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High-Speed Thrills

Gareth Stevens surprised me this year. They developed a series called The Science Behind Thrill Rides that has reawakened my love for physical science. I now know that centripetal force and changes in velocity are what make me ill on roller coasters every summer. It’s not the gravitation force or the accelerating force that get to me, [...]

High-Speed Thrills

Gareth Stevens surprised me this year. They developed a series called The Science Behind Thrill Rides that has reawakened my love for physical science. I now know that centripetal force and changes in velocity are what make me ill on roller coasters every summer. It’s not the gravitation force or the accelerating force that get to me, [...]

Gooey Jellyfish

You must get Gooey Jellyfish by Natalie Lunis immediately. Stop your reading and make a note! Did you know that 95% of all animals are invertebrates? Yet, my teachers choose mammals first when doing research. Invertebrates of the world unite! Demand more time and attention!  Thankfully the publishers at Bearport are acting. They have created [...]

Gooey Jellyfish

You must get Gooey Jellyfish by Natalie Lunis immediately. Stop your reading and make a note! Did you know that 95% of all animals are invertebrates? Yet, my teachers choose mammals first when doing research. Invertebrates of the world unite! Demand more time and attention!  Thankfully the publishers at Bearport are acting. They have created [...]

Some Kids Wear Leg Braces

When I am reviewing books for children with disabilities, there are so many questions I just don’t know the answers. If I share this book, will a student feel spotlighted? Will this title make everyone focus their attention on the differences or help them understand similarities? I asked one of my students who wears a [...]

Some Kids Wear Leg Braces

When I am reviewing books for children with disabilities, there are so many questions I just don’t know the answers. If I share this book, will a student feel spotlighted? Will this title make everyone focus their attention on the differences or help them understand similarities? I asked one of my students who wears a [...]

Can kids review?

I asked #3 son to help me review some books. His comments were typical for a relatively nonreader and made me laugh so hard. I appreciate his giving me 3 minutes of his teenage day. What did he say?  Buy lots of books like this Ferrari series because kids like cars and they’ll all check out [...]

Can kids review?

I asked #3 son to help me review some books. His comments were typical for a relatively nonreader and made me laugh so hard. I appreciate his giving me 3 minutes of his teenage day. What did he say?  Buy lots of books like this Ferrari series because kids like cars and they’ll all check out [...]

Tracking Authors

How do you keep up with your favorite authors? I search journals, favorite author websites, make lists on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, etc., but one of my favorite ways is subscribing to services like HarperCollins’ Author Tracker. When Kadir Nelson has a new title out, I want to immediately see those illustrations. Have you [...]

Tracking Authors

How do you keep up with your favorite authors? I search journals, favorite author websites, make lists on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, etc., but one of my favorite ways is subscribing to services like HarperCollins’ Author Tracker. When Kadir Nelson has a new title out, I want to immediately see those illustrations. Have you [...]