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Weekends with Max and His Dad

May 25, 2016
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A book about a barnacle? Yes!

May 18, 2016

BARNACLE IS BORED by Jonathan Fenske Poor Barnacle. He’s bored, bored, bored. The tide goes in… The tide goes out… What’s a bored barnacle to do? This story is perfectly adorable, bringing not only a light touch to the universal problem of boredom, but a gentle reminder that, sometimes things are better than they appear […]

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The Dino Files: A Mysterious Egg

May 15, 2016

The Dino Files: A Mysterious Egg by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Mike Boldt (Random House, 2016) Frank’s grandparents own the Dinosaur Education Center of Wyoming and each year he gets to spend the entire summer vacation there, without his parents.  There’s nothing better than helping Gram in the field. Unfortunately for Frank, a bad case of sunburn means the dig […]

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WAKE UP, ISLAND Listen, taste, wander!

May 8, 2016

WAKE UP, ISLAND (University of Minnesota Press) What a beautiful, engaging combination – Mary Casanova’s lyrical but stirring, “wake-up” language and Nick Wroblewski’s handmade woodcut block prints as illustrations. I can imagine having a little one snuggling close as I read about the slow, sensuous waking up of the many creatures in a Minnesota north woods […]

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THE SEAGOING COWBOY, Repairing a Broken World

May 4, 2016

  World War II had just ended. Families in Europe were starving. Many were homeless. Farmers had lost their livestock, their fields, even the seeds needed to be replanted. THE SEAGOING COWBOY describes in simple, effective words and illustrations the relief program, Heifer International, that sent over 200,000 horses, mules, and heifers to families devastated […]

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Librarian’s Corner Guest Post: Megan Fink’s Summer Reading Picks

May 1, 2016

It’s a pleasure to welcome Megan Fink back to ReaderKidZ with more terrific reading picks. Younger Readers The Princess and the Giant by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton (978-0763680077) A charming fairy tale retold for today’s young girls a la Jack and the Beanstalk but with a new twist on friendship saving the day. Sophie is […]

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A Mix of Concrete Poems

April 24, 2016

WET CEMENT: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka Bob Raczka seems the kind of poet and artist who loves taking the phrase “playing with words” and turning it on its head. In his newest, WET CEMENT, he writes: I like to think of poems as word paintings. A poet uses words like colors […]

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