Tag: Gr. 4-7

Creepy, But Not Too: THE CREEPY CASE FILES OF MARGO MALOO

Creepy, But Not Too: THE CREEPY CASE FILES OF MARGO MALOO

Lynn: Some kids just don’t like scary or creepy! A physically fearless six-year-old member of our focus group falls into this category; he markedly dislikes scary movies and scary books. So, on a recent visit, I was quite surprised to learn his first choice out of my ever-present book bag was The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo (2016) by Drew […]

Falling for Gertie

Falling for Gertie

Lynn:  It’s been quite a while since I’ve fallen as hard for a character as I’ve fallen for Gertie Reece Foy! She bounced off the pages of Kate Beasley’s debut novel, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness (2016), and right into my heart. Gertie is a force of nature: exuberant, loud, and confident. And she’s a girl […]

How to Build a Museum

How to Build a Museum

Lynn: The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors in September 2016. It’d been a long time coming—100 years since the idea of a “Monument at the Capital in Honor of the Negro Soldiers and Sailors Who Fought in the Wars of our Country,” was proposed by the National Memorial Association […]

THE POET’S DOG: A Love Story

THE POET’S DOG: A Love Story

Lynn: I was always the smallest child in my class. “The best things come in small packages,” my father used to say to reassure me. That just happens to be the perfect aphorism to describe Patricia MacLachlan’s new book, The Poet’s Dog (2016). As small as a beginning reader and with MacLachlan’s trademark simple sentences, this book packs an […]

Finding a Voice: Karen Harrington’s MAYDAY

Finding a Voice: Karen Harrington’s MAYDAY

Lynn: Every teacher and librarian knows a kid like Wayne Kovok. He spouts trivia about every topic you can think of—and many that you can’t. He uses it as a a defense tactic. “A fact is like a shield,” he reflects. “You can hide behind it. Then you can make a run for it if you need […]

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Peter Brown’s ‘The Wild Robot’

Peter Brown’s ‘The Wild Robot’

Cindy: One of the most popular titles in recent years with my incoming 6th graders is Katherine Applegate’s Newbery winner The One and Only Ivan. I’ve found a good read- alike for his fans:  Just as Ivan showed us something about what it means to be human, Roz, the robot in Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot (2016), […]

Concrete Poetry with Bob Raczka

Concrete Poetry with Bob Raczka

Lynn: If you are looking for some engaging word play to inspire kids, look no further than Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems (2016) by the inventive Bob Raczka. Inside the pages of this slim book is a delightful mix of playful concrete poems that are guaranteed to get kids itching to create their […]

Summer Reading At Last!

Summer Reading At Last!

I realize that most people are probably in the thick of beach book extravaganzas, but here in Chicago, I’m only just beginning. Even though school let out a few of weeks ago (we’re a late finish here), I’ve been mired in end-of-year tasks Now that I’ve tidied the collection and closed out for the season, I’m finally […]

History Comes Alive in a Picture Book: Freedom in Congo Square

History Comes Alive in a Picture Book: Freedom in Congo Square

Lynn: One of the many things I love about picture books is that they make learning new things so enjoyable. A case in point is Carole Boston Weatherford’s magnificent Freedom in Congo Square (2016)—not only did I learn something truly significant, I learned it in way I won’t ever forget. Searing couplets and R. Gregory […]

Trip Planning Starts Here! 125 Wacky Roadside Attractions

Trip Planning Starts Here! 125 Wacky Roadside Attractions

Lynn: Those summer family trips are just around the corner, and parents everywhere are thinking destinations, maps, and family fun. Want to make that family car trip special? Bookends is here to help. Make sure you find National Geographic’s helpful (and hilarious) 125 Wacky Roadside Attractions. Even if you don’t stop at these crazy spots, you’ll have […]