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dharialibrary November 27

Raising Sharp Readers by Colby and Alaina Sharp

7 years ago, we were elated and terrified to welcome the first of our three little readers into the world.  As parents, we don’t do a lot of things right – Breslin’s gone to school with his pants on backwards enough times to verify that.  But, we have managed to turn out three little people […]

miss nelson is missing November 01

Top Ten Characters I Wish I Would’ve Been for Halloween by Cindy Minnich

I’m going to start out by saying that I did dress up this year. And not unlike the year that I dressed up like Death from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic book series, most students didn’t know who I was. I wore loose mismatched clothes and my thick-lensed glasses, carried around a teacup and a wand and pretended […]

photo (40) October 16

Parma Third Graders Interview Oliver Jeffers

My students love everything written by Oliver Jeffers. His new book, Once Upon An Alphabet is one of the hottest books in our third grade classroom. When I was given the opportunity to interview Mr. Jeffers for Nerdy Book Club, it seemed only fitting to have my third graders to conduct the interview instead. We hope […]

el deafo cover September 24

Hearing Things Differently by Terry Thompson

I’m hearing impaired. But you might not know it if you met me. It’s really not something I like to highlight. Most people who know me don’t even realize I wear a hearing aid. I hide it fairly well. In fact, I can get pretty stealthy with it. I watch your lips (Stop covering your […]

The persistence of time September 15

Piles to Go Before I Sleep by Laura M. Jimenez

I try not to compete with others. I try to remember that my reading speed is my reading speed and that it is a pretty fixed variable. And I try to remind myself that those in the children’s literature community who participate in stuff like “book-a-day” challenge do so because they want to expand their […]

Sharon and Kelli July 21

The Magic of Author Visits by Teresa Bunner

Magic. Something we find in Harry Potter books or movies about dragons. But we all know magic doesn’t exist in the “real world.” Or does it? I just wrapped up my third summer running a writing institute for high school students. I’ve come to believe magic does exist and that it happens when you bring […]

the story of fish and snail July 19

Our Top Ten Favorite Picture Book Friendships by Jillian Heise & Kim McSorley

It all started with Elephant & Piggie. A comment about how much I love We Are In a Book led to a question which led to a conversation with Kim which led to a disbelieving look that I had only read the one Elephant & Piggie book, which led to this goal-setting tweet…. Thanks to […]

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Book Trailer Premiere: Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

I read Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan on January 4, 2012. I can still see the tears that soaked the pages of my advanced reader’s copy. I can still hear the reverberating refrain that ran through my head on that cold winter’s day: “I must get this book into as many hands as possible. I […]

The Sixth Annual Book-a-Day Challenge

New guests to our house always say the same thing when walking into our living room for the first time, “Wow, you’ve got a lot of books.” With thirteen bookcases—most double-stacked—and a custom built-in wall unit crammed with books, the principal decorations at the Miller Ranch are book spines. Anna Quindlen said, “I would be […]

Not Guilty by Michael M. Guevara

Somehow this seems like one of those things that I should be embarrassed to admit, but I like watching Judge Judy. Maybe the show serves as a reminder that my own life, for all its chaos, resembles an episode of Leave It To Beaver when compared to the human drama paraded before Judge Judy. It could also be […]