Monthly Archives: April 2011

Up Close: Harper Lee

Harper Lee is one of the mysterious authors, one-hit wonder by choice. How can someone write the amazing To Kill A Mockingbird and then stop writing?  Or maybe, stop having the writing published.  This book offers many insights into Harper … Continue reading

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Dancing in the Wings

From big feet to dancing the role of a lifetime, Dancing in the Wings is a modern day fairy tale by dancer Debbie Allen. Sassy is taller than her fellow dancers, has bigger feet and an attitude to match her … Continue reading

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Steady Hands: Poems About Work

Thirty-five insightful poems, flanked by “Morning” and “Night”, take us into the lives of workers who do more than what the average observer sees.  Tracy Vaughn Zimmer shows us a janitor who “senses all the secret wishes a building whispers … Continue reading


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Song of the Trees

Mildred Taylor’s first book, Song of the Trees, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, is full of vivid characters (the Logan family) and vivid landscape.  Cassie and her family are bullied into letting their trees be cut down for profit, until David … Continue reading

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Interrupting Chicken

Familiar bedtime stories get changed around when Interrupting Chicken is around.  A little red chicken jumps into Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and Chicken Little, passing out sage advice and abruptly ending every story. Funny and full of character, … Continue reading

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Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest

Narrated by big sister and neat-freak Olivia, Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest shows the foibles of Sophie as she navigates life in her free-spirited way.  Judith Viorst creates memorable and endearing characters while Robin Preiss Glasser captures their spirits in … Continue reading

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We Are in a Book

Mo Willems is unmatchable in easy reader books.  This book is funny, quirky and suspenseful, all wrapped up in a delightful read.  Parents, you won’t get tired of kids reading this one to you.  Just make sure they use lots … Continue reading

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Find new favourites and timeless treasures

This blog is an archive of all the best books in children’s literature.  Updated frequently, it includes new books as well as classics, with teaching points and links to more activities. I invite you to read the books, rate and … Continue reading

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Underground to Canada

Extensive research went into Barbara Smucker’s Underground to Canada, which is about four people escaping slavery by following the underground railroad to freedom. Shockingly realistic, Julilly, Liza, Adam and Lester’s heartrending trip toward freedom in the face of slave catchers … Continue reading

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It Could Have Been Worse

For Monday mornings and a smidgen of optimism, read It Could Have Been Worse by A.H. Benjamin and illustrated by Tim Warnes.  While Mouse makes his way home, he keeps falling into holes and rivers, not realizing these accidents have … Continue reading

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