Author Archives: CBethM

Little Elliot Big City cover August 31

My Reading Journey by Mike Curato

Reading has been an ever-changing journey. It’s shaped my life personally and professionally. Here’s the story of my reading journey.   Very early on, I was fortunate to have a parent who read to me everyday. My Mom would read to me from Tibor Gergely’s Great Big Book of Bedtime Stories. I was really drawn […]

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10 Book Characters Who Would Be Awesome Friends by Brenda Priddy

While children’s books are fun to read, have you ever noticed how many of the main characters are rather bratty? Ramona Quimby, Junie B. Jones, Tom Sawyer, Greg Heffley, Artemis Fowl, and many other book characters would make truly awful people. But for every terrible book character, there is at least one other who would […]

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The Magic of Letter Writing by Dana Johansen

Letters from authors are magical. “Choose an author you’d like to write to,” I remember my third grade teacher, Mrs. Szuba, saying to our class. I knew instantly which author I’d choose- Beverly Cleary. I adored all things Ramona and Beezus. I couldn’t wait to tell Mrs. Cleary about my love for her characters and […]

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Miss Stoopenkoff, a first-class teacher by Raina Telgemeier

As an author with a social media presence, I interact with amazing teachers every day on the internet. There are lots of teachers in my personal life as well: My mom teaches elementary school, my best friend Theresa teaches high school English, and my brother-in-law Rob has recently graduated to the role of principal at […]

loot August 27

Loot: How to Steal a Fortune by Jude Watson – Review by Tony Keefer

To be honest I am seriously loving the current wave of books that cast kid characters as spies, detectives or master criminals.  It fascinates me to see authors like Gordon Korman, Stuart Gibbs, Eoin Colfer and Kate Messner craft an at least plausibly believable plotline with kids acting like James Bond, Kinsey Millhone or John […]

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As another new school year begins, students and teachers get themselves ready – perfectly sharpened pencils, clean white notebook paper, bright, shiny three-ringed binders . . . okay, who am I kidding?  It’s 2014, not 1984, so it may be more like new tablets and laptops and ereaders with headphones; but nonetheless, it is a […]

elisa August 25

Two Confessions and a Pledge of a Teacher Mom by Elisa Waingort

My son carries a book with him wherever he goes. If he doesn’t have a book handy, he carries around my Kindle instead, which he has aptly named “Nini and Mami’s Kindle.” (Nini is our family nickname for him.) My son has read the entire Harry Potter series several times and he claims Jonathan Auxier […]

wilifrid August 23

Top 10 Picture Books to Inspire “Classroom Habitudes” by Lesley Burnap

At the beginning of this summer I was privileged to hear Angela Maiers speak about her book, Classroom Habitudes: Teaching Habits and Attitudes for 21st Century Learning, and her movement, Choose2Matter. This passionate speaker and educator has encouraged me to be bolder. During day 2 of nErDcampMI, I found myself standing in line with my […]

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Inside Out: Getting Kids Excited About Books by Shannon L. Brown

As the author of a middle grade mystery, I speak to groups of elementary and middle school kids. I’ve been surprised and delighted to discover that just about every one of these kids can get excited about books. It isn’t simply a matter of the story itself pulling them in; kids are used to hearing […]

crooked kind of perfect August 21

Haven’t We All Been There? A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban – Review by Gina Ruffcorn

Reading A Crooked Kind of Perfect caused me to wince and empathize with Zoe as I recalled all of those awkward, icky moments of childhood.  The ones that make you want to have the floor swallow you whole. My most vivid personal example came from second grade.  As a form of catharsis, I will share […]