Things that Made My Brain Explode – October 19, 2018

Articles and news stories are constantly pushing me to consider something new, broaden my perspective, or change the way I look at an issue. My husband likes to joke that my brain explodes with something new on a daily basis. These articles – and the brain explosions that result from them – are so beneficial […]

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Insta Review: The Selection, by Keira Cass

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram I promised to read this one after being prompted approximately 46 million times by my favorite middle schoolers. They pitched it as The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor – AND THEY WERE SO RIGHT. The […]

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Things That Made my Brain Explode – October 12, 2018

There’s a lot of really great information on the internet. Of course, there’s a lot of junk, too – but if you look closely, and you’re plugged into the right communities, there’s a lot of really great information. Sometimes, it gets buried in the breaking news or weather alerts, and we miss it. (Or, if […]

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Insta Review: Rules, by Cynthia Lord

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram David is the center of Catherine’s universe. She loves her little brother, but she also hates him: his autism makes everything more difficult. Her parents’ relationship, their schedule, their home life… it seems like it […]

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Insta review: The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram Nicola Yoon has an undeniable talent for writing about the addictive first stages of love. In The Sun is Also A Star, as in her other novel, Everything Everything, she describes falling in love with […]

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Family Connection: Resources for Talking to your Child about Consent

consent [kuh n-sent] verb (used without object) 1. to permit, approve, or agree; comply or yield (often followed by to or an infinitive): He consented to the proposal. We asked her permission, and she consented. 2. Archaic. to agree in sentiment, opinion, etc.; be in harmony. (Source) Although it has a wide range of complicated connotations, the definition of consent is actually very simple: to permit, approve, or agree. We consent to things everyday. Or, we disagree with them. As adults, it’s something we have practiced and exercise regularly (although some […]

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Talking to Middle Schoolers about Banned Books Week

How do you talk to a middle schooler about censorship? It’s a great question, and I’m not sure that I have all the right answers. But I do know for sure that, as their brains develop at this critical age, the conversation needs to begin. As tweens are curiously studying the world around them and […]

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Insta Review: The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram If you ever forget how messy and complicated humans are, just check in with author Jandy Nelson; she’s got you covered. We meet Lennon (Lennie) one month after the sudden death of her sister, Bailey. […]

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Resources for Banned Books Week 2018

Have you heard about Banned Books Week? Started originally in 1982, the week seems to grow in popularity (and in viral advertising) each year! Here’s a quick summary, from the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom: Banned Books Week 2018 is September 23-29. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, […]

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