Monthly Archives: December 2011

Sea of Dreams

Dennis Nolan’s wordless picture book stunningly portrays what happens to a little girl’s sand castles after sunset. Beautiful and magical, Sea of Dreams will have you paging through again and again. Activities for wordless picture books include making up a … Continue reading


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Trapped:  How the World Rescued 33 Miners From 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson is a fascinating read about the San José Mine in northern Chile and the teamwork that enabled the thirty-three miners to survive seventeen days … Continue reading

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When my eleven-year-old daughter (soon to be twelve) handed me this book, I read it as soon as I could.  She has good taste in books. Firegirl by Tony Abbott explores disfigurement and friendship through the eyes of wallflower narrator … Continue reading

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Fun with Roman Numerals

Some kids don’t learn Roman numerals in school, and that’s a shame.  Here’s the book to rectify that:  Fun with Roman Numerals by David A. Adler and illustrated by Edward Miller III, who conveniently has Roman numerals after his name. … Continue reading

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Cousins of Clouds: Elephant Poems

If I were an elephant, I could enjoy a mud spa:  “Completely divine, muddy chocolate sublime”.  Tracy Vaughn Zimmer’s poems about elephants are varied, informed and gorgeously presented in Cousins of Clouds. Each page has text boxes with information about … Continue reading

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Inside Out & Back Again

National Book Award winner Thanhha Lai’s beautiful book, Inside Out & Back Again, is Hà’s poetic lament through the Vietnam War, escaping her country and starting life in Alabama as a sponsored refugee family while not knowing the fate of … Continue reading

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The Twelve Days of Christmas in Michigan

Katie visits her Michigander cousin, Will, who gives her uniquely Michigan gifts for the twelve days of Christmas.  In Katie’s letters home, the reader learns all sorts of fun facts about Michigan.  A great collage at the end filled with … Continue reading

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The Twins’ Blanket

The twins outgrow their favourite blanket that they’ve shared since birth, and they argue. The solution? Repurpose the blanket into something new.   Author and illustrator Hyewon Yum, a twin herself, shows the rivalry amongst twins with fun dialogue such … Continue reading

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Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal

A true hero of the Wild West, Bass Reeves captured many outlaws from 1875 to 1907.  Filled with integrity, Bass Reeves’s bravery and ingenuity made for great true stories written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. … Continue reading

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The Death Cure

The third book in the Maze Runner trilogy does answer all our questions about WICKED and why Thomas is special.  Filled with twists and turns, futuristic plots and a plan to save the human race, James Dashner’s The Death Cure shows … Continue reading

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