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Librarian’s Corner: “Poetry Friday” Poems About Nature

October 23, 2014

Today, guest blogger Monica Harris picks six great poetry collections to help kids learn about natural science. POETRY– like the sound of waves crashing on the shoreline, poetry can provide a rhythmic and emotionally stimulating way of looking at the world around us. Without actually studying the mechanics of poetry, young readers can appreciate the […]

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Librarian’s Corner: The Natural World in Fiction

October 21, 2014

This week, guest blogger Monica Harris has picked a peck of nonfiction, fiction and poetry that will feed young readers hungry for information about the natural world. Today is fiction. For readers who want to discover the natural world through a story setting, there are plenty of books that deal with the environment, animals, and […]

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Librarian’s Corner: Guest Blogger Monica Harris Picks Natural World Reads

October 19, 2014

Having a teaching background, I know how important it is to be able to explain a concept six different ways for six different types of learners. So when it comes to sharing the natural world with readers, why limit their exposure to just one ‘explanation’ or genre? This week, let’s examine inspiration for kids in […]

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Not Very Scary

October 16, 2014

Searching for a Halloween book that’s not scary? Then be sure to have a peek at NOT VERY SCARY by Carol Brendler, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, winner of the 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. This cumulative tale is rich with repetition, alliteration, and one brave little monster – Melly – who is – well, maybe – just […]

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Pumpkin Time!

October 14, 2014

Growing up on the Canadian plains, I have fond memories of gardening alongside my mother and grandmother and reveling in the sheer magic of seeing vegetables sprout from once tiny seeds. My brother and I used to hide behind towering corn stalks and pluck pea pods off vines and author Erzsi Deàk and illustrator Doug […]

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Plastic Ahoy: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

October 12, 2014

You’re probably already aware that, worldwide, one of the most pressing environmental issues we face today is that of plastic pollution. However, did you know that infinitesimal amounts of plastic debris have accumulated in such way that five continent-like gyres have formed in our planet’s oceans? Dangerous gyres that endanger every ocean bound organism living […]

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VOICES FROM AROUND THE WORLD in BOOKS CELEBRATED by IBBY

October 10, 2014

IBBY Honors Inclusion of all Voices in Books From Around the World The International Board of Books for Young People – IBBY – held their congress in September in Mexico City. IBBY introduced their 2014 Honor List, a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books honoring writers, illustrators, and translators from around the world. The […]

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