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Classic Read-Alouds

Here is a list of read-alouds that are classic but might not be at the top of your mind. For the sake of this post, I’m defining a ‘read-aloud’ as a J Fiction book that parents would read aloud to their kids (not a picture book) and, in terms of what makes a classic, I’ve [...]

November 28th, 2012
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Best Books of 2012–Reading Lists

‘Tis the season for lists. Major publications are releasing their “Best of 2012″ book lists. While some predictably popular novels are mentioned (hello, Gone Girl and Bring Up the Bodies), there’s guaranteed to be a book or two on several of these lists that you haven’t heard of. Take a look and see what piques [...]

November 28th, 2012
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There’s a Chill in the Air: New Books for Older Readers

Almost Home by Joan Bauer 12 year-old Sugar Mae Cole is the type of resilient heroine frequently found in Joan Bauer’s novels. Her beloved grandmother has died, her father has abandoned his wife and daughter and the final straw is that Sugar Mae and her mother lose their home. They move to Chicago but that [...]

November 21st, 2012
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Use Your Imagination: New Books for Younger Readers

Bear Despair by Gaëtan Dorémus A large blue bear naps with his pudgy purple teddy. A smile plays across the bear’s wide face. What lovely dreams he must be having. But then, oh no! A long-legged, long-snouted, sharply toothed fox sneaks upon the sleeping bear. He steals the bear’s stuffie! He runs off, laughing, into [...]

November 14th, 2012
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Native American Heritage Month

At this time of year we all begin to think about Thanksgiving and the founding of our nation. In 1990, November was designated Native American Heritage Month and while I’ve expressed my hesitation about these months before, it does give me an excuse to talk a little bit about Native Americans in children’s books. The [...]

November 7th, 2012
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Crafts!

Crafts are one of the absolutely most fun things about childhood and, for me, librarianship. Below are a couple of the books I turn to for inspiration when I’m developing programs to do here at the library and when I’m thinking about a Saturday afternoon at home. My biggest two pieces of advice about crafting, [...]

November 1st, 2012