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Movie Night

Movie Night

Looking for a movie that the whole family can enjoy? Here are ten of my favorite films based on children’s books. The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)            When Jared Grace, his twin brother, Simon, and older sister, Mallory, move with their mother to the dilapidated Spiderwick Estate, Jared discovers an old book […]

July 25, 2012 ×

Young Adult (14-18)

YA Favorite: Thirteen Reasons Why

YA Favorite: Thirteen Reasons Why

Have you ever had a book keep you up all night? A book that was so gripping that you just couldn’t bear to put it down? That happened to me, and the book was Thirteen Reasons Why (©2009) by Jay Asher. Teen Clay Jensen comes home from school to find […]

July 23, 2012 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

Modern Classic: Number the Stars

Modern Classic: Number the Stars

Newberry Medal winner Number the Stars (©1989) by Lois Lowry tells a story that centers on Annemarie Johansen, a ten-year-old living in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1943.  Denmark is under Nazi occupation, and Annemarie and her Jewish best friend, Ellen Rosen, have spent the past three years with the constant intimidation […]

July 19, 2012 ×

Picture Books

An Uplifting History Lesson for a Good Cause

An Uplifting History Lesson for a Good Cause

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (©2010) by Barack Obama is a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and how their unique qualities and contributions have helped shape our nation. President Obama explains how the traits of these individuals, from courage and strength to creativity and kindness, exist in […]

July 13, 2012 ×

Picture Books

“Fairly Stupid” (But Incredibly Hilarious)

“Fairly Stupid” (But Incredibly Hilarious)

“A long time ago, people used to tell magical stories of wonder and enchantment. Those stories were called Fairy Tales. Those stories are not in this book.” And so begins the introduction of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (©1992),written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane […]

July 5, 2012 ×