Weekly Bookish News: Week of 3/27/17

As always, this is a duplicate of the newsletter I send my K-12 school district staff every Friday morning ~ a short and sweet round-up of literacy news and happenings that caught my eye, along with a few books to highlight and my elementary read alouds for the week. If you want to know about … Continue reading Weekly Bookish News: Week of 3/27/17

Adult Reads and Reviews for March 2017

I may be a school librarian, but I read a LOT of adult fiction too! Here is a recap of just some of my adult reading in March 2017 - see below for my thoughts on each book: IF NOT FOR YOU - Debbie Macomber (digital advance reader copy) I have been in love with … Continue reading Adult Reads and Reviews for March 2017

Things I Should Have Known: Review

What a wonderful addition to the young adult lit world! Things I Should Have Known  by Claire LaZebnik does a remarkable job of combining a teen love story with a unique sister relationship. It is a rare book that can convey autism in such a natural way without resorting to stereotyping or turning the family members into … Continue reading Things I Should Have Known: Review

Braced: Book Review

Braced by Alyson Gerber is out today, and I am so excited for the world to read this story! This well-written middle grade and young adult story about a middle school girl with scoliosis blends a very heartfelt account (based on the author's experiences as a child) of being in a back brace and the … Continue reading Braced: Book Review

Weekly Bookish News: Week of 3/20/17

Favorites from around the web: Thankorama - Activities for celebrating 10 years of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie in May American Indians in Childrens Literature - provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society. Reading Without Walls - Nationwide diversity-in-reading program Please Don’t … Continue reading Weekly Bookish News: Week of 3/20/17

Religious Books in School Libraries: Guest Post

I was honored to be asked to write a post about religious books in school libraries by Charlotte Riggle, the author of the children's book Catherine's Pascha. Head on over to her blog to read the post and join in the discussion! I will be hosting a piece by Charlotte on multicultural Easter books here in … Continue reading Religious Books in School Libraries: Guest Post

Weekly Bookish News: Week of 3/13/17

  Favorites from around the web   Disciplinary Literacy: The Basics - Tim Shanahan It’s Not About Us - Donalyn Miller Resources for Teaching about Religion and Diversity - Teaching Tolerance 18 YA Books You Need to Add to Your Must-Read List - Buzzfeed Books Fact-Checking Tips and Tools for Teachers and Students - Lesson … Continue reading Weekly Bookish News: Week of 3/13/17

Amina’s Voice

Amina’s Voice presents a very enjoyable story of an 11-year-old Pakistani-American Muslim girl in Milwaukee, and is a welcome addition to any middle grade collection. While my opinion of the book isn’t based on it being set in my home state of Wisconsin, it doesn’t hurt either, as it makes the topic even more relatable to my … Continue reading Amina’s Voice

A Single Stone: Book Review

A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay is utterly enthralling. It defies genre, being neither dystopian, science fiction or realistic fiction, although I did keep trying to pin it down throughout my reading. The time period is undefined, as is the location - these factors ensure that this book will be appealing to a wide audience for … Continue reading A Single Stone: Book Review

Democracy in Black: Book Review

As a school librarian, I am tasked with being knowledgeable on such a wide array of topics that I can hardly begin to even name them. However, as a white school librarian in a very small, rural and predominantly white town and school district, an area that I take incredibly seriously (especially given my role … Continue reading Democracy in Black: Book Review