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Strictly No Elephants

The title and cover alone had me itching to read this picture book–there he is, a boy and his pet elephant (both wearing red scarves!) at a closed door with the sign “Strictly No Elephants“. The boy and his elephant … Continue reading

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Make Lemonade

When fourteen-year-old LaVaughn finds a babysitting job in order to earn money for college (and no one in her whole building has ever been to college), she ends up taking care of Jilly and Jeremy, the children of a seventeen-year-old mother … Continue reading

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Lost in the Sun

Trent is navigating his life of middle school, friendship and perceptions, and in the middle of it all, makes friends with a girl who has a different story every time about the origins of the scar on her face. Mostly, … Continue reading

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News: An Education in Books wrote a book

Dear Readers, Today’s interruption from the regular reviews of books is just that–an interruption (I intend to get back to reviewing books pronto). I wanted you to be some of the first to know that I wrote a picture book, … Continue reading

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Kate and Pippin: An Unlikely Friendship

Kate and Pippin: An Unlikely Friendship by Martin Springett and photographed by Isobel Springett is the true story of a rescued fawn the mutual caring that developed with a Great Dane. Sweet and unlikely, yes, but even more interesting is what happens after … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry Bear

Little Bear visits Caterpillar in the wind, the rain and the cold. Each time, Caterpillar says, “Don’t worry, Bear.” Greg Foley‘s simple text and spare illustrations form a perfect story arc. Themes of friendship, transformation and worrying are within Don’t Worry … Continue reading

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The Lion And The Bird

The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc is a picture book about a lion dressed in overalls who helps out a bird with a broken wing. Because the bird can’t fly south with its flock, it stays the winter … Continue reading

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Like Carrot Juice On A Cupcake

Sometimes we need a light read about life in school, a best friend and the new girl who changes everything. Like Carrot Juice On A Cupcake by Julie Sternberg fits the bill, and it’s in light verse to boot. It’s all hard … Continue reading

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Slog’s Dad

Slog’s Dad, written by David Almond and illustrated by Dave McKean, is a fascinating story about a boy, Slog, who believes the man on the bench is his dad. Nevermind that his dad died. Or that the man looks nothing … Continue reading

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Counting By 7s

What makes a home? Is it a sister? Parents? A brother? A backyard filled with plants, plants you love? This is what I thought about as I read Holly Goldberg Sloan‘s Counting By 7s, a beautifully, thoughtfully written book about twelve-year-old … Continue reading

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