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Picture Yourself Writing Poetry: Using Photos to Inspire Writing
Readers are invited to use photos as poetry writing prompts.

What I thought: I was drawn to this series as soon as I saw it in the Capstone catalog. T...more
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Apr 11, 2013
Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under
Meet Aussie animals you know like the kangaroo and some you've probably never heard of such as the brogla in this beautifully illustrated and highly i...more
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Feb 27, 2012
Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook
You want to be a writer? This is the book for you. Two skilled (and published) authors cover every topic from getting started, revision, and writer's...more
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May 01, 2010
Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why
Gorgeous illustations and interesting facts about birds presented in a way that's sure to be appealing to kids. The "Birds in this Book" section ident...more
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Sep 07, 2012
Stripes of All Types
I love Stockdale's picture book nonfiction books. This one would have some in very handy for my spots and stripes story time. I like the stripe guessi...more
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May 14, 2013
The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne
This was a very interesting biography. Well written, it almost read like a novel. I was intrigued by the lives of the Bronte sisters. They were all hi...more
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Feb 25, 2013
A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms
A great intro to several poetic forms. Loved that the sonnet example was the Shakespearean sonnet that I used to write by own sonnet in Brit Lit I (So...more
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May 10, 2010
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
Very informative. I like the alternating chapters. It seems to me that the end of Amelia's life could have been changed if only those who heard her on...more
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Mar 29, 2011
About Habitats Oceans
A simple, informative introduction to oceans for children (and adults).

What I thought: This is the first book in the About Habitats series I've read,...more
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May 14, 2012
In the Sea
In his latest poetry collection, David Elliott leaves the wild and farms behind and dives into the deep. His poetry and Holly Meade's woodblock print...more
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Apr 05, 2012
About Hummingbirds
This is only the second book in this series I've read, but I really like it. The facts are simple enough for preschoolers to understand and the illust...more
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Nov 14, 2011
Write Your Own Fairy Tale
Very informative. The fairy tale writing process presented could be used when writing any genre. I enjoyed the case studies from fairy tale authors an...more
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Feb 03, 2013
Time to Eat
Time to Eat explores the eating habits of some unusual animals from the panda to the blue whale. We find out what, how, and when they eat.

What I thou...more
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May 02, 2011
Do You Know Dewey?: Exploring the Dewey Decimal System
A great intro to the Dewey Decimal System for children. I will definitely be using this when I have my classes visit the library.
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Aug 29, 2012
Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out
The most interesting thing about this book was the cover. If you want a poetry writing book for kids, read Prelutsky's.
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Feb 02, 2010
Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story
Interesting story. What I want to know is was there any crocheting going on for the soldiers during WWI?
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May 14, 2013
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Animals
Great photos and engaging text. I really like the parent tips at the end of the book.
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May 05, 2014
Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of  Juliette 'Daisy' Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, Shana Corey introduces us to its founder, Juliette Gordon Low. She had gumption!

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Apr 05, 2012
National Geographic Kids Just Joking 2: 300 Hilarious Jokes About Everything, Including Tongue Twisters, Riddles, and More!
Lots of great riddles that will be great for my Mad Hatter Tea Party ana Hobbit Party this summer.
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Feb 19, 2013
Time for a Bath
Baths are one of those easy-peasy things. A tub, some water, and don't forget the soap! However, if you're an animal, your bath may not include water....more
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Oct 17, 2011
Can We Save the Tiger?
Such an important topic that kids need to know about. Well-written with beautiful illustrations.
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Mar 21, 2011
It's Cool to Learn about Countries: Philippines
This was a good intro to the country, but I want to know more.
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Mar 02, 2012
The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit's Amazing Migration
Love the cut paper collage illustrations. A very interesting bird.
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May 16, 2013
How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships
Such an interesting, informative book. Loved the illustrations.
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Feb 07, 2011
How Big Were Dinosaurs?
Perfect for sharing with 1st-3rd graders.
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May 05, 2014
Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives
Very interesting concept. Love the illustrations.
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Oct 28, 2013
Exploring the Titanic
Interesting, but I want to know more than this book told.
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Apr 13, 2012
Immersed in Verse: An Informative, Slightly Irreverent & Totally Tremendous Guide to Living the Poet's Life
Interesting. Would definitely appeal to tweens/teens.
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Feb 02, 2010
S Is for Story: A Writer's Alphabet
Hershenhorn uses the alphabet to explore writing. In 26 stanzas (and extra informational paragraphs), she covers all the fundamentals of writing from...more
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Jan 19, 2010
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
Would be great to share with school age kids.
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Jun 03, 2013
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