Category Archives: Books

What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?

I’m often wondering what I want to be when I grow up. There’s so much happening in life and the world that I can’t imagine that there won’t be a time when I find a new career to explore. I … Continue reading

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Sketch, Doodle, Draw

Something I absolutely delight in as a teacher is finding and appreciating the imaginations of my students through their drawings. Sometimes I receive these delightful treats as gifts, “I drew this for you Miss M.” Other times I grumble at … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cows Going Past, an early reader picture book by Bruce Balan

Moving to a new home and taking coding classes have kept me home-bound for quite a while now. When I found Cows Going Past  at the library, it made me realize how badly I want to get out of town. It’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gossamer, a junior level novel by Lois Lowry

At the library, I was hoping to find a spooky young adult or junior novel. What I found was a hauntingly sweet novel by Lois Lowry, Gossamer. I liked the title and the cover looked ghostly, so I decided to … Continue reading

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Chris Riddell’s Ottoline Series (Junior Level Novel)

Currently, there are three novels in the Ottoline series. I’ve managed to check out two at my local library, Ottoline and the Yellow Cat & Ottoline Goes to School. The main character is a young girl who lives mostly on … Continue reading

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Top 5 Reasons I Love Flipped, by Wendelin Van Draanen

I know they say they you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but honestly, if not for the strange cover of this book, it may have never caught my attention. Top 5 Reasons I Love Flipped, by Wendelin Van … Continue reading

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Top 5 Reasons I Love Trickster, Part of the Vet Volunteers Series by Laurie Halse Anderson

We often ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. Such a tricky question. Sometimes it’s hard to know because experiences can be extremely limited. With a good book, however, kids can often get a taste of lives … Continue reading

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5 Reasons I Loved Going on an Adventure with Jonathan Rock’s Survival Squad

Recently, I checked out Survival Squad: Out of Bounds written by Jonathan Rock. It is part of a junior level series, which currently includes four books. If you know kids who are into adrenaline rushes and outdoor adventures, you may … Continue reading

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Weekend Highlights: Sustainability Tour, The CSA Cookbook, Drip Irrigation

Sustainabilty and Recycling Tour From the heights of the Apex Landfill to the depths of the underground water filters at The Palazzo, Friday and Saturday were all about trash and recycling and repurposing in Nevada. The teacher training I attended was … Continue reading

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Laugh with the Pigeon Book Series

While administering a test to second grade students who were hunkered over laptops, I noticed that there were pigeons all around the room, on the covers of so many books that the students had brought with them. My curiosity overtook … Continue reading

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