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Teaching Copyright with Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to You! The Mystery Behind the Most Famous Song in the World was written by Margot Theis Raven with paintings by Chris Soentpiet. Sleeping Bear Press.  Published:  August 2008   ISBN: 9781585361694  Open my mail and what do I see? Happy Birthday to You! The Mystery Behind the Most Famous Song in the World. Okay, [...]

More Michael G. Montgomery and Fala

Sometimes you get what you wish for. Readers, thanks to Michael, I’m able to share with you the art page I raved about earlier this morning. Don’t you wish principal’s were as responsive with funds? Here’s some information from Michael and the picture from First Dog Fala.  Creating the illustrations for Fala was a true [...]

First Dog Fala – Could you resist this dog?

First Dog Fala is a delightful quick read about FDR’s best friend in the White House. Michael G. Montgomery‘s pictures are a treasure. They convey the exuberance and joy of a Scottish terrier who became the president’s greatest companion. Perhaps what I like best is how this title has inspired students to research for my [...]

"Impossible" to forget

Impossible by Nancy Werlin. Dial Books (Penguin Putnam Inc.), September, 2008 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3002-1 Ever get a song stuck in your head? All day long subconsciously this song keeps coming up and you find yourself humming, singing under your breath, etc. Scarborough Fair is one of those songs. I visit the bread store and just see the [...]

AIDS and why you should read And You Invited Me In

New cases of AIDS infections are growing 40% faster than the CDC thought with over 56,000 new cases each year. Those headlines hit home as I pondered Cheryl Moss Tyler’s book And You Invited Me In. I don’t consider myself conversative, but I certainly did grow up in an ultra-conservative household. Upon reading Cheryl’s book, I [...]

Banned Books Week New Series support

Secondary teachers take note. Enslow Publishing has released a series on AUTHORS OF BANNED BOOKS. You’ll want to add them to your collection as the authors featured are of great interest to secondary students. These are well-written books that combine biographies with the philosophy and reality behind censorship. Authors featured include:  Mark Twain Robert Cormier J.K. [...]