hundred-percent_fc October 25

Tink’s Top Ten Stories of Secret Lives of (Sometimes) Crime by Karen Romano Young

Somebody asked me what books Tink liked.  Almost all, is the answer. Comics and graphics,  books about the Fibonacci series, biographies of Jackie Robinson and Harvey Milk and other people who fought for justice.  But most of all just regular novels, some so old her mother read them, some older, some new. And lately she […]

Sketch113194837 October 24

The Beginnings of my Reading Life by Caroline Petrow

I am an ambivalent reader.  I always have been. That is, until a few months ago. As a child I learned to read with little difficulty and fondly remember childhood books. Examples of avid readers fill my life including my librarian grandmother carrying a book everywhere, my mother pouring over novels during summer nights on […]

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Of Hamilton and Hoof stock: Why I Wrote a Middle Grade Novel as a Play by Erica Perl

(to the tune of Alexander Hamilton, from the Broadway musical, Hamilton)   How does a hairy, homely, world’s largest rodent and a pest, who most of South America detests, Be found today – hooray! – in a novel that’s a play? And the kids want to read this way? What’s this book, man?   Capybara […]

mouse-was-mad October 22

Ten Great Read Alouds to Promote Social Emotional Learning by Louise Prescott

Social Emotional Learning is one of the current buzzwords in education. Helping children acquire the skills needed to recognize their feelings and the feelings of others, and then learn to control their emotions and build positive relationships are important in order to be successful. For more information on SEL, visit my website of resources here. […]

Sketch113194837 October 21

“Just Right” Books: So Much More Than a Level by Melanie Fuemmeler

“Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.” – Marcus Zusak I recently worked in a classroom helping students understand what it means to have a “just right” book in their hands.  Before beginning the lesson I […]

the-fog-of-forgetting October 20

The Fog of Forgetting by G. A. Morgan – Retro Review by Melissa Guerrette

I confess: Fantasy novels often get stuck in my Someday book stack.   No matter how many of my Nerdy friends profess their love for fantasy novels like The Chronicles of Narnia or how emphatically they recommend A Wrinkle in Time, delving into another world that expects me to leave behind the constructs I am […]

findingperfect_final October 19

Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz – Review by Bridget Hodder

  Most of us have done it, at one time or another.   We’ve joked about being “kind of OCD.”   We say it when our colleague keeps his desk meticulously neat; when our friend goes back to the salon the instant she gets a chip in her nail polish; when we check our phones […]

brightwood October 18

Imaginary People and Their Imaginary Friends by Tania Unsworth

  I had a problem that only an imaginary friend could solve.   I wanted to write a story about a girl left all alone in a beautiful yet crumbling stately home. Born in one of its many rooms, she has never once set foot outside the grounds. The home (which happens to be called […]

image1-1 October 17

Hijacked by Hamilton by Joanne Kelleher

School is back in session, and we are in full swing; summer is a distant memory. I am sad to see summer go because with it goes the lazy days of endless reading. It a reading season that starts in the middle of June with the preparation. I review the Newbery contenders, I revisit the […]

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Cover Reveal of Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

I’ve been writing books since I was eight years old, and for most of my life, I wrote just for myself. I wrote because I had stories in my head, and I wanted to see how they’d end.  I wrote because I loved to play with words.  I scribbled my books, and bound them in […]