Insta Review: Fuzzy Mud, by Louis Sachar

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! My mother in law loves to tell this story: When my husband was a kid, he carried around a briefcase, followed the stock market, and read The Hot Zone over and over again (some of us are just lucky enough […]

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Insta Review: Lily and Dunkin, by Donna Gephart

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! As the country becomes more and more involved with issues like gender equality, mental health, and human rights, it’s important that we educate children and give them a chance to learn about the different sides of each argument in a […]

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Insta Review: Secret Coders, by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Computer programming + comic books = 😍💕 The first in a new innovative graphic novel series from Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes, Secret Coders Book 1 combines graphic novels, puzzles, and computer science concepts into one crazy creative and […]

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Insta Review: All the Broken Pieces, by Anne E. Burg

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! What is it about a novel in verse that just kicks you in the stomach? At ten years old, Matt was airlifted away from his mother and little brother in Vietnam and taken to America for a “better” life. He […]

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Insta Review: Sprinkle with Murder, by Jen McKinlay

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Notice the creased cover and folded pages of the paperback in the photo? Inside, many pages are taped together or hanging on by a thread. This is what a truly loved book looks like! One of my sixth graders leant […]

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Insta Review: Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! One sentence into the plot description of Counting Thyme, and my sixth graders were pushing and shoving to get in line for this novel. Thyme loves her home in San Diego – the sunshine, her school, and living next door […]

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Insta Review: We are Growing! by Laurie Keller

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! This book made me the HAPPIEST! My kindergarteners were out of their minds excited when the opening pages to We Are Growing showed Elephant and Piggie praising it as one of their favorite reads. And from there, We Are Growing […]

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Insta Review: The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! I wish I could step into the brain of Peter Brown. Author and illustrator of picture book mega hits like Creepy Carrots and My Teacher is a Monster, I feel like his brain would be like stepping into a cartoon […]

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#IADWAYR – September 21, 2017

 In today’s episode of #IADWAYR, 5th graders in Core 1 answer the question: It’s A Day, What Are You Reading?

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Insta Review: Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea! by Ben Clanton

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Elephant and Piggie 10,000 feet under the sea. Narwhal and Jelly, a new series in the unlikely-but-precious-best-friends set, star in this adorable junior graphic novel. The short book is split into vignettes, punctuated with fun irreverent brain breaks like Real(ly) […]

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