The story starts with one pernicious pumpkin that grows "plump, plump and plumper" and ends with the reason for roasting salty seeds on Halloween. ... Continue Reading →

Being Rich

A lesson in sibling relationships, money handling, and more is wrapped into one book that had first graders listening intently and offering their own tips on saving and spending money.Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst caught my eye because of the same author's book that many of us were fond... Continue Reading →

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