May 2011

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Books – Constant Friends, Patient Teachers

May 31, 2011

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~ Charles W. Eliot As far as we’re concerned, June 1st means summer is here! Some schools have already closed their doors, others are a week or more away from doing […]

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3 Tbsp Fun + 1 Cup Imagination = 4 Excellent Summer Books

May 25, 2011

Humorous books for emerging readers are sometimes hard to find, but just in time for summer, ReaderKidZ has tracked down a few favorite picks –  a new graphic novel series, a brand-new early chapter mystery, and a collection of poems from the father of nonsense poetry, Edward Lear. BABYMOUSE: MAD SCIENTIST (#14) by Jennifer L. […]

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Through it All, Friends and Family

May 22, 2011

While last week’s Pack a Book for Summer! selections were on the lighter side, this week’s books tend to go deeper into the relationships and emotions of family and friends. It’s another eclectic list. Mostly novels, this time. All, but one, new books published in the last two months. THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL by Kirby Larson […]

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Pack a Book for Summer!

May 16, 2011

It may not seem like summer’s just around the bend, but, for many, the end of the school year is weeks away. While in my part of the country there hasn’t been a lot of sun cluing us in to summer’s imminent arrival, the anticipation *is* building. Summer is, by far, my favorite time of […]

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A Series for Summer Sharing

May 12, 2011

Because of my father’s business, as a child, I was repeatedly transferred to various elementary schools all over the US. I remember being asked if my dad was in ‘the service’. At the time I didn’t know what they we asking. But, prolific author Kimberly Willis Holt certainly does, as is revealed in her absolutely charming Piper Reed series.  Every one of the […]

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Keep Kids Reading!

May 8, 2011

Summer is a time to read for FUN – whatever and whenever.  When I was a kid I would hide a book under my shirt and climb up in my grandmother’s apple tree, away from chores and little brothers.  My dad was a basketball coach, and to raise money for team uniforms, the players and […]

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What’s a Boy to Read This Summer?

May 4, 2011

What’s a Boy to Read This Summer? by Ann Jacobus To find out, I went to an expert. Laura Wolfram is the Director of Library Services at Town School for Boys in San Francisco, where I volunteer. Laura, kids often have assigned summer reading. What can you recommend that the boys generally LIKE to read […]

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