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Never Fall Down
4.17
it was amazing
"As a child, I never imagined good people in the world. . ."

In 1979, fourteen-year old, Arn Chorn-Pond, wandered into a United Nations camp on the bor
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Apr 14, 2012
Apr 13, 2012
 
Firefly July A Year of Very Short Poems
4.11
it was amazing
If a book brings me back to goodreads to throw up a review, then it transcends "Mr. Hankins said it was good" at this point. I think.

It's been a while
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Mar 11, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
 
House Held Up by Trees
3.91
it was amazing
An older house, fallen into disrepair, is supported by the trees that grow around it and eventually hold it aloft within their branches.

In 2010, Ted
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Apr 07, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
 
Sparks!
4.05
really liked it
August is the brains of this dynamic duo disguised as a dog. But, he lacks the bravery to go outside that Charlie has. Together, they put together a p ...more
Jan 2018
Jan 2018
Jan 01, 2018
 
Alphabet Everywhere
3.79
it was amazing
I collect alphabet books for use in Room 407 to teach a lesson on Categorization and Classification. I CANNOT WAIT for this one to hit the shelves in ...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
 
Drummer Hoff
3.81
it was amazing
The 1968 Caldecott Award winner. I found this at a garage sale of a retiring educator a couple of years ago and this title has sat on a downstairs boo ...more
not set
Oct 23, 2011
 
Smart Cookie
4.34
it was amazing
The author of FINDING PERFECT is back with a new book at the beginning of a new reading year. And, Elly does not disappoint. Frankie is an endearing c ...more
Jan 28, 2018
Jan 28, 2018
 
Who Can?
4.50
it was amazing
I got to have a very early look at this new board book by "Father Goose," Charles Ghigna.

And I already know with whom I will share this book tomorrow
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Mar 12, 2018
Mar 12, 2018
 
Chopsticks
3.73
it was amazing
CHOPSTICKS needs to be experienced. I cannot do it justice in the words I might try to offer here. What Jessica Anthony does with a simple composition ...more
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
 
One True Way
3.89
it was amazing
Over the weekend, I got a chance to read Shannon Hitchcock's newest.

Set in 1977 North Carolina, ONE TRUE WAY tells the story of Allie, a new student
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Jan 29, 2018
Jan 29, 2018
 
No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller
3.91
it was amazing
Early prediction: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson's title will be short-listed for the Coretta Scott King Award for 2012.

Aside from the authentic voices that c
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Jun 30, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
 
The Breaking News
4.47
it was amazing
This book presents a scenario wherein bad news falls upon a house via the television. Told in the voice of the character, we don't know what this news ...more
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 13, 2018
 
Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life
3.84
it was amazing
Someday
you will understand
that life
can't flow
as you always planned.

from "Since"

Lee Bennett Hopkins opens up his world to readers who have treasured h
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Mar 30, 2012
Mar 30, 2012
 
Mistakes Were Made (Timmy Failure, #1)
3.87
From the creator of PEARLS BEFORE SWINE, this one reads like The Wimpy Kid meets Calvin and Hobbs meets I AM A GENIUS OF INCREDIBLE EVIL AND I WANT TO ...more
Nov 24, 2012
Nov 24, 2012
 
In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers
4.08
it was amazing
From the first pages of IN DADDY'S ARMS I AM TALL: AFRICAN AMERICANS CELEBRATING FATHERS:

"When you follow in the path of your father,
you learn to wal
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Apr 15, 2018
Mar 29, 2012
 
Boy + Bot
4.07
it was amazing
The epitome of what we might call THE One Book/Four Hands book for an approach to reading and reading aloud with younger readers. Ame's book is too mu ...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
 
Oh No, George!
4.05
really liked it
An otherwise good dog is challenged by temptations when his friend, Harry, goes out for a bit. But who can resist cake, dirt, or the cat?

I like the un
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Mar 21, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
 
Visiting Day
4.27
really liked it
With her grandmother's love and guidance, a young girl looks forward to visiting her father while he is "doing time" in prison. Woodson's writing here ...more
May 27, 2012
May 27, 2012
 
Small Things
4.37
it was amazing
Exceptionally-powerful, wordless picture book-graphic novel hybrid depicting childhood anxiety. This one is going to have all of us talking about the ...more
Mar 2018
Mar 01, 2018
 
There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
4.14
it was amazing
Love this one about "the greatest hitter than ever lived." What's really to like about this new title from Matt Tavares is how takes an iconic figure ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
 
I'm Bored
4.17
it was amazing
Love this one. . .it's like a mix of Peanuts, VeggieTales, and Drop Dead Fred all thrown into a nice little package with super cute illustrations by D ...more
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
 
Zayde Comes to Live
3.99
I got to see the ARC of this title at NetGalley. I would like to see the accompanying artwork to this tender text when the book releases in October.

Te
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Aug 16, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
 
Niko Draws a Feeling
4.30
it was amazing
This is a new to me and to our room title. We have just about every other title Raczka has written, but I think we missed this 2017 release because it ...more
Mar 28, 2018
Mar 28, 2018
 
Dreaming of You
3.42
it was amazing
The magic of this book begins in the front material with a depiction of a child's legs in yellow, full-of-stars footy pajamas who is dragging a stuff ...more
Feb 24, 2018
Feb 24, 2018
 
Over and Under the Snow
4.09
it was amazing
Instant classic as the book hits shelves. Everyone I know is raving about Kate's newest picture book.

In the secondary classroom, use Over and Under t
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not set
Nov 30, 2011
 
Things to Say to a Dead Man: Poems at the End of a Marriage and After
3.96
it was amazing
I get the joy of reading a new poem from Jane each day in November as part of a fundraiser for a literacy initiative out east. But these aren't those ...more
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 24, 2011
 
If I Didn't Have You
3.71
it was amazing
So, Alan Katz has this new picture book out TODAY (April 10th) and since there is no one here yet who has written a review of the book, I guess it fal ...more
not set
Apr 10, 2018
 
Just Ducks!
3.75
liked it
A young girl hears ducks quacking in the morning. Through her perspective, readers learn more about the ducks.

This could be a neat non-fiction picture
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Apr 24, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
 
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down
4.29
it was amazing
Celebrate the first day of Black History Month with this picture book that revisits the four young men who sat steadfast at the counter of a Woolworth ...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 28, 2012
 
How to Read Poetry Like a Professor: A Quippy and Sonorous Guide to Verse
3.73
really liked it
If you have read the other Foster books on literature and novels, then the set-up and arrangement of this newest title (March 2018) will not surprise ...more
Apr 2018
Apr 01, 2018
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