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Category: book review

It’s Summertime…

It's the middle of July! How did that happen? I hope you're enjoying lazy days by the pool, sipping cool drinks, and losing yourself in breezy romance novels. Yeah. Me neither. People keep asking me if I'm enjoying my summer and I tell them no. Then I mention something about

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December Book-a-Day 22: It’s Christmas, David!

Book David's at it again in It's Christmas, David! This time he's trying to peek at presents and steal cookies. And of course we'll find nakey David running down the street again, this time in boots and mittens! Be warned if you intend to read this to a school class

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December Book-a-Day 21: The Polar Express

For the first time since I was a student, I'm enjoying a snow day. Although today would be my last pick for a snow day. I have Christmas presents to give the kids and we didn't get to wrap up any of our Christmas activities. No Christmas tree crafts, no

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December Book-a-Day 18: Snowmen at Christmas

Buried in a winter wonderland, yet? It hasn't been too bad in Utah, but there is definitely enough snow for a snow man.Book Snowmen at Christmas tackles the deep question: how do snowmen celebrate the holiday? Like the original Snowmen at Night, Carlayn and Mark Buehner (from Utah!) give us

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December Book-a-Day 17: Olive, the Other Reindeer

Olive, the Other Reindeer is one of my favorite Christmas books for the sweet story and darling illustrations. My students always got such a kick out of the pun in the title. Did you know there's a pop up edition and an Olive the Other Reindeer pop-up advent calendar? So

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December Book-a-Day 16: Llama Llama Holiday Drama

My students (and perhaps their teacher) have reached the point of December where they're tired of all the hustle and bustle of preparing and are ready to do some celebrating. I think we could all use a little Christmas break. Little Llama can sympathize… Book Llama Lllama Holiday Drama is

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December Book-a-Day 15: The Legend of the Poinsettia

Book The Legend of the Poinsettia is one of Tomie dePaolo's wonderful Christmas stories. This description from Booklist tells the story better than I can. "In this legend from Mexico, a little girl, Lucinda, is proud to help her mother weave a new blanket for the Baby Jesus to be

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December Book-a-Day 14: A Merry Little Christmas

Book In her iconic style, Mary Engelbreit gives us A Merry Little Christmas. It's a rhyming account of the little mouse family's Christmas preparations–from A to Z. The illustrations are full of colorful details. It's a cheery holiday read! Activity List letters from A-Z on a sheet of paper. Can

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December Book-a-Day 13: Reindeer Christmas

Book Reindeer Christmas tells the store of a cold December night when two young children and their grandmother stumble across a tired, lost deer in the forest. They bring the deer home to feed and take care of it. In the morning the deer is gone before they wake. On Christmas

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