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Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals by Charles Ghigna

September 25, 2016

  In just a few days, children’s author and poet, Charles Ghigna (who also goes by the name, Father Goose) welcomes his newest book – a collection of some of the world’s interesting creatures and animal oddities. Things like the blob fish, the mata mata, and the red-eyed crocodile skink. These STRANGE, UNUSUAL, GROSS & COOL ANIMALS will entice your […]

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Books that can change the world – #MGGetsReal

September 21, 2016

TODAY ReaderKidZ welcomes Shannon Wiersbitzky in a guest post about #MGGetsReal: “…there’s always a kid, sitting on a log, dealing with something tough …write for the kid on the log.” Show up. Sit down on the log too and maybe, just maybe, you’ll change the world…”    Gary Schmidt, two-time Newbery winner. As children, we all read books that talked […]

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Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost, illustrated by Amy June Bates

September 18, 2016

  The weather’s changing and Faith is waiting for the first apple to fall from Aunt Lucy’s tree. That tree, in front of what used to be Aunt Lucy’s house, is now the house where Faith and her brother, Peter, live with their parents. Every year, Faith and Peter anticipate their aunt and uncle’s arrival.  But this […]

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How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett and Adam Rex

September 14, 2016

  Kids love getting the inside scoop. The story behind the story.  HOW THIS BOOK WAS MADE by Mac Barnett and Adam Rex is just that, and more.  This is a book classroom teachers and school librarians will want to add to their collections, not only because its deadpan humor and over-the-top hyperbole invite kids (and adult readers-aloud) into […]

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HUNDRED PERCENT, a perfect book for a middle-grade reader

September 11, 2016

Recently, I was in the grocery store choosing peaches and standing next to another mom who was also shopping. Beside her stood a very bored, very impatient daughter with braces shining on her teeth, a few powdered-over pimples, and a BIG frown. She was not a happy camper until… a sweaty boy in a soccer uniform sauntered by. […]

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Nanobots, Gizmos, and Moving Machines

September 7, 2016

NANOBOTS by Chris Gall Nano + (ro)bot = Nanobot … a machine or robot built on the nanoscale. (That’s very very very very small!) As imagined by Chris Gall, creator of the illustrated children’s books turned Netflix animation series, Dinotrux, NanoBots are not just tiny robots created “late one night, deep down in a musty […]

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Back to school: First day

September 4, 2016

Two new books have recently hit store shelves and both are excellent additions to classroom, home, and library back-to-school collections: SOPHIE’S SQUASH GO TO SCHOOL by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf (Schwartz and Wade, 2016) and SCHOOL’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson (Neal Porter Books, 2016). Fans […]

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