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Blakely Blogs about DragonBreath


Ursula Vernon’s series DragonBreath comes with this description on her webpage:  A combination of text and graphic novel, the Dragonbreath books tell of the adventures of Danny Dragon, a young dragon attending a school for reptiles and amphibians. Join Danny and his best friend Wendell the Iguana as they travel under the sea outwitting bullies, […]

Sue Polanka’s slideshare

Thanks to Michael Porter’s sharing, I was able to view Sue Polanka’s slide share on Purchasing E-Books for Your Library. My principal shares my enthusiasm for obtaining e-readers. Now we are researching which formats, platforms, devices, and e-books to purchase. I hope you view the slideshare and share your opinions here. For example, do you […]

Diane talks Food Part III


I’d like to include my own  disclaimer right from the start as Susan Norwood did: I am overweight and am not a dietitian. What I am is a skeptical librarian who wants healthy accurate information for her students. I do not trust every flashy new diet book out there, but I do usually talk to […]

Blakely Blogs about Books

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Owl Ninja by Sandy Fussell. Candlewick Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780763650032. 272 pp. $15.99 I’m taking advantage of having my son’s girlfriend, Blakely, nearby to read books for me and to share her teen perspective.  Blakely helped unpack (okay, she totally did all the unpacking of) the books I brought back from ALA Midwinter and immediately […]

Food Part II


Susan Norwood continues with her discussion of Food Books, Part II Let me say at the outset that I am overweight—not morbidly so, but I could easily shed 20 pounds I have high blood-pressure, need to eat more healthfully, and I’m not proud to admit this. Our kids are in the same position. Everyone knows […]

Don’t Read This If You Are About To Eat


Susan Norwood couldn’t resist guest blogging today on FOOD. Here is Nashville, we once again have a snow day. So far this month, we have had a whole week off of school. Today, we are off again. The only thing better than sitting around reading, is sitting around eating. Cooking is not really my thing, […]

Top Teen Titles #20-24


#24 Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The by E. Lockhart. Hyperion, 2008. ISBN:  9780786838189, 342 pp. Publisher’s Description: Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14: Debate Club. Her father’s “bunny rabbit.” A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school. Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15: A knockout figure. A sharp tongue. A chip on her shoulder. […]

Cellhouse Rules Guest Blog by Becky Jackman


Becky Jackman, School Librarian at New Providence Middle School, guest blogs today. Sometimes I find inspiration in unlikely places. I went to ALA Midwinter expecting to learn about great new books, to have wonderful discussions with co-workers from around the country, and to return to work revived, refreshed, and renewed. I never expected that the […]

Issues with a classroom library that becomes a de-facto branch library

Susan Norwood guest blogs today about her classroom library. We joke that she has a branch library in our school – AKA a classroom library that is open to more than just one classroom. A curious thing is happening in my classroom library. My books are disappearing at a rapid rate. I use the honor […]

Rot & Ruin


Jonathan Maberry’s new book Rot & Ruin corrupted me. I couldn’t do anything else on my airplane flight to San Diego but read obsessively. Susan Norwood told me about this book first in the following facebook message: WE NEED THIS BOOK IN THE LIBRARY.  I just finished a fabulous young adult ZOMBIE book– Rot and […]