THE FIRST MEN WHO WENT TO THE MOON It was the summer before I started college.  It was very late at night, and my parents gave up and went to bed after the initial Moon landing, but I wanted… Continue Reading →

Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf

  Olivia’s Birds:  Saving the Gulf I just recently discovered a marvelous book by a then 11-year-old girl, Olivia Bouler.  She created this wonder in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest… Continue Reading →

Engineering the Eiffel Tower

Engineering the Eiffel Tower Is your 8—12 year old fascinated with the Eiffel Tower?  My granddaughter is.  She has Eiffel Tower t-shirts, an Eiffel Tower lamp, and someday aspires to visit Paris, see the Eiffel Tower, and eat macaroons.  This… Continue Reading →

Ada Lace on the Case

Ada Lace on the Case There is so much for your 5—10 year-old to like about the chapter book, ADA LACE:  ON THE CASE! Poor Ada has just moved to a new city, and has a broken ankle, too!  Plus,… Continue Reading →

Terrific Tongues

Terrific Tongues By Maria Gianferrari I won a non-fiction picture book by Maria Gianferrari:  TERRIFIC TONGUES!  And I think it is pretty terrific!  Did you know that “if you had a tongue like an arrow, you might be a Chameleon?” … Continue Reading →

A is for Astronaut: Blasting Through the Alphabet

A is for Astronaut:  Blasting Through the Alphabet     Have you ever gazed up at the stars and tried to imagine what it would be like to travel there?  I grew up with Sputnik!  Yes, I’m as old as… Continue Reading →


ZOEY & SASSAFRAS: MERHORSES AND BUBBLES So what’s wrong with mixing science and fantasy in a book for ages 4-10?  I can’t think of a better way to engage both the mind and imagination!  I only wish I had books… Continue Reading →

Dear Sun, Dear Moon

Dear Sun, Dear Moon With the “Great American Solar Eclipse” rapidly approaching (Aug. 21, 2017), teachers, parents, and grandparents are frantically searching for books on eclipses for their students/children. Deborah Paggi’s book is a cleverly written conversation between the Sun… Continue Reading →

Twisted True Tales from Science: Medical Mayhem

When I was in middle school I visited Colonial Williamsburg. I was especially impressed by the apothecary shop (comparable to today’s drug store). In one of the bottles was the colonial equivalent of today’s aspirin. It was HUGE!! I could… Continue Reading →

Activities for Any Picture Book

I know you want your student or child to become a fluent reader.  That’s why I like Nancy Polette’s book, Activities for Any Picture Book  so well.  She includes multiple research-based instructional strategies to be used before, during, and after… Continue Reading →

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