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Mon, June 10th, 2013
Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: I think I am a Top 10 Fan of  Sports Illustrated Kids books. You may remember a previous post we did for the book All Access and if not, check out that one too. This book, Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball (Time Home Entertainment 2012) focuses specifically on baseball and will […]


Tue, April 23rd, 2013
L.A. Times Book Prize
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  I am just home from attending the L.A. Times Festival of Books last weekend.  What an amazing event!  We started Friday night with the awards ceremony where the winners of this year’s L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced in the gorgeous Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus.  I was lucky enough to be one […]


Tue, April 2nd, 2013
Bookends is on Spring Break
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy and Lynn: Bookends is on Spring Break this week. Keep Calm and Pretend You’re at the Beach…with a good book! Cindy has this poster on her front door and is trying not to whine about not being on the beach. Instead, this year, she is launching a kitchen remodel project and instead of sand […]


Sat, June 16th, 2012
Don’t Miss the Booklist Youth Forum – June 22
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim in less than a week away!  Both of us at Bookends will be attending so stay tuned for lots of conference reports and information on the great new books we discover.  We are faithful attendees at the Booklist Youth Forum too.  It is always a wonderful program and this year […]


Mon, June 11th, 2012
What My Mother Doesn’t Know…INDEED!
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: You never know WHAT you will find during locker clean out. As the school year drew to a close last week, I helped monitor the 8th grade wing of locker clean out and had a cart with me to collect any last library books that hadn’t been returned. As I rolled it back to […]


Wed, April 25th, 2012
Pete Hautman wins the L.A. Times Book Prize for YA Literature
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: I am still recovering from a fun weekend in L.A. attending the L.A. Times Book Prize and Festival. That article will give you an overview of all the fun I had at this festival that draws 140,000 visitors to celebrate the world of literature. Families, aspiring authors, teachers, and book lovers of all sorts […]


Tue, April 3rd, 2012
Spring Break
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

The tulips are blooming a month early in Holland and Bookends is on spring break.  See you on April 9th.


Thu, March 29th, 2012
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Do you have a way to gather reading suggestions from your children, teens, students? If not, find one. Even though the media keeps ringing the death knell for books my piles of to-read new titles has not diminished any. I do my best to sort through what the publishers generously send us, what I […]


Sun, March 11th, 2012
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Months behind the rest of the book-reading world, I finally read The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton 2012). I did not preorder the book–like the thousands of other true nerdfighter fans–because I could not trust myself to have the new John Green book in my house and stay focused on my 2011 L.A. Times […]


Fri, December 16th, 2011
Picture Books for Science-Loving Kids
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn: Our focus group loves science and I think they share that love with lots of kids.  We’re always looking for great new science-related books for the younger set and this week we have something a little unusual – picture books that are fiction yet also present scientific topics.  These two are ideal for common […]





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