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Help! by Holly Keller

Help! A Story of Friendship by Holly Keller is much MORE than just a story of friendship. With its exploration of gossip, dealing with hurt feelings, and doing the right thing despite being hurt, this title has tremendous storytime possibilities. This title should be in every school library and personally put in the hands of [...]

Help! by Holly Keller

Help! A Story of Friendship by Holly Keller is much MORE than just a story of friendship. With its exploration of gossip, dealing with hurt feelings, and doing the right thing despite being hurt, this title has tremendous storytime possibilities. This title should be in every school library and personally put in the hands of [...]

Steve Jenkins

Living Color by Steve Jenkins is a new release from Houghton Mifflin Company. I like the pairing of informational text with color-grouped animals. The text includes facts, but also unusual sayings. Take the pink page: Pink says! Dressed to kill. Turn off the light! There’s no one home. Pretty in armor plating.  More shrimp, please.  [...]

Steve Jenkins

Living Color by Steve Jenkins is a new release from Houghton Mifflin Company. I like the pairing of informational text with color-grouped animals. The text includes facts, but also unusual sayings. Take the pink page: Pink says! Dressed to kill. Turn off the light! There’s no one home. Pretty in armor plating.  More shrimp, please.  [...]

What can kids do for the war?

Yes, folks, we are a nation at war. I know that some of you have forgotten this and some of you wish you could, but if you were to visit a military post, you would see the signs reminding you of the men and women and their units who are currently serving overseas. When my [...]

What can kids do for the war?

Yes, folks, we are a nation at war. I know that some of you have forgotten this and some of you wish you could, but if you were to visit a military post, you would see the signs reminding you of the men and women and their units who are currently serving overseas. When my [...]

No Bragging and Prioritizing

How can you let great news out without sounding like you’re bragging? You’ll have to click the read more and get all the way to the bottom. I’m so excited that an elementary school librarian was elected to the ALA’s Executive Board which includes 8 members, the executive director, and the 3 officers. School librarians [...]

No Bragging and Prioritizing

How can you let great news out without sounding like you’re bragging? You’ll have to click the read more and get all the way to the bottom. I’m so excited that an elementary school librarian was elected to the ALA’s Executive Board which includes 8 members, the executive director, and the 3 officers. School librarians [...]

Hey! You! Display that better

Call me Bossy Britches, but I can’t resist hassling the vendors in the Exhibit Hall. "Why are you hiding the gems of your new titles behind these others?" I demanded last night.   The reply was that young and early reader easy chapter books don’t sell as well as picture books and nonfiction. Librarians don’t want [...]

Hey! You! Display that better

Call me Bossy Britches, but I can’t resist hassling the vendors in the Exhibit Hall. "Why are you hiding the gems of your new titles behind these others?" I demanded last night.   The reply was that young and early reader easy chapter books don’t sell as well as picture books and nonfiction. Librarians don’t want [...]