Behind the Scenes: Making a Book Display

I’m not that great at book displays. I know, I know, librarians are supposed to have great book display game. We’re supposed to be cutting, tracing, glueing, bubble-letter geniuses. Maybe it’s the fact that my readers are so enthusiastic that books in our library don’t take much selling; maybe it’s because my ideas are much […]

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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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[Updated] Resources for Talking to your Child about Death, Loss, and Grief

Many children lose someone that they love early in their lives. It is hard to watch a child in pain, and even more difficult to help heal the heart of someone you love while you, yourself, are hurting. Whether the loss is of a parent, grandparent, friend, or beloved pet,  understanding death, its permanency, and […]

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Insta Review: Maybe a Fox, by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! This was the third book about a fox that I read this month. It’s interesting to me the way the fox has become such a popular vehicle for personification and imagery in literature. Each author does it differently – and […]

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#IADWAYR – September 13, 2017

In today’s episode of #IADWAYR, 5th graders in Core 3 answer the question: It’s A Day, What Are You Reading? 

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Coming Soon: 7th and 8th Grade Book Club

WHO: 7th and 8th grade readers. WHAT: A book club to discuss The Rock and the River, a book about a 13 year old boy living in Chicago in 1968, right at the crux of the Civil Rights Movement. The Rock and the River is an award-winning novel told from a unique and valuable point of view. Copies […]

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Hurricane Harvey Book Club

Since the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, thousands of students in Texas have not been able to return to school. When they do go back, many will have lost their classroom, school, and public libraries. As part of an ongoing desire to teach our students empathy and the importance of community service, 4th grade teacher McKenzie […]

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#IADWAYR – September 5, 2017

In today’s episode of #IADWAYR, 5th graders in Core 2 answer the question: It’s A Day, What Are You Reading?   

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Intsa Review: Awkward, by Svetlana Chmakova

 Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! This graphic novel is all kinds of cute. Penelope (Peppi) is new in school and finds kindred spirits in the Art Club. When the principal pits the Art Club against the Science Club for the last remaining booth for the […]

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