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Wed, April 16th, 2014
Firefly July Selected by Paul B. Janeczko
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  I know it is early in the year to be announcing favorite books but I have no doubt that Firefly July:  A Year of Very Short Poems (Candlewick 2014) is going to be one of mine.  Let me count the ways that I LOVE this book! The book is divided into seasons beginning with […]

Mon, March 31st, 2014
I Met a Dragon Face to Face…
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: March is Reading Month is winding to a close but before it does I want to share a creative project made by our video productions teacher at Harbor Lights Middle School, Heather Postma. Heather and her students support the library and reading often with interviews, book talks, and other literary features but she outdid […]

Mon, October 29th, 2012
Book of Animal Poetry edited by J. Patrick Lewis
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite page in this book. Okay, maybe I am partial to the grasshopper opposite the title page. The angle of the photograph makes it appear as if the little guy is flying overhead. But there’s no poetry on that page, so that can’t be my favorite. 2011 […]

Wed, October 24th, 2012
The Hueys in The New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  When I saw Oliver Jeffers’ new book at our public library I grabbed it instantly.  The focus group and I had loved Stuck and I was eager to see what wackiness Jeffers was hatching now.  I wasn’t disappointed.  Not only is The Hueys in The New Sweater (Penguin/Philomel 2012) a terrific and oddball little […]

Mon, August 27th, 2012
Tag, Toss & Run by Paul Tukey & Victoria Rowell
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  Summer is winding down (sob) but there’s still plenty of days ahead that are ideal for outside play.  Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games (Storey 2012) is another ALA conference find that is sure to be helpful for entertaining your own kids or grandkids, or running excess energy off active little ones […]

Wed, April 11th, 2012
Rock the Drop 2012
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy and Lynn: Tomorrow, Thursday, 4.12.12 is Rock the Drop Day. What’s that, you say? Readergirlz Blog and Figment sponsors this annual event and Cindy spied it on a friend’s Facebook page this week (thank you Stacy Dillon of Welcome to My Tweendom). The details are spelled out here, but basically you are encouraged to leave […]

Thu, February 16th, 2012
Classic Tie-Ins
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: I’m reading a classic. Don’t faint. You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings. No, that quote is not about me reading a classic, although it could be. It’s the opening of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Last fall we read […]

Thu, January 19th, 2012
What Would YOU Pick?
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: As I write this, Lynn is winging her way to The American Library Association Midwinter Meetings in Dallas…propelled as much by excitement and nerves as she is by Delta Airlines. Her 2012 Newbery Award deliberations start tomorrow and I am left behind to work for two more days before I can leave town and […]

Tue, December 27th, 2011
Nursery Rhyme Comics
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn: “Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock,” is a rhyme most of us know from childhood.  Even in today’s too-busy-to-read-world at least some nursery rhymes are passed along to children.  Nursery rhymes have never been as much fun though as in Nursery Rhyme Comics:  50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists (Roaring […]

Wed, December 7th, 2011
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Not at my house, it’s not. The tree is up (but not decorated) and nothing is hung by the chimney with care. I’m a little behind in my holiday decorating this year. Fortunately, there are Christmas books to add some holiday cheer to my home and for us to recommend for your collections or […]

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