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Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family
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
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'
May 03, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall
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
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
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
My Blue Is Happy
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
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
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
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
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
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
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 New Small Person
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
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
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
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
I am just a tad bit biased when it comes to reviewing this book because I am a devoted pug owner. So when I came across this book about a pug that is ...more
Oct 27, 2010
Oct 27, 2010
Edmund Unravels
You clever Andrew Kolb.

I adore the word play.

I love the whimsy.

And I especially love that you managed to create a universal story about finding yourse
Feb 24, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
Red: A Crayon's Story
Amazing message of defying labels. Longer review forthcoming.
Mar 18, 2015
Mar 18, 2015
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
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
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
Feb 05, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
Bessie Smith and the Night Riders
Emmarene idolizes the great jazz singer Bessie Smith. But when she can't afford a ticket to Bessie's show in her hometown, she decides to go anyway an ...more
Mar 05, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
The Most Magnificent Thing
What a wonderful book to share with students about the importance of stepping away from a project and letting time and distance give you a better pers ...more
Feb 19, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
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
I Wish You More
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
A good book to pair with Deborah Underwood's THE QUIET BOOK and THE LOUD BOOK as this book starts exactly the same way as those two books with "There ...more
Jun 23, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do
I continue to marvel at the amazing paper collage artwork of Steve Jenkins, but what I especially love about Creature Features is the conversational n ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Apr 11, 2014
Absolutely Almost
An enjoyable book, but it didn't stand out to me the way it did for others. A few of the short chapters lend themselves to journal topics as mentor te ...more
Aug 09, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
Water Can Be...
Simply beautiful. I love this one even more than A LEAF CAN BE...
Jan 09, 2014
Dec 16, 2013
The Frank Show
What's a boy to do when you have to "show and tell" a member of your family at school and the only person available is your cantankerous old Grandpa F ...more
May 19, 2013
Apr 22, 2013
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
Thank you Katherine Applegate for giving readers not just The One and Only Ivan, but this beautiful nonfiction account of the real Ivan's life. A must ...more
Nov 07, 2014
Feb 06, 2014
Memoirs of a Hamster
I can see using this book along with MEMOIRS OF A GOLDFISH to have kids write their own "Memoirs of a..." stories.
Jun 2013
Apr 20, 2013
If You Were a Dog
I really liked the rhythm of the text, but I've never been a lover of Chris Raschka's illustrations.
Oct 26, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
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