Zack Delacruz High REZ August 04

Everyday Books for Everyday Life by Jeff Anderson

In fifth grade, I loved reading any book with Henry Huggins in it. The book that hooked me on reading, in fact, was Ribsy by Beverly Cleary (who until adulthood I called Beverly Clearly).   Today my first middle grade novel, Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth (Sterling, 2015) debuts in bookstores across the […]

Sketch11319220 August 03

The Connections of My Reading Life by Virginia Pratt

Reading is such a natural part of my everyday life that, at first, I struggled to do any writing about my “Reading Life.”  I was afraid it would seem quite mundane –doesn’t everyone have a Reading Life?  Upon reflection, I realized it probably isn’t all that usual to spend more money every year on books […]

ShadowsSherwood_003_cata August 02

The Robin Hood Within by Kekla Magoon

I’ve always enjoyed Robin Hood stories. I was first introduced to him in my childhood through the Disney cartoon movie, in which Robin and Maid Marian are played by foxes and other animals form the rest of the cast of characters. I began to seek out other stories about this legendary outlaw, and I delighted […]

hesitant readers recs August 01

Top Ten Authors Recommended for Hesitant Young Readers by Tiffiny Spire

During the twelve years I spent teaching elementary school, I made it a personal goal to help each of my students discover the joy of reading. I always had a few authors up my sleeve to tempt those hesitant readers.  With the help of librarians and fellow teachers, I’ve added more to my list.  In […]

Sketch113194837 July 31

Breaking Some Chains by Marcie Mann

Ah, summer. I’m new at my school and I’ve been shocked this past school year by the lack of reading my students are doing, despite a strong collection.  So, as you may imagine, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to get students to read more. Amendment: I’ve been thinking a lot about how to […]

george's secret key to the universe July 30

George’s Secret Key To The Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking – Retro Review by Mahriya Zahid

If you love Doctor Who, then you’ll definitely love this book. This book is all about space and the universe. It starts off as a pretty normal book but soon turns into a place of mystery, danger and a whole new world. I simply picked this book from a random shelf in the library and […]

how it went down July 29

How Did It Go Down? by Kara Rosenberg

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon starts with an all-too-familiar scenario: a black teenager, Tariq, is shot by a white man in a poor, urban neighborhood that could take place in any city in America at any point in the recent (or not-so-recent) past. The novel begins with what seems like a straightforward police […]

Over in the Wetlands July 28

Resilience and Restoration — Over in the Wetlands: A Hurricane-on-the-Bayou Story by Caroline Starr Rose and Rob Dunlavey

I moved to Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana in 2007, a few months short of Hurricane Katrina’s second anniversary. To see the marks of devastation New Orleans still carried, to hear the daily conversations, it was clear Katrina, “the single most catastrophic natural disaster in U.S. history,” had left a lasting impact on countless lives.   What […]

Sketch11319220 July 27

Of Gender, Growth, and Change by Michael M. Guevara

Years ago, I had what I called my summer of chick lit. I read some Alice Seabold, Lisa See, and Nicholas Sparks. I teased and joked about it to others before they could pass judgment on my reading selections. When I read Gone Girl recently, I also thwarted any unwanted criticism by announcing to anyone […]

marvels July 26

Selznick’s Secret Doorways by Jason Griffith

The neat thing about seeing Van Gogh’s paintings live and in-person is that you can clearly see the brush strokes in the texture of the paint. It only takes a little imagination to picture Van Gogh madly dashing and dabbing his way across the canvas. In June, I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art for […]