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Separate is Never Equal

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation   Sibert Honor Book; Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Book; Orbis Pictus Honor Written and Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4197-1054-4 Grades 3 and Up Book Review “Go back to the Mexican school! You don’t belong […]

Steve Jenkins

This week, on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m., we are hosting a very special event at Lesley University. Please click the link below to join us for the Finnegan Children’s Lecture Series featuring acclaimed author Steve Jenkins.  Evelyn M. Finnegan Children’s Literature Lecture Series Featuring Steve Jenkins To celebrate, this week’s blog entry spotlights three […]

The Year of Billy Miller

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Grades 1-3 Written by Kevin Henkes Published by Greenwillow Books, Harper Collins, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-06-226812-9 Book Review “Billy sighed. He realized that as soon as one problem is solved, something else is right there, waiting to take up your time.” Throughout Billy Miller’s second grade school year, new problems do surface, one after the other, […]

A Home for Bird

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Written and Illustrated by Philip Stead A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press ISBN 978-1-59643-711-1 All Ages Review Should you ever lose a beloved toy or dear possession, you can only hope that it receives a level of tender care that approximates the devotion Vernon the toad demonstrates in Phillip Stead’s A Home for Bird. This […]

Poem Runs

Poem Runs By Doug Florian Harcourt Children’s Books Boston  2012 ISBN: 978-0-547-68838-1 K-8 Review The leaves are getting greener by the day, and not only can we catch the scent of spring blossoms in the air, but perhaps a hint of peanuts, Cracker Jack, and the smell of new leather, too. As the crack of […]