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This Is Sadie
it was amazing
Oh my heart.

This book is everything. This book is about as perfect as a book could possibly be. This book isn't just about Sadie. This book is about u
Jul 2015
Jun 15, 2015
I Wish You More
really liked it
Dare I read this to my 8th graders on my last day with them? Can I get through it without crying?
May 04, 2015
Apr 03, 2015
The New Small Person
it was amazing
I always marvel at anyone who can create a three dimensional protagonist in a 32-page picture book. Bravo Lauren Child. Love this book!
Feb 27, 2015
Oct 30, 2014
Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family
really liked it
What I loved so deeply about Flinn's newest memoir, is that it really speaks to this idea of food being a catalyst for storytelling. I envision using ...more
Aug 17, 2014
Jul 27, 2014
Hour of the Bees
it was amazing
Simply stunning. Magical realism at its finest. Despite being middle grade fiction, I wouldn't hesitate to put this book in a high school classroom. I ...more
May 08, 2016
Mar 26, 2016
Because I'm Your Dad
it was amazing
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'
May 03, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
it was amazing
Oh boy. This book made me weep. Right around these words:

"When imagination scrapes the skies of opportunity,
the forests of what-could-be stretch beyon
Oct 25, 2015
Jul 12, 2015
The Knowing Book
it was amazing
There is something so profound and transcendent about this book yet I can't put my finger on what it is. The words feel like song lyrics even though t ...more
Mar 05, 2016
Jan 06, 2016
My Blue Is Happy
it was amazing
Carrie Gelson was absolutely right: this book is a writing lesson waiting to happen. Love how Jessica Young takes our normal perception of colors (blu ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Jan 19, 2015
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
it was amazing
Simply brilliant. 14 different illustrators answered the old riddle "Why did the chicken cross the road?" in 14 different ways. There's so much you co ...more
Nov 03, 2013
Mar 28, 2013
The Dirty Cowboy
it was amazing
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
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
They All Saw a Cat
really liked it
Travis Jonker said this book was created in the Caldecott lab. As much as I enjoyed the illustrations, I actually found the text more compelling. Espe ...more
Sep 13, 2016
Sep 13, 2016
John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall
it was amazing
This is a small story in the life of John Muir, environmentalist, creator of the Sierra Club, and the man who was responsible for influencing Theodore ...more
Mar 24, 2015
Mar 24, 2015
Rules of Summer
liked it
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 Key to Extraordinary
really liked it
This is the story of Emma Pearl Casey, a young girl with a magical and renown family history. Just as with those that came before her, Emma's destiny ...more
Dec 22, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
Langston's Train Ride
it was amazing
"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
Feb 05, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
Year of the Jungle
it was amazing
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
really liked it
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
Billy's Booger
liked it
I know this book deserves a better rating than I gave it, but I just really can't get past the idea of the word booger being in the title. There are c ...more
Oct 08, 2015
Jun 12, 2015
88 Instruments
really liked it
A little boy goes into a music store with 88 different instruments and is told by his parents that he can only choose one. How on earth will he choose ...more
Aug 27, 2016
Feb 26, 2016
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
it was amazing
Big Magic is a revelation. It is a paradigm shift in how we should approach creativity. Elizabeth Gilbert posits that we need to throw away the trope ...more
Nov 16, 2015
May 29, 2015
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
it was amazing
This is the story of Tony Sarg, the man who created the giant balloons of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The history behind the parade and how th ...more
Jan 28, 2012
Aug 28, 2011
Lucky Ducklings
it was amazing
Five little ducklings and their mama went for a walk one day and suddenly found themselves in peril and some good Samaritan onlookers pitch in to help ...more
Jan 08, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
Mother Bruce
it was amazing
Hilarious! A definite must-read to students!
Jan 13, 2016
Dec 20, 2015
The Adventures of Polo
really liked it
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
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
really liked it
Sometimes a book finds you at just the right time. My students are currently working on a writing assignment called "Words are Powerful" so today we r ...more
Dec 04, 2014
Sep 14, 2014
The Day the Crayons Came Home
it was amazing
I love this book even more than the first one. So many mentor text possibilities. I can't wait to have my students write with crayons and create their ...more
Sep 03, 2015
Apr 16, 2015
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
it was amazing
Morris Micklewhite is a young boy who loves his mom and his cat, Moo. He also loves to dress up at school, but his classmates find this hard to accept ...more
Mar 08, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
The Lotus Seed
really liked it
Good mentor text to use with kids to discuss symbolism. Have kids discuss what the lotus seed symbolized to Grandmother.
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
The Night Gardener
it was amazing
Absolutely stunning. More thoughts to come.
Mar 05, 2016
Mar 06, 2016
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