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The Fourteenth Goldfish

The versatile Jennifer L. Holm pens a fantasy this time around, but it’s a story suffused with humor and science, deftly asking a mind-blowing question: is it a good thing to grow old? So what happens when a 13-year-old boy shows up on your doorstep, arguing with your mom, who invites him in, and it […]

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A Time to Dance

A Time to Dance Padma Venkatraman Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Putnam Disclaimer: I’m a fan of Padma Venkatraman’s books. Each one has charmed me. I know I can always expect a reading experience unlike any I’ve had before. Her new book does not disappoint. In A Time to Dance, teenaged Veda has already dedicated […]

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Gifted: Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac

Anita Silvey writes, among other things, books that help us find good books. And not only does she help us find more books that we or our children or our students will enjoy, but she tells us the story behind those books. Oh, what fun it is to know that Charles Dickens had to publish […]

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Gifted: Up All Night

My mother had the knack of giving me a book every Christmas that kept me up all night … after I had opened it on Christmas Eve. I particularly remember the “oh-boy-it’s-dark-outside” year that I received The Lord of the Rings and accompanied the hobbits into Woody End where they first meet the Nazgul, the […]

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Gifted: So, You Want to Be a Chef?

So, You Want to Be a Chef? How to Get Started in the World of Culinary Arts Be What You Want series J.M. Bedell Beyond Words/Aladdin, October 2013 Introduction If your child or teen is often caught watching cooking shows, they’re not alone. In 2010, Melissa Kossler Dutton on ParentDish.com wrote, “Every month, 12 million […]

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Gifted: Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs for Thanksgiving edited and with reflections by Katherine Paterson illustrations by Pamela Dalton Handprint Books / Chronicle Books, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-4521-1339-5 The season when we focus on giving thanks will quickly be here. If you are looking for a gift to take to your hosts, to give to […]

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Gifted: Walk This World

Walk This World: a Celebration of Life in a Day Lotta Nieminen, a Finnish-born graphic designer and art director Big Picture Press, an imprint of Candlewick Press, November 2013 As you consider gifts for this holiday season, we suggest … (book #2 in our Gifted recommendations) … Visit 10 countries in one book! This stylish […]

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Behind the Books We’ve Loved: A Wilder Rose

Growing up, I loved to read mysteries, biographies, but especially series books. I didn’t read Nancy Drew or Anne of Green Gables (not until I was an adult), but I followed most every other series character. I read Cherry Ames, Sue Barton, Trixie Belden, Beany Malone, Janet Lennon, but especially Louisa May Alcott’s books, the […]

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Packing up the tent?

Summer Reading No. 2 Many of you are making plans to get out of Dodge when your kids are out of school for the summer. I imagine thousands of people making a list: tent, sleeping bags, mini-grill, rain ponchos, clothesline (from our camping experience, someplace to hang things up to dry is essential), cooler, GPS, […]

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When I Was Your Age

When I was a small child, I spent a lot of time around adults. Having no brothers or sisters, no cousins living nearby, and spending summers and vacations with my grandparents, I went where they visited. Many of those people were their age. So I heard this phrase often: “When I was your age …” […]

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A Book is a Book is a Book

I always looked forward to packages under the tree that were a certain rectangular shape and thickness, heavy and not resilient … I knew they were books. But which book? I enjoyed receiving fiction and biographies and books about foreign places and history, so in that moment before carefully removing the tape and turning back […]

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A reading path from Japan to America

My exploration began when a young man, aged 7, recommended that I read Shipwrecked! the True Adventures of a Japanese Boy (Rhoda Blumberg, HarperCollins, 2001). The title sprang immediately to his mind when I asked him what he’d read lately that was good. Finding a copy, I opened it and began reading, realizing that this […]

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Life on the farm

It’s that time of year. Farmers’ markets are bursting with color, smells, and daydreams of splendid meals. People are putting food by … knowing that berries and cucumbers and tomatoes and corn will be hard to find in the winter months. A lot of people are putting in a big effort to make sure we […]

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Our bookmarks are in … books recommended July 2010

Author Heather Bouwman is reading The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer, published in the US by Arthur Levine. “This book is one of the weirdest and best I’ve ever read. Post-WWII Netherlands, quirky characters, and a protagonist you want to root for forever.  I’d love to know what you think of it if you […]

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Thinking about grief

The city of Minneapolis is mourning an increased number of homicides this year, just when city officials were feeling good about how low the homicide rate had fallen. Those are numbers. I can’t help but think about the people who mourn the loss of those lives. There will be a big hole in their hearts […]

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Our bookmarks are in …

Members have written to tell us about the books they currently have bookmarked … From Nancy Carlson: I am reading The Hunger Games (Scholastic Press, 2008). Very good! From Sarah Lamstein: I just finished Jeannine’s Atkins’ Borrowed Names (Holt, 2010), a brilliant book of poetry about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madame C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and […]

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Tales from a Finnish Tupa

Originally published in 1936 by Albert Whitman & Company, Tales from a Finnish Tupa has recently been reissued by the University of Minnesota Press. This collection of Finnish tales includes stories of magic and humor (“Droll Tales”) as well as fables or pourquoi stories. I can remember reading the “Color Fairy” books when I was […]

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Shoe books

No, not the books by Noel Streatfield, but slice-of-life books that I think of as “walking in someone else’s shoes” books. They’re written in a convincing, ready to assume the loafers or tennis shoes or flip-flops manner that allows me to become the main character from the front cover to the back cover … and […]

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The Nature of Humor

I’ve been pondering the many questions I have about the nature of humor as the Chapter & Verse Book Clubs prepare to discuss next week the book Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy, compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus (Candlewick Press). Wherever we go, teachers and librarians—and parents—ask for more funny and light-hearted […]

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On Your Bedside Table

Members have written to tell us about the books that are currently on their bedside tables. I’m in the midst of five books, so it’s good to gather more titles. Who knows when I’ll run out of something to read? (Is that the ground level question of the bookaholic?) From Laura Purdie Salas: After Ever […]

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