Archive for January, 2013

Children’s Literature Awards Announced Today

    It’s Newbery Award time! The American Library Association has once again awarded the annual youth media awards to deserving authors and illustrators who published exemplary work in 2012.  The winners are: Newbery Medal: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Caldecott Medal:  This is Not My Hat by John Klassen Printz Award:  In Darkness by Nick […]

Groundhog Day Books are Running Scared Off the Shelves

   Groundhog’s Day is a day that elementary kids love.  Heck, we all love a holiday based on a large rodent shrieking in fear and running away.  So in anticipation of the fun that is Groundhog’s Day, check out one of our books and share it with your class (or roommates, they love GHD, too).  […]

You Get What You Get (and you don’t throw a fit)

   New to our collection is You Get What You Get by Julie Gassman, the story of a little squirrel, Melvin,  who doesn’t handle disappointment very well.  A lot of life’s little bumps set him off on a tantrum until he starts school and has to obey his teacher’s rule:  you get what you get and you […]

Today is A. A. Milne’s Birthday

   Celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh and honor A. A. Milne on the 131st anniversary of his birth.  We have a nice collection of Milne related books.  Some Milne quotes to enjoy: “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”  Winnie-the-Pooh […]

Snow Day Titles

     January in Ohio is notorious for for icy, blustery weather with temperatures that dip too low for little ones to get to school safely.  Sometimes the snow will start to fall in the evening and continue all night long making the roads impassible in the morning.  Those times are sweet for students, teachers, and […]

Lemonade in Winter

   We have a cool (and sour) new kid’s book called Lemonade in Winter:  A Book About Two Kids Counting Money.  While it’s true that it is a book about counting money, it is so much more than that.  Pauline and John-John decide to open a lemonade stand in the middle of winter, but they […]

Never Fall Down

      I just finished a gripping new novel by Patricia McCormick titled Never Fall Down.  It is the story of Arn Chorn-Pond, who as a child is caught up in the overtaking of  Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge.  Forced apart from his family and worked nearly to death, he survives by becoming a musician for the enemy, and  is […]

New Look: Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database

  The wonderful Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database has updated its look.  The functionality is the same, but the look has improved. Check it out  here.

Prepare a Lesson About Martin Luther King, Jr.

   Every year at this time our resources on civil rights activist and minister, Martin Luther King, Jr are in great demand.  If you think you might need MLK resources start by looking in our catalog here or here.    Many resources are available on the web such as Scholastic, National Park Service, US Gov, Science […]

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