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Katie Cunningham

About Katie Cunningham

Katie is an associate professor of literacy at Manhattanville College. Her work focuses on children’s literature, literacy methods, and literacy leadership. Katie is the author of Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning and co-author of Literacy Leadership in Changing Schools. She is passionate about the power of stories to transform lives.

Before Morning

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Before Morning Written by Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Beth Krommes Published in 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grades K-5 ISBN: 978-0-547—97917-5 Book Review What do you wish for? In this striking picture book by the dynamic team of Newberry Honor winner Joyce Sidman and Caldecott medalist Beth Krommes, readers are invited to wonder about a […]

Best of 2016 and Happy Holidays

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It has been another extraordinary year in children’s and young adult literature. On January 2nd, we’ll be back with a regular posting. In the meantime, we wanted to share a collection of “Best of 2016″ lists so that you have them all in one place. Part of our book selection process involves reading reviews by […]

Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White

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Written by Melissa Sweet Afterword by Martha White Published in 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grades K-6 ISBN: 978-0-544-31959-2 Book Review “All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.” Elwyn Brooks White, better known as E.B. White to the world and Andy […]

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 […]

Steamboat School: Inspired by a True Story

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Paper Wishes

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Paper Wishes Written by Lois Sepahban Published in 2016 by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers ISBN 978-0-374-30216-0 Grades 3-8 Book Review How do we sensitively teach children about the painful truths of American history? Perhaps the best method we have is with moving, memorable stories that reveal the inner lives of people most […]