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Big Bad Witchiepoo

Poor Parents! Some of them seem to only listen when we send out the overdue notices. Come on… I’m not really the big bad beast or even Witchiepoo . I have been telling your children to bring back their books every single visit.  I’m sorry if the overdue note that went home with report cards is […]

Review: Environmental Disasters

Environmental Disasters by Michael Woods and Mary B. Woods. Trivia Time: When was the first air pollution control law introduced? Give up? 1272 when King Edward I made the law to reduce smog in London.  Let’s face it. Studies on the environment are not receiving enough attention in the U.S. right now. When you learn how […]

Review: First Step Nonfiction on the Environment

People and the Environment Animals and the Environment Plants and the Environment First Step Nonfiction series from Lerner is definitely intended for our first graders to learn about ecology.  The focus is not upon the harm we do, but instead on the interactions we have with the environment. There are two pages in the end […]

Forbidden City

Bearport Publishing has produced Forbidden City: China’s Imperial Palace as part of their Castles, Palaces & Tombs series. 32 pages, reinforced library binding, written at a third grade reading level but of interest to grades 2-7.  With 100 words or less on each two-page spread this title meets the needs of my elementary students and I’ll […]

China Olympics & Forbidden City book

The official website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in English is  With only 130 days to go, it’s not too early to be planning for the 2008 Olympic Games to be held in Beijing, China. On March 31, 2008 the Olympic torch will land at the Beijing Airport to begin its Chinese portion of […]

What’s Inside Your Tummy, Mommy?

What’s Inside Your Tummy, Mommy? by Abby Cocovini for only $8.95 will be released in April. Published by Henry Holt & Company, this is a book designed to be read with little ones side-by-side, interactively, over & over again throughout the nine-months of pregnancy.  Give this one to friends with children as soon as they share their pregnancy […]

AHA! Something for the boys, too!

We love Junie B. Jones, Piper Reed, and Clementine, but we have been missing a fun first grade boy in this group. Enter Katherine Applegate’s new series on Roscoe Riley Rules. Put this on your list for multiple copies and slip a copy into every first and second grade teacher’s welcome back to school bag.  […]

Review: Tornadoes by Matt Doeden

Tornadoes by Matt Doeden is part of Lerner’s Pull Ahead Books series Forces of Nature. With 32 pages and sized for smaller hands, this is definitely aimed at grades K-3.  Trivia: When do most tornadoes form? Answer: Between 3 and 7 p.m. (the hottest time of day) usually in spring and summer when it’s warmer. […]

What’s on Your Desk?

Remember the commercial  with the line "What’s in YOUR wallet?" Librarians should periodically survey their rooms to see "What’s on YOUR desk?" or even "What’s in YOUR library?" The question was asked on LM_NET today and I remembered writing something about that before so I went to the LM_NET archives (a Wonderful resource) and started […]

Monkey with a Tool Belt

If you read only one review of this book, make it Betsy Bird’s at A Fuse #8 If you want to enjoy with me a fun book, read on.  I remember reading this review back in February, but then I didn’t have the book in my hands so I didn’t pay it enough attention. Now […]