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Why call your child a "non-reader"?

Thursday was our Student Orientation Day. After helping take ID photos, I had the opportunity to meet new parents. Several of them told me their children were "non-readers". I may be super-sensitive to this issue right now, but I think their children were upset with this label. The parents seem to think that if their [...]

Nonfiction Monday in Practically Paradise

Readers, rejoice! We are hosting Nonfiction Monday here in practically paradise. Nonfiction Monday is a celebration of nonfiction children’s books. Kidlitosphere Bloggers with nonfiction posts will be featured here today. Keep checking back & clicking Read More throughout the day as the links grow. I hope you will discover the magic of nonfiction on this Monday. If [...]

Box #2 picture books I included

I spent more than 6 hours reading, researching, writing and packing box #2. I know it’s unbelievable how long it takes to do this, but I believe giving books to libraries in need is worth it. Here are some picturebook titles I included in the box to River Valley from Henry Holt & Company, Peachtree [...]

Box #2 what gifts are special?

As I pack today’s box of books for River Valley Elementary School, I’m going to group them by publisher. Bearport Publishing is such a favorite of mine that I cannot bear to give away their books. If you see one on this list, know it is a sacrifice to share: Savage Slashers (Dino Times Trivia) [...]

What are your teachers dying to tell you?

I love having teachers return from summer break and rush in to show me what books they bought. I heard from the teachers who love young adult books and helping students in need. I heard from the In School Suspension teacher who found excellent nonfiction books from Blackbirch press at Ole’ Time Pottery. With interesting facts [...]