My post is up over on the Nerdy Book Club. Click over to read why I write and what I watched over Thanksgiving Break.
1.) We drove to Dayton, Ohio this week for my grandfather’s funeral. Aside from the obvious reasons, it was bittersweet because, after visiting Dayton for 41 years, I’m not sure when I’ll be back now. 2.) One of my grandpa’s hospice workers performed at his service. Yes, performed. She brought a guitar and sang songs. Songs that she sang when… Read more →
Yay, the final book in the “Friends for Keeps” series comes out this week! This one I read as an ARC. Then some savvy fifth graders spied it on my desk, convinced me to slap a barcode on it, and I didn’t see it again until the last day of school. Enjoy!
I’m talking about new poetry books for middle graders over on Project Mayhem this morning. Go take a peek!
Tuesdays I highlight a book (usually picture) that is popular (or should be!) in my library. Today’s book is THAT PESKY RAT by Lauren Child. That pesky rat wants to be a pet like all the other animals he knows, so he puts an ad up on the wall in the pet store. Luckily, near-sighted Mr. Fortesque read “cat” and… Read more →
A grumpy retired search-and-rescue dog finds himself in a missing chick mystery in this funny chapter book. Much to enjoy–this has been on constant checkout in my library. And now there’s a sequel!
Tuesdays I highlight a book (usually picture) that is popular (or should be!) in my library. Today’s book is BROTHERS AT BAT by Audrey Vernick. Baseball season started this week in our house. Here’s a math problem, just so you know what my life will be like for the next couple of months: 2 boys X (3 practices + 2… Read more →
Received this as an ARC and before I could even get a good look at it, my own household fourth grader (Colonel Mustard) gobbled it up in one sitting. That’s always a good endorsement, since Colonel Mustard very rarely actually sits. Even at the dinner table! But that’s another post, perhaps . . . Fangbone’s an under-appreciated/overlooked warrior from Skullbania,… Read more →
I adore this book. And while it’s home is in the “easy fiction” (picture book) section of my library, it’s the older kids it resonates with. The kids who have had an encounter or two with a grown-up who is just plain . . . mean. And scary. That’s Miss Breakbone, their teacher. A teacher so awful she keeps an… Read more →
Tuesdays I highlight a book (usually picture) that is popular (or should be!) in my library. Today’s book is I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE by Edward Gibbs. It’s an animal guessing game with colors and a fact as clues! What you can’t see is the cut-out for each eye that makes the hidden animal look like it’s peeking at… Read more →