Tag: curriculum connections

Nesting books are hatching…

Nesting books are hatching…

While the birds were building spring nests in Michigan, our mailboxes were nesting new books about birds and nests. We’ve read them and are ready to push a few out of the nest and into the blog. If we missed some other worthy new fledgling nest title, please leave a comment so we can train […]

Try This! by Karen Romano Young

Try This! by Karen Romano Young

Lynn:  We’ve been having a beautiful summer here in Michigan but even the best summer vacations include some rainy days.  Occupying active kids cooped up inside can be a challenge but here at Bookends, we have the answer.  Put kids’ minds and hands to work and play with science experiments!  The focus group loves science […]

What's Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carle and Friends

What's Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carle and Friends

Lynn:  14 celebrated children’s book illustrators answer Eric Carle’s central question:  What’s Your Favorite Animal? (Henry Holt 2014).  And a wild and varied lot of animals they are!  Eric Carle leads off with his green-bean chasing cat Fifi gracing the opening spread.  Each artist follows with 2 pages for their favorite animal and each page-turn […]

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

Cindy: Every time I think I’ve read the last of the horrific stories of racism in this country, someone like the Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling speaks up or I read a new young adult nonfiction book that unearths a little known story that infuriates me. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for […]

Brother Hugo and the Bear by Katy Beebe

Brother Hugo and the Bear by Katy Beebe

Cindy: The tired excuse of, “The dog ate my homework” is tame compared with “The bear ate my library book.” Especially considering that Brother Hugo and the Bear (Eerdmans 2014) is apparently based on fact! This funny, charming, and gorgeous picture book is also informative. Beebe bases her story on a note found in a […]

The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Laurence Pringle

The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Laurence Pringle

Lynn:  I know this is Mystery Month but trust me, there IS a mystery connection to this charming bug book.  Most kids will recognize the chubby black and orange striped caterpillar so commonly seen trundling around in late-summer to early fall.  Folklore about them is plentiful too about them predicting a harsh or mild winter […]

Firefly July Selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Firefly July Selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Lynn:  I know it is early in the year to be announcing favorite books but I have no doubt that Firefly July:  A Year of Very Short Poems (Candlewick 2014) is going to be one of mine.  Let me count the ways that I LOVE this book! The book is divided into seasons beginning with […]

Handle with Care by Loree Griffin Burns

Handle with Care by Loree Griffin Burns

Lynn:  For many years our family has enjoyed a wonderful rite of spring that fortunately doesn’t depend on the outside temperature in Michigan.  We are lucky to live close to the outstanding Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.  I could go on and on about the wonders of the Gardens but today […]

Babe Conquers the World by Rich and Sandra Neil Wallace

Babe Conquers the World by Rich and Sandra Neil Wallace

Lynn:  Babe was one of the greatest athletes this world has ever seen.  If you automatically think I mean Babe Ruth, you wouldn’t be alone but I mean another Babe – Babe Didrikson Zaharias.  Sadly many people know very little about this truly astonishing athlete.  I hope that this new book, Babe Conquers the World:  […]

The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins

The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins

Lynn:  It isn’t unusual to have a new book from Steve Jenkins to rave about.  His list of award winning kid-pleasing books is impressively long.  They’ve always been favorites with the older members of the focus group and with me too.  I believe that he outdid himself last year however with The Animal Book: A […]