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Nanette’s Baguette


Nanette’s Baguette Written and Illustrated by Mo Willems Published by Disney / Hyperion in 2016 Grades PreK – 6 Book Review Has Mo Willems done it again? “You bet!”  Combining word play, innovative illustration, and a scenario to which young children can easily relate, beloved author/illustrator Mo Willems delivers yet another picture book guaranteed to […]

The Seventh Wish

The Seventh Wish Written by Kate Messner Published in 2016 by Bloomsbury Grades 4-8 ISBN: 978-1-61963-376-6 Book Review  “I must have imagined the voice. I have magic flowers and crystal dresses and wishes swirling around my brain, and that all added up to a fish talking.” Life for twelve-year-old Charlie Brennan suddenly changes when she […]

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark


I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Written by Debbie Levy; Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016 ISBN # 978-1-4814-6559-5   Grades K and up   Book Review “Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others […]

2016 Election Resources


While teaching my course Exploring Nonfiction in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom this summer, I created this padlet page of resources on the 2016 Election. If you are a classroom teacher or school librarian trying to wrap your head around how to teach about this election, I hope these varied resources are useful to […]

The Inquisitor’s Tale


The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog By Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly Published by Dutton Children’s Books Grades 5-8 Book Review “Whether you go your separate ways or stay together, you will continue to witness— against ignorance, against cruelty, and on behalf of all that is beautiful about […]

Maybe Something Beautiful


Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood Written by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and Illustrated by Rafael Lopez Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2016 ISBN 978-0-544-35769-3   All Ages   Book Review “In the heart of a gray city, there lived a girl who loved to doodle, draw, color, and paint.” […]

Steamboat School: Inspired by a True Story


 Steamboat School: Inspired by  a True Story Written by Deborah Hopkinson      Illustrated by Ron Husband Published in 2016 by Disney-  Hyperion Grades K-6 ISBN: 978-142312196-1 Book Review “I always thought being brave was for grown-up heroes doing big, daring deeds. But Mama says that sometimes courage is just an ordinary boy like me […]

The Gallery

The Gallery

 The Gallery Written by Laura Marx Fitzgerald Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016 ISBN #978-0-525-42865-7 Grades 5 and up Book Review It’s said that what happened to the once vibrant, brazen heiress “Wild Rose” Pritchard is “What happens to most girls . . . She got married. She settled, eventually. And then—” But […]

Towers Falling

Towers Falling

Towers Falling Written by Jewell Parker Rhodes Published by Little, Brown and Company 2016 ISBN 978-0-316-26222-4 Grades 4-8 Book Review “Six weeks at a new school has changed everything. School didn’t teach me everything about 9/11. Still, I understand a lot more. I understand some of the enormous hurt to families, my family, and country” […]

What We Believe Matters Most When Selecting Books

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This is our first official entry with The School Library Journal Blog Network, and we are overjoyed and proud to be a part of this community. At The Classroom Bookshelf, we like to take the time at the start of the school year to reflect on what matters most in our classrooms and in bringing […]