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January 18, 2017

Your parents are deaf but you can hear. In this picture book, THE SOUND OF ALL THINGS by Myron Ulberg, a hearing son describes to his father through sign language all the noise and music that surround them as they enjoy the sights of the amusement park, Coney Island. But how do you explain the […]

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you belong here

January 11, 2017

The stars belong in the deep night sky, and the moon belongs there too, and the winds belong in each place they blow by, and I belong here with you.                        — by M.H. Clark Soothing rhythms calm and reassure young readers in this lyrical picture […]

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TALKING LEAVES by Joseph Bruchac

January 2, 2017

In the mid-1800’s a Cherokee man known as Sequoyah, invented an entire writing system for his people. The Cherokee still to this day use his system. Sequoyah realized the power and importance of keeping one’s tribal language alive. He observed that when a language cannot be written and shared, an alternative language is forced onto […]

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Two Ways to Say “I Love You”

December 18, 2016

  Two ways to say I love you: I HEART YOU by Meg Fleming, illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright (Beach Lane Books, 2016) A tender ode to all the ways little ones are loved and cherished, sung to and snuggled, adored and embraced. Three-word-lines capture these moments in phrases such as this one, when the mother bird and […]

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Mission: Space

December 15, 2016

  Today, ReaderKidZ welcomes Sue Ganz-Schmitt, author of PLANET KINDERGARTEN: 100 Days in Orbit, illustrated by Shane Prigmore (Chronicle, 2016), a clever book in celebration of all things Kindergarten and all things space! DIANNE: Thanks for visiting ReaderKidZ, Sue! Pairing kindergarten and space is pure genius! As the flap copy for PLANET KINDERGARTEN suggests, the book prepares “bold young explorers […]

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When the World Falls Silent…

December 7, 2016

  I knew that BEFORE MORNING (HMH, 2016), another gorgeous collaboration of author Joyce Sidman, and illustrator Beth Krommes, would be stunning. I’ve been a fan of Joyce’s poetry for years and have used many of her Poetry Ideas with students. Similarly, I discovered Beth’s luminous scratchboard illustrations (years before her Caldecott winning picture book, The House in the Night by Susan Marie […]

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Gertie’s Leap to Greatness

December 4, 2016

  Gertie Reese Foy has a plan to become the greatest fifth grader in the whole school. And if there’s anyone who can actually pull it off, it’s Gertie. Her plan starts easily enough. Phase One is supposed to be a breeze. She’ll write and deliver the best summer speech the teacher has ever heard, thereby earning the […]

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