Monthly Archives: October 2012

Purple, Green, and Yellow by Robert Munsch

Brigid loves to draw, but she quickly tires of her drawing materials. One day she asks her mother for some markers, but her mother knows better. She tells Brigid that children draw on the walls and the floor and that it never comes out. But Brigid tells her mom about the new washable markers that […] Continue reading

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I Pledge Allegiance by Bill Martin Jr. & Michael Sampson

Classroom teachers are often looking for books that lend themselves to integration across subjects.  If you want a way to intertwine children’s literature with American history and civic education, look no further. I Pledge Allegiance by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson is a cross-curricular gem. In I Pledge Allegiance, Martin Jr. and Sampson examine […] Continue reading

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Charley’s First Night by Amy Hest

Charley’s First Night by Amy Hest is a heartwarming story that couldn’t seem any more appropriate as winter draws closer and closer. This story follows a puppy’s first night at his new home – Henry has just brought Charlie home as winter’s first snow falls from the sky. Henry’s parents have set up rules about […] Continue reading

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Author Voice: Whose Dissertation is This Anyway?

I recently sent a committee member part of my dissertation for some feedback.  It was only a few days before I received an email back with my Word document attached containing comments, suggestions, and changes all documented with the wonderful feature … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

William Joyce’s The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore highlights a man whose story had yet to be told. Morris, who loved books and stories, writes his own story into a book—“he would open it every morning and write of his joys and sorrows, of all that he knew and everything that he hoped […] Continue reading

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Cinderella by Jane Ray

The beauty of Cinderella: A Three Dimensional Fairy-Tale Theater lies in the format and illustrations of the book. This is a new gem to add to the bookshelf, as it was first published October 4, 2012. This is Jane Ray’s second publication of this sort, with her first being a three-dimensional theater of Snow White. […] Continue reading

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Papa’s Mark by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert

        Papa’s Mark by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert, is a picture book that tells the story of one African-American man getting to cast his vote for the first time after the Fifteenth Amendment, through the eyes of his son. The father is taught how to write his name by his son, so that he […] Continue reading

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Make Magic! Do Good! by Dallas Clayton

A book not yet released, how exciting! Make Magic Do Good is a collection of poems from an author who has gained some recent popularity, Dallas Clayton. His previous books have been the Awesome Book series, and this is his first published poetry collection for kids. I’m going to give you a sneak peak because this […] Continue reading

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A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

A Bad Case of Stripes is a good book for helping children to realize that it is always best to be themselves and enjoy what they like despite what other people think, even if this book does take the results of trying to fit in to the extreme. Children will love the colorful pictures and […] Continue reading

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Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Same, Same but Different is a story about a unique set of penpals.  One lives in Nepal and the other lives in the United States.  What makes them different is that instead of writing to each other, the bulk of their correspondence is made up of drawings of their homes.  This inspiring book is based […] Continue reading

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