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“Princess Cora, are you being a good girl?”

April 25, 2017

  Who says being a princess is so great? Not Cora, the heroine of the silly, delightful book PRINCESS CORA AND THE CROCODILE (Candlewick Press), written by Laura Amy Schlitz and illustrated by Brian Floca. Cora’s tired of being good. Her nanny makes her take three baths a day and her mother makes her read […]

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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

April 17, 2017

ReaderKidZ welcomes Karen Jameson with today’s guest post: “Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing.” This quote, by children’s author and poet Lucille Clifton, inspired the title of Kwame Alexander’s latest poetry offering, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (Candlewick, March 2017). Published just in time to welcome Poetry Month, this gorgeous picture […]

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“Everybody, sing it!”

March 21, 2017

  Pete Seeger was born with music in his bones. So begins this inspirational picture book biography about one of America’s most famous, beloved folk singers, Pete Seeger, Stand Up and Sing! Folk Music, and the Path to Justice, (Bloomsbury 2017), written by Susannah Reich and illustrated by Adam Gustavson. Seeger came of age during […]

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Princess Posey and the First Grade Play

March 15, 2017

  The first graders in Posey’s class are reading about bees and plan a play to share what they’ve learned with the other first grade classes. Caitlyn certainly knows a lot about bees. Her mother’s even given her a small yellow eraser in the shape of a bee.  “Who cares about an old eraser?” Posey says […]

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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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Pug Meets Pig by Sue Lowell Gallion

October 16, 2016

  PUG Meets PIG (Beach Lane Books/S&S, 2016) by Sue Lowell Gallion, illustrated by Joyce Wan Life is good. Pug has a nice home, a bowl with his name on it, and a yard where he works. He even has a soft bed all his own.  It’s everything he needs and a little bit more.  Until […]

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