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Booktalking "A Grand Old Tree" by Mary Newell DePalma

There once was a large tree that had deep roots that planted herself sturdily in the ground. She was a helpful part of the forest.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Very Best Pumpkin" by Mark Kimball Moulton

Pumpkin Hollow Farm is where Peter lives with his grandparents and parents. Life is delicious on the farm, and the boy enjoys corn, strawberries, and pumpkins when they are in season. Read More ›

Booktalking "Dogtag Summer" by Elizabeth Partridge

Her Vietnamese name sounds like the call of shorebirds, but they call her Tracy in America.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Worst Princess" by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie

Princess Sue has done all of the right things. She grew her braids long. She waited patiently and looked hopefully out the tower window for her prince.Read More ›

Booktalking "Pino and the Signora's Pasta" by Janet Pedersen

All of the feral cats of Rome eagerly anticipate the delicious pasta that is regularly brought by the Signora.Read More ›

My Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes

I love all books by Dr. Seuss. Here are a few of my favorite quotes: Read More ›

Booktalking "Audition and Subtraction" by Amy Fellner Dominy

Tay-Lo. That's how Tatus and Lori's friends have referred to them for the longest time. They always seem to be together.Read More ›

Booktalking "Wanderville" by Wendy McClure

Driving a wagon with runaway horses, freedom from child labor, pining for parents to take care of them, and letting their imaginations run wild. The kids in this story have a bunch of fun…on their own.Read More ›

Booktalking "Guitar Notes" by Mary Amato

Lyla and Tripp share a guitar room, but only one person is allowed in the room at a time. Two would be a scandal. So, Lyla uses the room on even days and is "Ms. Even;" Tripp is known as "Mr. Odd."Read More ›

Booktalking "Gluten-Free Birthday for Me!" by Sue Fliess

Have to celebrate special occasions and birthdays with food intolerances? No problem. Gluten-free birthday cake is the answer to this dilemma! Rice and corn are often used in place of wheat flour in baking, but it can be rather dense if not treated carefully. The girl in this story solved the problem by baking a cake with her mother.

Piñatas, relay races, painted faces, removable tattoos, and even cake that gluten-free folks can eat. Sounds like a fabulous kids' birthday party to me! No one has to feel left out. Presents, party favors, and everyone goes 

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Booktalking "Red Thread Sisters" by Carol Antoinette Peacock

A Chinese legend decrees that a red thread connects those who are destined to meet, and it never breaks. A red thread connects Wen and Shu Ling, as close as sisters in their Chinese orphanage.Read More ›

Booktalking "Zebra Forest" by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Eleven-year-old Annie, 9-year-old "Rew" (Andrew) and Gran reside together in a country house adjacent to the Zebra Forest. That is, white birch trees interspersed with darkness makes the trees reminiscent of a zebra's stripes. Annie and Rew love the Zebra. They also adore acting out Treasure Island and enjoying other books. Read More ›

Booktalking "Sugar Hill" by Carole Boston Weatherford

Sugar Hill is at the heart of Harlem, New York, the mecca of African American art and culture. Read More ›

Booktalking "My Dad Thinks He's Funny" by Katrina Germein

The lame jokes, the corny repertoire. None of it is funny, yet you are supposed to laugh. We've all been there with our parents.Read More ›

Booktalking "News for Dogs" by Lois Duncan

Andi and Bruce love their dogs, Bebe, Friday, and Red Rover more than anything.Read More ›

Booktalking "Doctor White" by Jane Goodall

Hospitals can be scary places for kids. All of the machines, strange noises and people that they do not know can be confusing. Sometimes, they endure painful procedures. They do not feel well, and they do not know what is going on. They miss their friends and family. Luckily for them, they have Dr. White.Read More ›

Booktalking "All Four Stars" by Tara Dairman

Gladys Gatsby is a sixth-grade chef-in-training. A bona fide foodie, she loves everything pertaining to food. Read More ›

Booktalking "Return to Sender" by Julia Alvarez

12-year-old Tyler is enjoying life at his Vermont farm, and all seems well. Then, his family hires illegal immigrant Mexican workers. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Birthday Ball" by Lois Lowry

Princess Patricia Priscilla and yellow cat, Delicious, lead a life of luxury... but it's boring, boring, boring. Read More ›

Booktalking "I Lived on Butterfly Hill" by Marjorie Agosin

Ten-year-old Celeste is living an idyllic life in Chile with her parents, relatives, and friends Gloria, Lucilia, Marisol and Cristobal... until things start changing. Read More ›
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