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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 […]

Checking in on Kidlit Celebrates Women’s History

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I don’t want you to miss any of the exciting posts from the website for Kidlit Celebrates Women’s History, so here is a brief mention and my comments. In response to the post by Selina Alko on Everyday DressUp for March 3rd , I wrote the following comment. Lovely idea and very needed. I want to […]

Finders Keepers? not in this book


Finders Keepers? A True Story in India written by Robert Arnett and illustrated by Smita Turakhia was sent to most of the elementary schools in Nashville, Tennessee. Thanks to the donation by Dr. C. K. Hiranya Gowda and Mrs. Saraswathi Devi Gowda through the Indian American Education Foundation, my school received a copy of this […]

Women’s History to the 31st power

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What else would you call 31 posts by KidLit bloggers this month as we celebrate National Women’s History Month? These aren’t stand alone blog posts that add up to 31, but an intentional building of our ferver for the theme that will  multiply our results. The theme for 2012 is Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment. Below […]