Monthly Archives: March 2016

Traditional Thursdays: Elmer by David McKee

Elmer by David McKee, published in 1968, is a timeless tale about a patchwork-colored elephant named Elmer. He is yellow and orange and red and pink and purple and blue and green and black and white. But, all the other elephants were the same grey “elephant color.” Elmer felt different. Just because Elmer was different […] Continue reading

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Winner Wednesday’s Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

What does it mean to shine a light in a world full of darkness? What does it mean to bring hope to the world through something as small as making pottery and writing poetry? These are the ideas rooted deep in the children’s book Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave.  This children’s book is not so […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays- “Ish” by Peter H. Reynolds

For a lot of children, art is unnecessarily hard, mainly due to criticism and assessment from their teachers. Young kids are turned away from creativity because they are focused on a “right” or “wrong” way of doing things. Ish took on the bold challenge of addressing this negative stigma by proposing the idea that art […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Book Mondays: The Magical Fantastical Fridge

In The Magical Fantastical Fridge, written by Harlan Coben and illustrated by Leah Tinari, a young boy named Walden finds himself on an adventure within the pictures, drawings, takeout menus, and invitations on his family’s refrigerator.  Walden is initially bored as his mother asks him to set the table for their weekly dinner with his extended […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: Water is Water

In Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle, author Miranda Paul and illustrator Jason Chin effectively combine poetic textual elements with realistic watercolor illustrations to take the reader on a narrative journey with a brother and sister through the seasons. During each season, the brother and sister experience water in its various forms: […] Continue reading

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Little Critter’s Traditional Thursday

By Kathleen Stevens Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter books are great for parents and teachers of young children to have handy. The small readers feature a family of friendly “critters” and follow Little Critter as he confronts the many changes that accompany growing up into a “big critter.” Mayer describes these events from the perspective of […] Continue reading

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New Tradition Thursday

Children and adults alike thrive off of routine and tradition. Predictable days are the easiest, while days with surprise disruptions tend to be more difficult. Change in routine is often a challenging transition, especially for children. In her autobiographical book A Year Without Mom, Dasha Tolstikova chronicles change on many levels. She writes of change in […] Continue reading

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Voyager 1- Interstellar Travel

In 2013, after almost four decades of space traveling, Voyager 1 became the first man-made object to leave our solar system. The most amazing detail of this great accomplishment? The Voyager has 175,000,000 million times less computing power than the Apple iPhone 5 and its “memory card” is measured in kilobytes.  For those who aren’t […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Winner Wednesdays: Arrow to the Sun

Arrow to the Sun: a Pueblo Indian Tale is the 1974 Caldecott winner by Gerald McDermott. Focusing on a folktale belonging to the Pueblo Indians, fans of mythology will be very familiar with the story. It has a similar structure to Hercules, following a son who endures trials to prove himself worthy to take his rightful […] Continue reading

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Climate Change

Image Source Volcano activity is one of the most important factors that affect global climate change. Strong volcanic eruptions will release huge amounts of SO2 and sulfate aerosols that will strongly absorb solar radiation into the stratosphere, creating a global layer of sulfuric acid haze and cooling the Earth’s climate for more than 1 year. […] Continue reading Continue reading

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