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Because I'm Your Dad
I'm already thinking of the two ways I can use this book as a mentor text:

1) Mother's Day is coming up next weekend. Have students write "Because you'...more
May 03, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
Puddle Pug
I can't get enough pug books, and this one was absolutely adorable, though in my world, not the most believable since my pugs hate water. :p
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 13, 2014
Rules of Summer
I'm glad I read Betsy Bird's review after reading this book. I went back and did another read through and I never would have garnered that meaning on...more
Jun 09, 2014
May 05, 2014
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Beekle is from an island far away where imaginary friends are born. Every night he waits for his special child to come and snatch him up as her friend...more
May 03, 2014
Sep 11, 2013
Year of the Jungle
When Suzanne Collins is in first grade, her father is deployed to Viet Nam. Her childlike innocence prevents her from understanding the danger he is i...more
Jul 02, 2013
Jul 01, 2013
Veggies with Wedgies
You know when movie trailers put all the funny stuff in the trailer and then the rest of the movie isn't funny? That's Veggies with Wedgies. Funny nam...more
May 25, 2014
May 25, 2014
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me
Simply stunning. While not as powerful as Beaty's Def Poetry performance, it is equally as moving paired with Bryan Collier's stirring illustrations....more
Nov 13, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
Paris! (Recipe for Adventure, #2)
This is the second book in the Recipe for Adventure series, the first one being Naples. While I enjoyed the first book despite feeling that it lacked...more
Dec 28, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
So You Want to Be a Rock Star
Do you have what it takes to be a rock star? One must only read this book to find out. So You Want to Be a Rock Star is a tyke's how-to guide and chec...more
Feb 29, 2012
Dec 06, 2011
Edgar's Second Word
When Edgar finally says his first word, both Hazel and her mother are elated. But they soon find out that Edgar's first word causes more trouble than...more
Jun 03, 2014
Jul 22, 2013
The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven
As a former student of classical piano, this book was right up my alley. A presumptuous tale of why Beethoven lived in 39 different apartments in Vien...more
Nov 23, 2011
Nov 23, 2011
The Man with the Violin
I finished reading this book and immediately started to cry. Music has always been such an important part of my life and to think that such a brillian...more
Oct 06, 2013
Jul 02, 2013
The Whispering Town
During WWII, a village in Nazi-occupied Denmark helps Jews escape to Sweden by whispering them to the harbor in the dark of night.
May 06, 2014
May 06, 2014
Caps for Sale
Read this book as a child. Was nice to revisit it.
May 20, 2014
May 20, 2014
Chick-o-Saurus Rex
Little Chick wants to join the "cool kids" in the tree house, but in order to be allowed entry, he must first prove he is strong and brave. The tree h...more
Jul 10, 2013
Jan 02, 2012
Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?
You'd think given the fact that I teach sixth grade that this book would be completely off my radar. What, after all, do sixth graders care about bein...more
Jun 2011
Jun 01, 2011
Madame Martine
Madame Martine lives in Paris and has never been to the top of the Eiffel Tower -- says it's just a tourist thing. Then one day she discovers a lost d...more
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 14, 2014
Nikolai, the Only Bear
An absolutely beautiful story with equally stunning illustrations about the only bear in an orphanage in Russia. As you continue reading this unusual...more
Aug 2013
Oct 31, 2012
What I found so interesting about Trouper is that it didn't beat you over the head with the fact that he was a three-legged dog. In fact, it took a fe...more
Dec 10, 2013
Aug 26, 2013
The Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems About Our Parts
I liked the idea of this book, but none of the poems really inspired me. I also think that this is one of those books that would quickly go on the lis...more
Oct 17, 2010
Oct 10, 2010
Langston's Train Ride
"I'm madly scribbling words down now, rapidly one after another. (Poems are like rainbows, don't you think? They escape if you're not quick!)"

This is...more
Feb 05, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
Zen Ties
Delightfully quirky and beautifully wise, Zen Ties by Jon J. Muth is a book that's both easy and hard to describe. Just like the old saying "Still wat...more
Apr 18, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
The Dirty Cowboy
Originally reviewed here

When bugs start setting up camp in and around his body, a cowboy hitches up his horse and rides down to the river with his dog...more
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
1 to 20, Animals Aplenty
Beautiful, soft watercolors. The book itself seemed a tad inconsistent though. Some pages had labels for the animals and other pages didn't.
May 26, 2014
May 26, 2014
Winter is for Snow
As someone who dislikes cold weather and snow (Yes, I know. I shouldn't live in Michigan then) I completely understood the sister's resistance and dis...more
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 30, 2013
How to Cheer Up Dad
Re-read in May and liked it better the second time so I added a star.
Apr 07, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
M Is For Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet (Discover America State by State)
"M is for Mitten
the shape of our land.
To see lower Michigan
just hold up your hand."

M is for Mitten is a beautiful alphabet tribute to the great state...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 18, 2011
The Adventures of Polo
This book transcends genres and categories. It's a picture book, it's a graphic novel, but it's also wordless. This could be a great first rung on a r...more
Jun 25, 2013
Mar 31, 2013
Little Elliot, Big City
No doubt we need to get Merrymakers on board with creating a Little Elliot plush doll. What a darling story and endearing illustrations! I'm not sure...more
Sep 14, 2014
May 24, 2014
It's a Book
In this world of blogs, wi-fi, texting, Kindles, e-books, etc, etc, we sometimes forget the geography of a real book has lasted hundreds of years, and...more
Aug 18, 2010
Aug 18, 2010
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