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Dogman© Unleashed

Encour­age kids to be cre­ative with­out wor­ry­ing about being per­fect. —Dav Pilkey  At the start of the fall pro­gram sea­son, I asked our youngest patrons what pro­grams they would like the library to offer. I heard a child yell out, “DOGMAN”! I smiled and I told him that was a great idea. Dog­man© is a […]



Riding Around the Block

Lisa Bullard. Photo by Katherine Warde

Safe­ty, I am here to tell you, is the bane of good sto­ry-writ­ing …



Beethoven in Paradise

Beethoven in Paradise

Fresh Lookol­o­gy fea­tures books pub­lished sev­er­al years ago that are too good to lan­guish on the shelf. Mar­tin Pittman takes a reader’s heart and runs with it. He lives in a trail­er park called Par­adise, but his home life is any­thing but. Martin’s father is abu­sive, his moth­er com­plete­ly cowed. He has no sib­lings. His […]



Fragmented

Lynne Jonell

Okay, I know there is a book here. I have so many images … but they’re frag­ment­ed.



The Night the Forest Came to Town

The Night the Forest Came to Town

A city can be all hard sur­faces, con­crete, brick, pave­ment, and glass. Adults can be pre­oc­cu­pied with their devices. Bill­boards, street lights, every kind of dis­trac­tion. There’s a dis­tinct sep­a­ra­tion from nature, a dis­con­nect.



Ask Me About … My Amazing Students!

New year. New grade lev­el. Same class­room filled with same amaz­ing kids from last year (along with sev­er­al love­ly new addi­tions). Just wrapped up the sev­enth day of school and the same ques­tion keeps run­ning through my mind… how did I get so lucky? “Loop­ing” (mov­ing up a grade lev­el) with a class that you […]



Moving Books

Many momen­tous things have gone down in our house this sum­mer. #1 Son grad­u­at­ed from col­lege in May, is gain­ful­ly employed (local­ly!) as a soft­ware engi­neer, and has recent­ly moved to an apart­ment. Dar­ling Daugh­ter start­ed her senior year of high school last week and is busy work­ing on col­lege appli­ca­tions. It makes me a lit­tle […]



Travel-Sized

Lisa Bullard. Photo by Katherine Warde

Some­thing that has always stuck with me from pio­neer tales is the images of the keep­sakes and oth­er non-man­da­­to­ry items pio­neer fam­i­lies often had to dis­card on the trail as the trip became hard­er and the oxen grew weary of pulling the over­loaded wag­ons. This is just one of the rea­sons on the very long […]



Enchanted Points of Entry

Candice Ransom

My first glimpse of Mar­garet Wise Brown’s house on Vinal­haven Island, Maine, was from a boat. It topped a gran­ite slope, clap­board sid­ing paint­ed the same gray-blue as the sparkling Hur­ri­cane Sound. I was so excit­ed I near­ly fell over­board. We’d just passed the Lit­tle Island that Mar­garet had made famous in her Calde­­cott-win­n­ing book […]



Deb Andries and Her Off-to-School Reading Team
September 2019

The Day You Begiin

Start­ing kinder­garten is a spe­cial time, and it’s real­ly spe­cial when you get to read books with Gram­my to get you ready! For this addi­tion to our Rais­ing Star Read­ers fea­ture, we’re delight­ed to once again be show­cas­ing Deb Andries, a Nation­al Lit­er­a­cy Con­sul­tant who lives in Wis­con­sin, and two of her grand­chil­dren, who are […]



My Grandma and Me

My Grandma and Me

My Grand­ma and Me Mina Java­herbin illus­trat­ed by Lind­sey Yankey Can­dlewick Press, 2019 ISBN 978−1−4263−3304−0 If you were for­tu­nate to have one or two or three lov­ing grand­moth­ers, this book will touch your heart. Grand­mas can be the most lov­ing peo­ple in our long lives, teach­ing us about life, pass­ing along tra­di­tions, shar­ing sto­ries, help­ing […]



The New Book is Filling My Head

Lynne Jonell

After the sum­mer Bookol­o­gy hia­tus, Lynne Jonell is back with all sorts of images fill­ing her head for her new book.



Back-to-School Favorites

Thunder Rose

This list was con­tributed by Deb Andries and Mau­r­na Rome, friends, edu­ca­tors, and col­leagues! Favorites from Deb Andries: Alma and How She Got her Name by Jua­na Mar­tinez-Neal Dream­ers by Yuyi Morales A Qui­et Place by Doug Wood and Dan Andreasen The Day You Begin by Jacque­line Wood­son and Rafael López Tru­man by Jean Rei­di and […]