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NONFICTION – the Latest and Greatest –ORBIS PICTUS AWARDS

January 30, 2013

BRAVO to the 2013 winning book, author and illustrator – MONSIEUR MARCEAU: Actor Without Words Written by Leda Schubert and illustrated by Gérard DuBois, published by Roaring Brook Press, 2012. Informational books for children keep getting better – innovative designs, creative presentations, plus captivating images that often mix photographs and historical papers with colorful art. […]

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Characters, Families, and Challenges: A Personal Story

November 13, 2011

by Ann Jacobus It’s fitting that I’m writing about family from my mother’s house where I’m staying for a few weeks to help out. She is under hospice care after battling colon and lung cancer for the last two years. Families are there for us when we encounter hardships and challenges. In real life this […]

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Outside of a Dog

October 18, 2011

OUTSIDE OF A DOG by Ann Jacobus Groucho Marx said, “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Animals can enrich children’s lives. Books about animals do, too. While so many children’s books personify animals—and I loved Stuart Little fiercely at a tender […]

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Home Reading Strategies

September 27, 2011

Beyond the Reading Log by Bruce Frost Teaching and sharing of reading is not the sole territory of teachers and librarians. In fact, home reading is integral to the process of becoming a stronger, lifelong reader. When parents hear the term “home reading”, many picture the daily reading logs sent home each week. The only […]

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Learning Empathy from Books: How Different We Are Not

September 14, 2011

Learning Empathy from Books: How Different We Are Not By Ann Jacobus We humans are different on the surface: varying by gender, color, sexuality, religion, cultural traditions, socio-economic status, and age. Some of us are not as able-bodied as others, and a percentage of us are left handed or introverted. Some of us like to […]

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Books – Constant Friends, Patient Teachers

May 31, 2011

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~ Charles W. Eliot As far as we’re concerned, June 1st means summer is here! Some schools have already closed their doors, others are a week or more away from doing […]

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Poetry Resources for Teachers

May 1, 2011

Check out these valuable links from Dr. Tricia Stohr-Hunt (Faculty member, School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Richmond). This collection of 30 days of poetry -  posted on The Miss Rumphius Effect – is thematically grouped by curricular subject and/or topic and is an excellent resource to return to often when searching […]

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