Monthly Archives: November 2012

Give Books by Katherine Sokolowski

When I was growing up I always looked forward to Christmas. Of course I looked forward to traditions we shared, food we made, and family I saw – but I really was excited about the gifts. (Just being honest here!) And although my gifts evolved over time, the gift I received from our close family […]

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – Review by Kay McGriff

I don’t remember the first time I read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (probably sometime during my high school or college years), but every year that I have been teaching eighth grade I make it my mission to put this little book in the hands of just the right reader.  I love it when the magic […]

All That Matters Is That It’s True by David Rubel

In high school, I usually got B+’s in English. I was an excellent grammarian and did quite well on reading comprehension tests, but I struggled with the creative writing assignments. Years later, I realized why. It wasn’t that I lacked imagination (which my teachers sometimes scribbled on the bottom of my efforts); it was that I was […]

Why Talking Rats Matter by W.H. Beck

Last Tuesday night, my family and I settled in front of the TV. It felt like a Friday—because of Thanksgiving, no more school or work for the week. We clicked on an episode of one of our current favorites, Once Upon a Time. And as we watched, I brainstormed a list of potential blog topics […]

Books as Friends by Crystal Brunelle

For as long as I can remember, books have been my friends. Lacking Facebook, Twitter, and cell phones, maintaining friendships with actual people was quite difficult as my family moved around many, many times, but books were everywhere I went.    In Ohio, as a preschool kiddo, I was treated to many read-alouds before my […]

2012 Nerdy Book Club Award Nominations by Donalyn Miller

I know you are still reading. I am still reading, too. We will never stop reading, but sometimes we need to take a moment, reflect, and celebrate the books we have enjoyed and shared. It is time for the second annual Nerdy Book Club Awards, the Nerdies. In a sea of end-of-year book lists and […]

Top Ten Fun Math Books by Sue VanHattum

If you haven’t already seen some of these, you may have trouble imagining a fun math book. Get ready to expand your mind. In order by the age and sophistication of the readers who’d enjoy them, here are ten of my favorites … Quack and Count, by Keith Baker (ages 2 to 7) This is […]

Book-School Year Tradition by Jen Vincent

The holidays are here and with them come traditions. I’ll never forget my son’s first Christmas. All of a sudden, I felt overwhelmed with the need to establish traditions that we would do every year. I looked back at my childhood and recognized great memories with my family that I was excited to give to […]

The Cybil War by Betsy Byars – Reviewed by Teresa Mapson-Reddish

  The Cybil War by Betsy Byars First published: 1981     I can remember the first time I read this book, 30 years ago when I was a sixth grader at Forest Road Elementary School.  Betsy Byars seemed to be speaking directly to me in the confused language of pre-adolescents where boys and girls […]

Audiobook Review: The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy – Review by Beth Shaum

Did you know the princes who saved Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty weren’t actually named “Charming” as we so often believe? No, these men have real names: Liam, Duncan, Frederic and Gustav to be exact. So why are they all named “Charming” in their fairy tale tropes? Well, the bards in charge of telling their stories can’t seem […]