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Out of Wonder

Out of Wonder

Out of Wonder Written by Kwame Alexander, with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth Illustrated by Ekua Holmes Published by Candlewick Press ISBN: 978-0-7636-8094-7 Grades 3-8 Book Review “A poem is a small but powerful thing. It has the power to reach inside of you, to ignite something in you, and to change you in ways […]

Wolf in the Snow

Wolf in the Snow

Wolf in the Snow Written and Illustrated by Matthew Cordell Published in 2017 by Feiwel and Friends ISBN 978-1-250-07636-6 Grades preK-3   Book Review Get ready to challenge all of your assumptions about stories of girls in red-hooded jackets and wolves. Counter to traditional fairy tales that caution (and condition) us to be fearful of […]

Flying Lessons and Other Stories

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Flying Lessons and Other Stories Edited by Ellen Oh Published in 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers ISBN: 978-1-101-93459-3 Grades 4-6     Book Review  Don’t we all have “milk-snorting-out-of-your-nose…listen-to-how-cool-and-awesome-we-are…come-close-so-we-can-whisper-in-your-ear” stories? In this groundbreaking anthology, published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books and edited by its co-founder Ellen Oh, are ten stories by […]

Giant Squid: Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book

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Giant Squid By Candace Fleming, Illustrated by Eric Rohmann Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-59643-599-5 All Ages 2017 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children  Book Review Giant squid remains a mystery. The first photograph of a living giant squid was not taken until 2004; the first video of a live giant […]

One Today

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One Today Written by Richard Blanco, Illustrated by Dav Pilkey Published by Little Brown, 2015 ISBN: 978-0-316-37144-5 Grades K-Up Book Review Only five U.S. presidential inaugurations included poets reading their work. Of those five poems, only two have been turned into picture books. One was illustrated by Dav Pilkey, author-illustrator of the Captain Underpants series. […]

The Family Romanov

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia Written by Candace Fleming Published by Random House Children’s Books ISBN: 978-0-385-86782-8 Grades 7 and Up    Book Review What do we really know and understand about the Romanov family? What really happened to them almost one hundred years ago when they fell from […]

Here Come the Humpbacks!

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Written by April Pulley Sayre Illustrated by Jamie Hogan Charlesbridge Publishers ISBN 978-1-58089-405-0 All Ages Book Review “The mother and calf swim over underwater hills and valleys. They see seaweed and sailfish and squid. They pass turtles and trash.” Using her trademark writing style (sentences of alternating length, robust verbs, alliteration, and similes and metaphors), […]

Titanic

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson Scholastic Press, 2012 IBSN 978-0-545-11674-9 Grades 5-8 Book Review Rhoda Abbott. Olaus Jorgensen Abelseth. Lawrence Beesley. Frank Goldsmith. Charles Lightoller. Mother of two. Swedish immigrant turned South Dakota farmer. Science teacher. Nine year-old. Second officer on the RMS Titanic. All survivors of the disaster, and some of […]

Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story

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Written and Illustrated by Thomas F. Yezerski Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 2011 ISBN 978-0-374-34913-4 Grades 3-8  Book Review There are wetlands, and there are wetlands. For many adults, the Meadowlands of New Jersey can rouse certain images: chemical factories belching out smoke, Tony Soprano, the massive convergence of crowded highways leading in and out […]

Night Flight and Amelia Lost

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This week, The Classroom Bookshelf reviews two new biographies about Amelia Earhart that we felt deserved attention in today’s classrooms. This is our first experiment blogging about two related books concurrently, Night Flight, a picture book, and Amelia Lost, a chapter book. There are two separate reviews; our Teaching Invitations for the primary and intermediate […]