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Fashion . . . a 4th grader wants books about fashion

Earlier this week I was doing a PeRL with a fourth grader–she’s not a big reader but has a lot of opinions about books. Chapter books are not very interesting and she doesn’t like Babymouse, but she likes books about fashion. I immediately knew that I would need to focus on nonfiction and look beyond [...]

May 30th, 2013
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Escaped Prisoners, Grave Robbers, and Detectives: New Books for Older Readers

Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz Eleven-year-old Annie and her younger brother, Rew, live with their grandma in a run-down house at the edge of the forest. Gran tells them that their mother didn’t want them, and their father died in a fight with an angry man. Annie and Rew get the most joy reading [...]

May 22nd, 2013
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New Read-Along and Spanish Language Picture Books

I am excited to introduce you to two newly expanded collections in the Children’s Room: Read-Along Audiobooks and Spanish Language Picture Books. The read-alongs are picture books that come with a CD that reads the book aloud. Tones indicate when the pages are to be turned, so the child can follow along with the text. [...]

May 15th, 2013
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Smiles, Dreams, and Bravery: New Books for Younger Readers

Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein This is a book about how one smile can affect a whole world. Amelia smiled and Mrs. Higgins saw her and smiled too. She was so happy that she baked some cookies for her son, who sang a song to his class, who inspired a dancer… The books [...]

May 8th, 2013
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Resentment, adoration, ambivalence, love: siblings

In the three years that we’ve had this blog, we have never had a post explicitly about siblings. Which is surprising given that siblings are such a dominant part of childhood and an enormous part of almost all children’s books. So here are five siblings books from J Fiction that, with their mixed-up and conflicting [...]

May 2nd, 2013