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April 24, 2011


Back in September, School Library Journal ran an article suggesting to new school media specialists/school librarians what they can do to get their career off to a good start. The recommendations were really pretty good and several I couldn’t write better myself. There were just a couple with which I didn’t agree, but my experience […]

book review: Dragon Chica

April 18, 2011


title: Dragon Chica author: May-Lee Chai date: GemmaMedia, Oct 2010 I’m just going out on all kinds of limbs this week! Today, I have my very first video book review! I tried to jazz it up a bit, but my editing skills aren’t good enough. . . yet. This may disappear soon, so enjoy it […]


April 17, 2011


How can we not begin, not only to see but to interact with people who have different beliefs or colors? To me, if we're not growing in our understanding, tolerance, acceptance and inclusion of people of different colors, religions, sizes, sexual preference or income strata then how literate are we? No matter how well we can surf the net or how high our reading level I think we're illiterate if we only see the world through mirror images.

Help Darfur LIbraries

April 16, 2011


I received the following information via email. I’m looking forward to this publication and am excited to know that I can be such a visible part of this project, and so can you! The authors of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, The Princess Diaries, the mega-bestsellers Goosebumps(350 million+ sold) and The Baby-sitters Club (175 million+ sold), the Newbery medal-winning Dicey’s […]

MG Book Reviews

April 10, 2011


Somewhere on a blog I was readin, an author recently posed a question which essentially asked when are MG authors going to start respecting their readers. I’m wondering if the problem is the authors or the editors. I find that in MG books, characters and situations are poorly developed, situations don’t see real and inconsistencies […]

A Day Made For

April 9, 2011


Good morning! If you’re doing the ReadAThon this morning, I hope you have a wonderful, reading filled day! Here in the heartland, we have that slow, gentle rain that could last all day and it seems to fit my need for a slow, gentle day. I’m looking forward to my hour on the treadmill so […]


April 3, 2011


Great news for those of you in the Chicago area! On Tuesday 10 May, Cindy Pon, Nnedi Okorafor, Malinda Lo and Claudia Martinez will be at Barbara’s Bookstore on the University of Illinois Chicago Campus. Unfortunately, it’s a bit too far for me on a work day, but save that date if it’s close to […]

book review: Warp Speed

April 3, 2011


It was so well written, I felt like I was there with Marley feeling his pain and guarding his shame.

The Book Remembers

April 2, 2011


Thanks to an early morning Tweet from Room to Read, I was reminded that today is the 44th annual International Children’s Book Day. The theme for the day is ‘The Book Remembers’. So, here are a few books to help us remember.   Japan: Hit by 8.9 earthquake and 23 ft tsunami on 11 March. […]