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Can I Capture You?

Ever feel intimidated at the idea of speaking in front of large groups of people? Me, too. I’ve gotten better so I don’t have to vomit before every trip to the microphone – now I just don’t eat before those sessions.  Fortunately along come webcasts where you don’t even have to look at me. You […]

Uncommon Animals – uncommon titles

Arctic Fox: Very cool! by Stephen Person. Bearport Publishing, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59716-730-7 Fossa: A Fearsome Predator by Meish Goldish.  Bearport Publishing, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59716-732-1 Bearport Publishing’s Uncommon Animal series falls between the Gross Out Defenses and the Earth in Danger series for readability. Part of the Narrative Nonfiction line, Uncommon Animals is intended for grades two through seven […]

Gross Me Out

Remember using "GROSS" in the 80’s. I promise it was one of my very favorite words and it was 3 syllables long. Bearport Publishing has a Gross Out Defenses series for K-3 students that is the only source for some of these animals: Deadly Poison Dart Frogs by Jennifer Dussling Disgusting Hagfish Bloody Horned Lizards But I […]

Football Books & Keeping Current

Oh, great librarians, lend me your wisdom. How can we keep up with the demand for football books?! What do you do when the players move, retire, or change teams? What percentage of your collection is based on people? on teams? on techniques? on great moments? How much do you spend every year? Where are your […]

Climate Change

Helen Orme contributes Climate Change to Bearport’s series Earth in Danger.  ISBN: 978-1-59716-723-9  copyright 2009.  This is a great title for grades 3-5, but I wanted to see how my middle school audience felt. I asked my book advisory students to take a look at some of the new High Interest Nonfiction titles on my preview […]

The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby

How can a positive picturebook full of joyful moments like winning the Kentucky Derby two times in a row make me sad? Because the underlying racial prejudice still exists. I celebrated the last black king – Jimmy Winkfield – as I read this with students. We rejoiced over his success and were thrilled with the descriptions […]

Converse about the Boy Conundrum and abuse

Let’s talk across blogs today. Marc Aronson has posted an insightful look at Open House and visiting a classroom through the eyes of a parent, nonfiction author, and champion of boys. Take a minute to go read it and then come back here because I want to discuss frustration.  Our boys DO have feelings and […]

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat

Wow! Want a reaction from faculty members? Bring in the new Nikki Giovanni title Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat and see what happens.  I hadn’t finished listening to the entire CD that accompanies this beautifully illustrated poetry book on my way to school, so I plopped in the […]

My First and why it should be Mi Primer

While struggling to meet the diverse language needs of my students, I have decided purchasing bilingual titles from Enslow is now one of my very first choices. If there is an English only set and a bilingual set available, with my limited resources, I’m going to choose the Bilingual set for my middle schoolers even […]

Elaine Landau asks "What Would You Do?"

Enslow Publishing and the lovely Elaine Landau have created a new series "What Would You Do?" that must be in your elementary and middle school collections. The queen has spoken. Go get them now! What? You question me?! You’re just like my children. I tried commanding them and it didn’t work either. <sigh> They said […]