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Sherman Alexie

Posted by Kate April 13, 2011, under Books | 10 Comments

Sherman Alexie has long been one of my favorite authors. From watching Smoke Signals as a teen, which introduced me to Fry Bread and Adam Beach, to reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian just a few years ago, I’ve been a fan. So when it came time to pick a poet to [...]

Have you downloaded your free copy of Wings by Aprilynne Pike?

Posted by Sara April 12, 2011, under Books | 38 Comments

Just a reminder that we currently have a contest going on to try to win a video message from Aprilynne Pike! If you haven’t downloaded your free digital copy of Wings by Aprilynne Pike, check out the following links below to get yours! And then tell your friends and your friends friends. Follow the links [...]

How the heck do you read that! The poetry of ee cummings

Posted by Sara April 12, 2011, under Books | 4 Comments

You would think that the style of ee cummings would absolutely drive an English teacher crazy, but I love it! E.E. Cummings, or ee cummings as is is commonly known,  is widely known for his lack of punctuation and disregard for grammatical rules in his poetry but in reality, it is what makes his poetry so unique. He [...]

Poetry Month Week 2: Classic Poetry

Posted by Sara April 11, 2011, under Books | No Comments

I’m a little late with this post! This week, we will be looking at what we consider “classic poetry.” The poetry that you may have been forced to read in school. The poetry that makes some of us cringe. However, to people like me (English teacher!) I strive to find ways to help people understand [...]

Gothic Beauty – The Life and Work of Edgar Allan Poe

Posted by Kirsten April 11, 2011, under Guest Gardeners | No Comments

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was orphaned at a young age and taken in by the Allan family of Richmond, Virginia.  He spent one semester at the University of Virginia but dropped out due to lack of funds. He then attended West Point Military Academy but left after [...]

Cover Crazy (11)

Posted by Donna April 11, 2011, under Books, Cover Crazy | 4 Comments

Monday, April 11th Check this out! Each week, we will post a cover. Just a cover that we stumbled across while browsing books, clicking around the internet, or exploring a library. The original founder of Cover Crazy is The Book Worms. If you would like to start out your own Cover Crazy, please credit The [...]

In My Mailbox (46)

Posted by Donna April 10, 2011, under Books, Cover Crazy | No Comments

April 10th We are so excited to be a part of this meme, called In My Mailbox, originally started on The Story Siren book blog. Basically, each week we will post what goodies, give-a-ways, ARCs, etc we received in the mail, books we purchased, or checked out from the library. To learn more about how [...]

“Twas brillig, and the slithy toves. . .” – The lyrical nonsense of Lewis Carroll

Posted by Sara April 8, 2011, under Books | 2 Comments

During a summer outing with the Liddill children, a stammering mathmatician told a story that would become one of the most beloved children’s books of all time. Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll is full adventure and nonsense. . . and poetry. Laced within this timeless classic is poems such as “Jabberwocky,” “The Walrus and [...]

Friday Five (40)

Posted by Donna April 8, 2011, under Cover Crazy | 1 Comment

April 8th One of our favorite authors, Cheryl Renee Herbsman inspired us to start one of our own Friday Fives. Check out her amazing blog. The way this works is each Friday morning we will post a prompt, question, topic, idea, etc that we will respond to. We will try to keep it general but [...]

this is teen

Posted by Donna April 7, 2011, under Books, Special Events | 51 Comments

Today Scholastic announced a new book tour called “this is teen” – Extensive and integrated teen community to include Facebook, SCVNGR, and national tour featuring bestselling authors Meg Cabot, Libba Bray, and Maggie Stiefvater New York, NY, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — This spring, Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, will launch [...]

Congratulations Becky B. – winner of Friendship on Fire!

Posted by Maryanne April 7, 2011, under Blog Tours, Contests and Giveaways | 1 Comment

Using random.org, I pulled Becky B.s name as the winner of the Friendship On Fire giveaway. Thank you to all who entered – the answer to “What activity causes pash rash?” was “kissing”. Becky B. – check your email.  I need your mailing address so that Danielle Weiler can send you a copy of her [...]

Jack Prelutsky

Posted by Kate April 7, 2011, under Books | 7 Comments

There are a lot of great poets who write for children, and admittedly, I had trouble picking just one. In trying to narrow it down I grabbed a copy of Read-Aloud-Rhymes for the Very Young and there on the cover was the answer! Poems for this collection were selected by Jack Prelutsky. Amid all the [...]

Chat with Gayle Forman April 20th!

Posted by Georgia April 6, 2011, under Books | 5 Comments

  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! We are going to be chatting live with Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay and the newly released sequel Where She Went, on April 20th at 9 PM EST.  You will not want to miss it, we always have a fantastic time chatting with Gayle, and you will WANT to [...]

What if the falling up sidewalk ends? Shel Silverstein Poetry

Posted by Donna April 6, 2011, under Books | 2 Comments

When I started teaching poetry in my classroom, I also started collecting poetry for children. One of my favorite writers is Shel Silverstein. Actually, my first experience with Shel Silverstein dates back to when I was really little. I would spend part of my summer at my Granny’s house. Granny was a teacher so she [...]

Video message from Aprilynne Pike!

Posted by Sara April 5, 2011, under Books | No Comments

We received a video message from Aprilynne Pike to help us introduce our Wings Contest! Aprilynne Pike Introduces the WINGS Read-a-Long Challenge!

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