Insta Review: Mimi, by Johnny Newman

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram When Mimi’s mom died suddenly, parts of everyone else died with her. Her father spends most of his time staring into space and attempting to make frozen pizza; her sister only wears black and will […]

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Insta Review: Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, by Jordan Sonnenblick

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram “Oh gee, I think I’ll pick up this happy looking book about drums and teen romance,” innocent past Ms. Fitz said. “It looks like a good weekend read.” Wow, I am wrong a lot. Not […]

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Insta Review: Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram How do you prepare for a devastating hurricane when you don’t know what a hurricane looks like or feels like? Can’t evacuate – no money, no car, nowhere to go. Can’t buy extra supplies – […]

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Ms. Fitz has Read… February 4, 2019

What is Ms. Fitz reading? Here’s the view from February 4th! With our 2019 Challenge taking up this wall all January, it’s been awhile since my last check in! My recent favorites include Pride, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Blended, Mercí Suarez Changes Gears (which won the Newbery a few weeks later!), the graphic novel adaptation […]

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What Do Your Book Displays Say?

Look closely… what do the books on display in your library or classroom tell your readers about your community? The special books that you choose to feature have the power to speak volumes about your teaching philosophy and classroom culture without speaking a word. I do my best to choose books that act as windows, […]

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We Did It! 2019 Challenge Celebration

Not only did the Learning Village community meet its goal to read 2,019 books in January, they surpassed it eight days early! On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Learning Village Librarian invited students to meet for a top secret meeting, which turned into a celebration full of dancing, confetti, cheering, and general excitement and pride in accomplishing the […]

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Insta Review: One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram Sloooooooooow goooooooooing. In a throwback to last year’s inchworm of a novel The Green Glass Sea comes one of the most plodding historical mysteries I’ve ever made it through. One Came Home opens with a […]

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Student Spotlight: Advice for the 2019 Reading Challenge

We asked students: What is your best reading advice? With 1,500 books read so far in 2019, we wanted to inspire other communities taking on the same challenge. Experts from kindergarten through fourth grade shared what has worked for them in finding the right books, making time to read, persevering when things get hard, and […]

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Coming Soon: Family Book Club, Out of My Mind

5th grade families are invited to participate in our inaugural Family Book Club! Students and their families have the option to read Out of My Mind, the critically acclaimed novel by award-winning author Sharon Draper. This collaborative book club, created with librarian Elaine Kauffman from Trevor Day School in New York City, was specially designed […]

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