Tag Archives: children’s literature

When You Reach the Best Novel Ever

It’s booktalking season for some librarians, including me, and so I’ve been re-reading and reviewing some of my favorite children’s novels. I’ve been thinking a lot (and discussing with my colleagues) about which ones “hold up well” with kids, especially … Continue reading

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Ireland Isn’t Populated by Leprechauns?

St. Patrick’s Day: kind of a weird American holiday, and some of the books about it are sort of … off. When I lived in Ireland, I did not see any evidence of a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. It seemed … Continue reading

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Dr. Seuss, My Frenemy

I’m not going to trash Dr. Seuss on his birthday, but I do want to agree with many other kids’ lit bloggers that The Lorax really shouldn’t have been made into a movie: ever. It’s the perfect book. Just read … Continue reading

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Birds Matter

A beloved pet bird of mine died today, plus February is National Feed the Birds month, so I’m going to write on my favorite books on birds. Flyaway: How a Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings by … Continue reading

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Great Read Aloud Books for Black History Month

February is Black History month, and there are many great titles for kids and teens which illustrate some aspect of African American history. Often young readers gravitate toward the shorter titles: surprise, surprise. I’m going to focus on four excellent … Continue reading

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Favorite Books Featuring African-American Characters

Many of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day book displays feature books which deal primarily with the Civil Rights movement or African-American historical figures. Recently I had a parent ask for children’s books which are not issue-based (historical fiction) but … Continue reading

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Character Spotlight: The Penderwicks

If I had to name my top five favorite books from when I was a child, Little Women would definitely be in it: I wanted to be Jo, the tomboy writer, and I was envious of and fascinated by the … Continue reading

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