Summer Storms: A Reading List

Aug 16 2019
Late summer means thunderstorms and, sometimes, hurricanes, too. Our collection of storm-themed books can be used to learn courage in the face of bad weather and to find resilience in times of change that we cannot control. [continue reading]

16 Books for Summer Reading

Jul 16 2019
Summer is here, and kids are looking forward to playing outside and enjoying the warm weather while swimming, riding their bikes and exploring. It’s also an excellent time for reading. Even though school is out, kids can still keep learning by reading over the summer. Public libraries make that more fun with their summer reading [continue reading]

Literature in Context: A Literary Guide for Maple Syrup Season

Mar 19 2019
In late winter when the days are warm but the nights are still cold, the sap starts to run in sugar maples. Throughout New England, buckets and tubing begin to adorn trees, and the steady plinking of sap dripping into buckets can be heard throughout the sugarbush. This month’s literature guide spotlights titles that can [continue reading]

Bedside Reading: A Collection of Five

Aug 27 2013
Cheli shares five books she currently has at her bedside – a wild assortment of fiction and nonfiction, with a handful of kids’ books thrown in the mix! All have captured her attention and praise, and this month she shares them with you… [continue reading]

Literary Guide for Robert McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings”

Aug 19 2013
“Make Way for Ducklings,” written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey, is our featured title this week in our Summer Reading Resource series. This downloadable literature guide, written for use with 1st & 2nd grade students, includes outlines for activities that call for readers to create their own list of rhyming family names, write a new [continue reading]

Literary Guide for Roald Dahls’ “Danny the Champion of the World”

Jul 29 2013
Our Summer Reading Resource Literary Guide series continues this week with Roald Dahl classic, “Danny the Champion of the World.” The literature guide is written with 4th grade students in mind, but the story can be easily read and appreciated by younger students who have begun reading chapter books… a fun book for bedtime read-aloud [continue reading]

7 Children’s Books that Embody Peace

Apr 23 2013
Blessed are the Peacemakers Now more than ever it seems imperative that we engage and embody and choose peace. From events that hit close to home like the Newtown tragedy and the Boston Marathon bombings, to our sisters and brothers all over the world who undergo daily violence, to the violent destruction of our very [continue reading]

Recommended Fiction Titles with Autistic Characters

Apr 7 2013
QUESTION AND ANSWERS One of our readers is looking for a book recommendation written from the perspective of a child with Asperger’s syndrome or autism for their preteen reader. Any suggestions? Amy Meltzer recommends: Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko, and Rules by Cynthia Lord. Kate Holdsworth Hammond recommends: The London Eye Mystery [continue reading]

Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves & Other Female Villains

Mar 26 2013
New Book Portrays History’s Bad Girls with a Modern Twist Delilah. Cleopatra. Anne Bonney. Catherine the Great. Mata Hari. Bonnie Parker. Just a few of history’s bad girls. Or are they? Might they just be misunderstood girls? Smart, strong, outspoken girls? Or girls who are victims of bad circumstance? In their new book, Bad Girls: [continue reading]

George Washington Carver: A Life in Poems

Feb 26 2013
In honor of Black History Month I want to share an extraordinary book about an extraordinary human being: Carver, a life in poems (Front Street, 2001) is an intimate portrait of the botanist, inventor, scientist, artist, musician, and teacher, known as George Washington Carver. Written by acclaimed poet, Marilyn Nelson, the book takes us through [continue reading]

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