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Anime or MamaMe

I thought my #2 son came to visit me on his block leave before heading off to Afghanistan. Naw! He really came to Nashville for the Middle Tennessee Anime Convention. I took a look at the events, so maybe I don’t blame him. I wonder if there’s still time to put together a costume? I guess [...]

Beacon Street Girls Confessions of Secret Pleasures

I spend the majority of my time reading "guy" books, nonfiction, and mysteries/adventure novels. I don’t slobber over all those romance books right now due to my cynical nature even though sometimes I have been seen reading romance novels with suspense in them. I just don’t spend most of my time reading girly books. Along [...]

Too sad to write

Friday morning we laid my beloved German Shepherd Marshall T-Rex (Teddy Bear Rex) to rest. Marshall provided many stories for nearly 12 years to all family, friends, and students. How many dogs respond to the question "What do you WANT?" by going to the refrigerator, opening the door, and pointing to the meat drawer where [...]

Biography reports? ARGH! I need more resources

We are counting down 19 days to our TCAP testing. Then what will the students be doing for the rest of the school year? It appears they’ll be spending all of their time in the library researching. Teachers I haven’t seen outside grade level meetings, except when they blow a projector bulb or have technology [...]

Paris Pan Takes the Dare

"Eventually, we pulled up to Johnny’s Bait and Tackle, and I stared at the white frame house, wondering what fishing had to do with candy." You never know what will happen when you log on to Facebook. One of my friends posted a note inviting us to participate in the Nearest Book Note with these [...]

Kenn Nesbitt online to chat with you? How?

Because My Hippo Has the Hiccups is set to come out April 1st, and because April is National Poetry Month, poet Kenn Nesbitt is trying something exciting to get everyone thinking about poetry. How about a deal to bookstores, librarians, schools, and anyone else that can get 10 kids together to learn about poetry using My [...]

The Carbon Diaries by Saci Lloyd

I am following the example of Amy Young-Buckler in creating a Wordle challenge for my students this month. I intend to print out each of their word clouds to display – hoping to entice more readers and techno-geeks like me to share. While playing with the various formats of wordle.net, I used some terms from [...]

My hippo has the Hiccups by Kenn Nesbitt – Poetry Month is coming

Time to make your plans for April National Poetry Month. Have you ordered your copy of Kenn Nesbitt’s My Hippo Has the Hiccups and Other Poems I Totally Made Up? It’s being released in hardcover on April 1st by Sourcebooks with illustrations by Ethan Long. ISBN 978-1-4022-1809-5 $17.99  I strongly recommend My Hippo Has the Hiccups [...]

I NEED my MONSTER by Amanda Noll – is it your kind of bedtime story?

Many review journals share information from the "big" publishers, but I like to contribute something once and awhile from the Independent Publishers Group like I Need My Monster written by Amanda Noll and illustrated by Howard McWilliam; published by Flashlight Press, 2009. ISBN 978-097-997-462-5 $16.95 I Need My Monster is a unique take on a [...]

Box Out by John Coy

Recently I asked all my 7th and 8th graders to respond to a reading interest survey. With the four language arts teachers involved, I have been analyzing their responses and sharing conclusions to help guide buying for classroom collections and the library. I shared with one of the teachers that out of his102 students who responded, [...]