Monthly Archives: August 2011

Alphabeasties and other Amazing Types

All about letters and typeface, this creative book by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss shows the many fonts of each letter, which mood each letter invokes and an animal made of each letter (sort of like Plensa who makes sculptures … Continue reading

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Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

Let’s face it. Some things grow and others don’t. How’s a kid to know the difference? “If an owlet grows and becomes an owl, can a washcloth grow and become a towel?” Susan A. Shea’s clever rhymes get those thinking … Continue reading


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The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School

For a fresh take on an old favourite, read Laura Murray’s The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School.  Instead of being baked at home by a little old woman, this one is baked at school, but is left behind when … Continue reading

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Hush, one of Jacqueline Woodson’s novels for teens, is a beautifully written, realistic book about Evie, who used to be Toswiah from Denver before the whole family had to move because her dad testified against fellow cops in a murder … Continue reading

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Man on the Moon

Read about the first man on the moon in verse by Anastasia Suen and luminously illustrated by Benrei Huang.  Don’t miss the author’s note on the last page for additional details about the author and space.  Did you know one … Continue reading

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The Chalk Box Kid

When Gregory moves to a new house surrounded by concrete, he has to share a bedroom with his uncle and go to a new school where it’s hard to make a good start.  After a special guest speaker comes to … Continue reading

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True (…sort of)

Delly is always getting into trouble, even when she’s trying to avoid it by making up cuss words like “chizzle”.  Only RB, her little brother, seems to see the good in her, until Ferris Boyd moves into town.  Ferris Boyd … Continue reading

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Art for Kids: Drawing

For a comprehensive drawing book for upper elementary and middle schoolers, pick up Kathryn Temple’s Art for Kids: Drawing, The Only Drawing Book You’ll Ever Need to Be the Artist You’ve Always Wanted to Be.  Included among the many great … Continue reading

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