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Jul 29, 2014

For Bronte: Future Author/Illustrator - Two Middle Grade Books

For Bronte: Future Author/Illustrator – Two Middle Grade Books

Under The EggThe Boundless

ML and I perused her yearbook together recently.  Under each picture of the fifth graders, were their names and what they wanted to be when they grew up.  Many made me laugh, especially the one who wants to be a worker’s compensation lawyer.  To know so young the specific area of law you want to practice… he must know a worker’s comp lawyer.  I’ve met people halfway through law school who…

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Jul 24, 2014

Bella Lost and Found by Ryan O’Rourke

Bella Lost and Found by Ryan O’Rourke


My dear friends Debbie and Dale moved to Oriental, NC with their cats Bella and Coby to be near their sailboat.  When Bella Lost and Found by Ryan O’Rourke arrived at the library, I couldn’t stop thinking about their invitation to visit.  It’s time we venture to the Pamlico Sound, where ML experienced her first sailing trip when she was a mere eight months old.

What’s this book about?  The dust…

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Jul 23, 2014

Edward Gibbs’ I Spy Books

Edward Gibbs’ I Spy Books

I Spy With My Little EyeI Spy Under the Sea

ML read three Edward Gibbs’ I Spy books the other night while I cooked dinner.  She yelled to me in the kitchen, “Mommy, what’s that fish with the long nose?”  Then, quickly said, “Nevermind… Swordfish.”  She guessed all the answers for each page of these books using the written and visual clues.

This week at the library we received I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbsin board book format. …

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Jul 22, 2014

Nonfiction Matters

The article Children’s Nonfiction Risingfrom the Huffington Post reminded me of two things.  My pledge to read fifty-two nonfiction titles for children this year and my slacking off on posting about nonfiction. Our library catalog allows you to search the newest additions to the library.  One subject heading is Children’s Nonfiction.  Today I judged the books by the covers and checked out eight…

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Jul 16, 2014

In Memory of a Courageous Athlete

In Memory of a Courageous Athlete


My heart is breaking at the death of a young man I never met.  Over forty-five years ago, my parents were newlyweds living in a small town in south Georgia.  They met lifelong friends who had two small children.  When my parents moved three hours away, the friendship continued.  Doris and my mom wrote letters to each other back when that still happened.  Their family visited our family.  We…

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Jul 15, 2014

Books for a One Year Old Birthday Present

Books for a One Year Old Birthday Present

A dear friend of my mom’s, who has been wonderful to me since my mom passed away, sent this request a few weeks ago.  “Do you have a recommendation for a great book to give a one year old for their birthday? Been so long with my grands now I can’t think of the perfect one.”  She only asked for one idea but I gave her ten.

Good Night Gorilla

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathman – An unobservant zookeeper is followed…

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Jul 14, 2014

The Meaning of Maggie - A Middle Grade Novel

The Meaning of Maggie – A Middle Grade Novel


I don’t finish a lot of novels written for middle grades.  Instead, I read a few chapters because I need to have knowledge of these books for work.  If I finish one, I know it is worth sharing on the blog.  I cried while reading The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern.

When the book arrived at the library, the cover intrigued me.  Once I read the synopsis of the book and learned the author…

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Jul 12, 2014

New Picture Books to Read When ML Returns From the Beach

New Picture Books to Read When ML Returns From the Beach

It’s the end of the fiscal year for the library, which means great books are arriving everyday.  And ML’s not here.  These are the new picture books I’ll have at home for us to read when she returns.

Perfect Place For Ted

A Perfect Place For Ted by Leila Rudge– “A little dog named Ted sets out to find his perfect place, but no matter where he goes, he doesn’t stand out.  Will anyone ever notice Ted?”  Sometimes the…

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Jul 11, 2014

A Child’s Introduction to Art

A Child’s Introduction to Art

Child Intro to Art

A Child’s Introduction to Art by Heather Alexander and illustrated by Meredith Hamilton is the best resource I’ve seen for parents, teachers and children to nurture an interest in art.

The next time ML’s friend SJ is over, I’m getting the art table out. Taping paper on the underside. Finding the watercolors and paintbrushes. Afterwards, they can get to work feeling what it was like to paint the…

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Jul 9, 2014

Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell

Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell

Thank You Octopus

Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell  started out on the New Picture Books to Read When ML Returns From The Beach post.  But I five-starred it on Goodreads.  Most books I give five stars get a post of their own.

Last week, I learned he’s visiting our local book store.  I couldn’t wait to write a post about meeting him. Then, I learned it’s this upcoming Saturday.  Guess who has to work?  So I’m…

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