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We’re Moving to the School Library Journal Blog Network!

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We are thrilled to announce that The Classroom Bookshelf is joining the School Library Journal Blog Network. SLJ is the world’s largest reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens. The SLJ blogs have long been some of our favorite sources of information on children’s and young adult literature, apps, technology, and informational […]

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

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Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous PhotographWritten by Roxane Orgill; Illustrated by Francis VallejoPublished by Candlewick Press, 2016ISBN # 978-0763669546 Grades 3 and up Book Review The year was 1958, and jazz music was everywhere in full force. Graphic designer and jazz enthusiast Art Kane pitched an idea to Esquire magazine to gather as […]

Pax

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Pax Written by Sara Pennypacker Illustrated by Jon Klassen Published in 2016 by Balzer + Bray Grades 4-8 ISBN: 978-0-06-237701-2 Book Review With eloquent prose and gripping plot development, Sara Pennypacker guides readers through a tumultuous and tender story about love, loyalty, grief, and the complex interdependence between humans and animals. Pax was a vulnerable […]

Diana’s White House Garden

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Diana’s White House Garden Written by Elisa Carbone and Illustrated by Jen Hill Published by Viking in 2016 ISBN 978-0-670-01649-5 Grades PK – 6 Book Review The year is 1943; America is at war and the inhabitants of the White House include President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his wife Eleanor, and a spunky ten year old […]

A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

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A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket Written by Deborah Hopkinson Published by Alfred A. Knopf Publishing ISBN: 978-0-385-75499-6 Grades 4-8 Book Review “These days, when anyone asks, I say I’m an American, New York City-born. And why not? Because, in a way, I was born here.” Rocco Zaccaro is ripped away from […]

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

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Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems Written by Bob Raczka Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2016 ISBN 978-1-62672-236-1 Grades 2 and up Book Review In Wet Cement, author Bob Raczka begins with a credo: “I like to think of poems as word paintings.” Indeed, the concrete poetry—also known as shape poetry—filling the pages of […]

Booked

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Booked Written by Kwame Alexander Published in 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grades 4-8 ISBN: 978-0-544-57098-6 Book Review Newbery medal-winning author Kwame Alexander has another captivating and emotionally charged novel-in-verse in Booked. Nick Hall is an eighth grader who is both likable and relatable. He loves soccer, hanging with his best friend, and playing FIFA […]

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths.

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths Written by Marilyn Singer and Illustrated by Josee Masse Published by Dial in 2016 ISBN 978-0-8037-3992-5 Grades 3-8 Book Review Turning her attention to Greek mythology, Marilyn Singer, a recent recipient of the NCTE award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry, offer readers a third title in her intriguing […]

Raymie Nightingale

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Raymie NightingaleWritten by Kate DiCamillo Published by Candlewick Press, 2016ISBN 978-0-7636-8117-3 Grades 4-8 Book Review “The world went on. People left and people died and people went to memorial services and put orange blocks of cheese into their purses. People confessed to you that they were hungry all the time. And then you got up in […]

Happy Poetry Month!

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We enjoy poetry in the classroom all year long, but April is a special month to recognize the power that poetry has to move us, to entertain us, and to help us see the world in new ways. In today’s entry, we highlight some poetry books recently featured on The Classroom Bookshelf and offer a […]