Caterpillar Summer.

Caterpillar Summer. A charming summer seaside story for middle graders. Caterpillar Summer is a novel for middle graders written by Gillian McDunn. McDunn takes on family issues of loss, children’s special needs, and extended family dynamics. Cat is the responsible older sister, stepping in to take on more responsibilities – and more and more. Cat…

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Merci Suarez Changes Gears

Merci Suarez Changes Gears, written insightfully by Meg Medina, won the American Library Association’s 2019 John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. Some things I expected When I first started reading the book, I expected it to be a growing-up story about a family with a distinctive ethnic background, and I…

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Educated.

Educated. A memoir by Tara Westover. I had heard some buzz about this book, which was hard to miss, given the amount of buzz it generated in 2018. Nonetheless, I was busy, and hadn’t read it. Then I saw it on the list of book award winners from the American Library Association, who named it…

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Book award winners!

Book award winners! Let’s see who won this year’s awards for the best new books. The American Library Association announced book award winners at their recent midwinter meeting. You can see the link to the full press release here. Book award winners cover a range of categories. The John Newbery Medal is awarded for the…

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Piecing Me Together.

Piecing Me Together is an award-winning novel by Renee Watson. This book is changing me I read this book because the American Library Association awarded it the 2018 Coretta Scott King Award, and also named it a Newberry Honor Book. First, though, I read the John Newberry Award winner, which is Hello, Universe by Erin…

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Award-winning children’s books! Let’s read.

Award-winning children’s books!  In addition to awards for movies, stage and television, February brings awards for children’s books, too. Award-winning books for 2018 The American Library Association (ALA) announces annual winners in youth media. ALA announces winners at its midwinter meeting, held this year in Colorado. There are many categories and many new award-winning children’s…

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New books and old friends

Ahhh, new books.  And cherished old friends, too.  While children are at sports events or we’re waiting at carpool, we sneak in some reading time.  (Cynthia also reads when her students take exams.  Her grading works begins after they finish.  Seems reasonable!) There are lots of new books out this fall, and we chose two…

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Summer learning strategies, and Caroline is back!

Summer learning matters.  All students experience summer learning loss when they don’t engage in supportive activities during the school break.  On average, students who don’t have learning support lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in math over the summer.  Don’t let this happen to your child! What should you do? As the school…

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