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A woman explorer & Giant Panda mythbuster


I am blogging for the KidLit Celebrates Women’s History site today and cross-posting here. Quick! Name ten explorers. How many of them were women? Perhaps you listed Sacagawea or Amelia Earhart? Did you include Delia Akeley, Christina Dodwell, Mary Kingsley, Florence Baker, Alexandrine Tinne, Gertrude Bell, Alexandra David-Neel, Florence Von Sass Baker, Isabella Bird Bishop, […]

Topics for Women’s History Month

Are you following the KidLit Celebrates Women’s History Month posts? Here are some of the most recent post topics: March 20 Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Sa and Book Giveaway! March 19 A Q&A with Deborah Kogan Ray: Sarah Winnemucca, Paiute Princess March 18 Beryl Markham: Feminist Hero? or Heroic Female? March 17 Joan of Arc: an early […]

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger


I am LOVING the book Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. I have tried it out with students in PreK, K, and 1st grade classes this week. I’ve tried it with a variety of other titles to expand our thinking and comparison skills. No matter what I do, students who are calm at the beginning of […]

Poetry Madness! Ed DeCaria

Thanks to Susan Taylor Brown, I learned about Ed DeCaria’s launching of  a March Madness Poetry Tournament, where poets are assigned a word and matched up in head-to-head battles in time to start reading and voting. These 64 poets have to write a kid appropriate poem. Readers vote, winners move on to the next round. Susan noted: Some of the […]

STEM by Payola Richardson

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Ms. Payola Richardson, one of the parents at our school, spoke during our STEM Showcase and shares her remarks with us. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. These are the tools needed to prepare our children to compete successfully in the future.  They are the gateway and the key to succeed in life. The […]


While I’m filling in my basketball brackets and arguing with my sons about who will take it all, I thought I should join the ranks of those predicting winners from the SLJ Battle of the Books. Here are my predictions for Round One: Amelia Lost over Anya’s Ghost Between Shades of Gray over Bootleg The […]

Board books 1 Great, 1 okay

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Recently I was packing up new baby care packages and decided to add two board books. While I did this, I realized that one of these board books was okay and would be held by a child, tossed around, chewed upon, and fall apart to be tossed away (and, no, I’m not telling).  The other […]

Replacing moldy books

This year has been challenging as I seek ways to overcome obstacles. Since this is my first year at this school, I’m still learning the collection and preparing a collection development plan of action.When you need EVERYTHING, particularly in the fiction and picture book section, it can be overwhelming. The Obstacle: While constructing my orderly […]

STEM Friday


Practically Paradise is hosting STEM Friday today. I’m focusing on Wisdom, The Midway Albatross today. I’ll post photos and more at the bottom of this page throughout the day as they arrive. In the meantime, please check out these STEM-ulating posts and come back often. Roberta Gibson has a light review of Food Technology (Sci Hi […]

Pat Scales article in the Random House newsletter

Pat Scales writes about National Women’s History Month in the recent Random House newsletter. I appreciate her booklist of titles and recognize that it is simply a beginning. I’d love to collect other’s reading suggestions for the elementary level. Any suggestions? I already have these three listed on the page of Internet Resources: Women Who […]