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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 | 6 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!

Read-a-long,Contest, and FREE copy of Wings by Aprilynne Pike!

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

As a big fan of Aprilynne Pike and her Wings Series, I am so excited for EFG to be apart of an exciting contest! Beginning today, Wings, the first book of the series will be available for free download through the links below. Then we will host a read-a-long. The blog site with the most [...]

Book Review: Faerie Winter by Janni Lee Simner

Posted by Georgia April 5, 2011, under Books, Reviews | No Comments

Title: Faerie Winter Author: Jannie Lee Simner Synopsis: (from goodreads) The long-awaited sequel to Janni Lee Simner’s breathtaking YA fantasy debut, Bones of Faerie. Liza is a summoner. She can draw life to herself, even from beyond the grave. And because magic works both ways, she can drive life away. Months ago, she used her powers [...]

A Gold Mine of New Books Today!

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

WOW! I don’t know about you – but I feel like I won the book lottery today! So many new books – by some of our very favorite authors! Happy Release Day!   In no particular order – because they’re all sure to be amazing – here’s today’s new releases!   Cassandra Clare’s City of [...]

Children’s (or not) Poetry – Roald Dahl

Posted by Maryanne April 5, 2011, under Books, Special Events | 37 Comments

I guess you think you know this story. You don’t. The real one’s much more gory… ~Opening lines of Cinderella by Roald Dahl   When most of us think of Roald Dahl, the first thing that comes to mind are his novels for children – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,  The BFG,  Matilda,  James and [...]

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Friendship on Fire by Danielle Weiler

Posted by Maryanne April 5, 2011, under Blog Tours, Books, Contests and Giveaways, Debut Authors, Reviews | 4 Comments

From Goodreads.com: The first few days of year 12 are disastrous for school captain Daisy Brooks. But Daisy’s life takes a sudden turn when she is dared by Skye, the leader of the Blonde Brigade, to meet the mysterious, drop-dead gorgeous stranger, Nate, from rival school Addison Grammar. Daisy’s instant attraction to him disrupts her [...]

Oh the Places You’ll Go – Poetry in the World of Dr. Seuss

Posted by Sara April 4, 2011, under Books | 3 Comments

I don’t remember when I was first introduced to Dr. Seuss, I can just remember reading all of his books. Green Eggs and Ham was always my favorite as was The Tooth Book, that I got from my grandparents on my 8th birthday. Oh, the Places You’ll Go came later as a graduation gift from [...]

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