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Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile

Many books find their way to my desk from publishers. Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile arrived this week from Candlewick Press when I absolutely needed a moment to relax. Ever been so tired you just want to weep with weariness? Ever been so bored you don’t have the energy to get in trouble? You’ll [...]

Someone Named Eva

I was thinking about the teacher who wondered where authors get these ideas. It’s more complicated when we are considering historical fiction. When students read historical fiction, the first thing they ask me is "What part was true?" Even adults need to know background information so they can associate new knowledge with stored knowledge.  One of the [...]

Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba

Margarita Engle has done it again with Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba. This is a powerful story to immediately add to your collection. When I enthusiastically shared the gist of this story with fellow librarians, one of them said, "Wow! Where does she get this tuff?"  ROTFL Okay, readers, let’s acknowledge that to many [...]

Creating a summer reading list? Where are the nonfiction titles?

Okay, people! Don’t make me have to edit all your summer reading lists. I’ve begun to see lists under development and most of them <gasp> have forgotten to include any fascinating nonfiction titles. We have series nonfiction, stand-alone nonfiction, biographies, how-to manuals, so many fascinating titles out there.  I hear you librarians. You didn’t MEAN [...]

48 Hour Book Challenge Date Set – Mark those calendars

MotherReader has set the date for the 48 hour book challenge! Mark your calendars for June 5-7, 2009, and let everyone know you’ll be busy for 48 hours during that time. The rules are posted on her site. Basically you decide to read for 48 hours consecutively and write something about what you read; although [...]

Seeking School Librarians who Speak Chinese Fluently

Sometimes opportunities for presentations, travel, and research arise that need specialized skills; for example, I need to build a database of school librarians who speak Chinese fluently. If you are one, please contact me via email. If you know of one, please tell them to contact me. Thanks. Diane

Seeking School Librarians who Speak Chinese Fluently

Sometimes opportunities for presentations, travel, and research arise that need specialized skills; for example, I need to build a database of school librarians who speak Chinese fluently. If you are one, please contact me via email. If you know of one, please tell them to contact me. Thanks. Diane

Horrid Henry is a HIT

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross. Sourcebooks / Jabberwocky Kids. April, 2009. Trade paper $4.99 ISBN 9781402217753. Confession time. I love those "bad boys" like Henry in the new series about Horrid Henry. My library is the very proud possessor of a new title "the place where all the kids skip class to [...]

Love Poems edited by Betsy Franco

Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems By Teenagers edited by Betsy Franco. Candlewick Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7636-3437-7 $15.99 Sometimes I blog about books I love. Sometimes I blog about books my students INSIST I tell you about. When I received Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers last summer at ALA Annual, I enjoyed reading the [...]