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Summer Reading – Great Middle Reader Books to Add to Your Summer Shelf

Greetings!  It really feels like summer now. The weather has warmed up and we are beginning to enjoy more outside activities. This also means that school has ended and the concerns of “summer reading slide” have started. Scholastic has an excellent report called 10 Critical Facts about Summer Reading that addresses the issue of learning or reading… Read More Summer Reading – Great Middle Reader Books to Add to Your Summer Shelf

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Taking a Komodo Dragon for a stroll with Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor

Imagine my delight when I saw that May is National Pet Month!  My eyes may have leaked a little too with happiness. Why? Because our family adores critters and (according to the last time I counted) we have 23 pets. In defense of myself…17 are fish. So that leaves a head count of one dog,… Read More Taking a Komodo Dragon for a stroll with Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor

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A Diverse Picture Book about Tiny Living and BIG Adventures!

Many of us dream of downsizing and “living simple,” but one former paralegal has actively made that dream a reality. Living the tiny house lifestyle led to many positive connections, experiences, and adventures. And little did author B.A. Norrgard know, it would lead to a children’s book as well! The idea for a picture book… Read More A Diverse Picture Book about Tiny Living and BIG Adventures!

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Tuntun: A Wildlife Conservation Picture Book that invites us to be Brave

Tuntun… it’s much more than a book. It’s a fun story with colorful illustrations that promote inclusion, it’s a vibrant picture book that invites young readers to be brave. The book is an adventure full of action, about a giant pink elephant who lives in Africa, but at the end, readers discover that almost all… Read More Tuntun: A Wildlife Conservation Picture Book that invites us to be Brave

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Sharing the Life Journeys of 3 Amazing Women Writers

{Guest post from author, Julie K. Rubini} The voice of justice in the world of sports. The most honored author of children’s literature. The original Nancy Drew ghostwriter. I have had the honor of sharing the life journeys of these three amazing women writers through the Biographies for Young Readers published by Ohio University Press.… Read More Sharing the Life Journeys of 3 Amazing Women Writers

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Happy PB&J Day! Kidlit, Peanut Butter and Fluffernutter

Happy NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY DAY! National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is celebrated annually on April 2nd.  This food holiday is a classic favorite of many.  The average American will have eaten over 2000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they graduate from high school. Even as an adult, on days when… Read More Happy PB&J Day! Kidlit, Peanut Butter and Fluffernutter

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A Diverse Picture Book Review: Nonni’s Moon by Julia Inserro

Guest post by Jolie Valentine-Field Elementary School Library Thank you to Julia Inserro, the author of the new picture book, Nonni’s Moon, for gifting Field Elementary Library with a review copy.  Nonni’s Moon is written by Julia Inserro and illustrated by Lucy Smith, published by Julia Inserro. This is a picture book about a young… Read More A Diverse Picture Book Review: Nonni’s Moon by Julia Inserro

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Read Your World with Celebrate Holi With Me! {+a Giveaway}

As the festival of Holi approaches, curiosity inspired us to reach out to author Shoumi Sen for some thoughts on this Indian celebration and the scoop on her beautiful diverse picture book, Celebrate Holi With Me! Also called the Festival of Colors, Holi is celebrated at the end of winter, on the last full moon… Read More Read Your World with Celebrate Holi With Me! {+a Giveaway}

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A Round-up of Activities and Books to Celebrate Women’s History Month

This particular round-up of book reviews, activities and resources are especially near-and-dear to my heart because I am focusing on the fact that March is Women’s History Month. The 2019 National Women’s History is Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence. This year we honor women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice… Read More A Round-up of Activities and Books to Celebrate Women’s History Month