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  • 'Sam & Dave Dig a Hole' by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
    'Sam & Dave Dig a Hole' by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
    "Sam & Dave Dig a Hole" is deservedly a Caldecott Honor Book. The story? Sam and Dave dig a hole while their dog watches. But...of course that's not the (w)hole story. Not at all.The illustrations and the text work together...
  • 'Hermelin: The Detective Mouse' by Mini Grey: A mystery picture book
    'Hermelin: The Detective Mouse' by Mini Grey: A mystery picture book
    "Hermelin: The Detective Mouse" by Mini Grey is a picture book that older kids love. As the title might suggest, the book is filled with mysteries that Hermelin, the mouse detective, must solve.The story begins with a full page...
  • Where Bear? by Sophy Henn
    'Where Bear?' by Sophy Henn: Picture book about a boy and a bear
    Sometimes, simpler is better. Sophy Henn keeps it simple in "Where Bear?" her debut picture book. The story will spark many discussions about a variety of topics, but kids will enjoy hearing the simple story of a boy and his bear.They...
  • 'El Deafo' by Cece Bell: Extraordinary graphic novel for middle grade
    'El Deafo' by Cece Bell: Extraordinary graphic novel for middle grade
    "El Deafo" is a graphic novel by Cece Bell. That is why I almost didn't read it. I don't read graphic novels. I would have missed a wonderful story with a wonderful theme. It's funny, touching, and most of all -- about a girl...
  • Jungle of Bones by Ben Mikaelsen
    'Jungle of Bones' by Ben Mikaelsen: Young adult survival story about change
    In "Jungle of Bones" by Ben Mikaelsen, the stubborn teenage boy who is the protagonist is on his way to a troubled future. His father was killed while reporting in Darfur, and his mother does not know how to cope with Dylan's anger...
  • 'The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma'
    'The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma'
    "The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma" by Diane and Christyan Fox is a picture book that parents, teachers, and definitely little ones will love.It's a fractured fairy tale -- a fairy tale classic...
  • Teachers
    Teachers, the real leaders
    Now a days, many corporate profit and nonprofit organizations have a stake in the country’s public education system. Most often, their stake involves helping the schools, in some form or fashion, do better. However, what are teachers’...
  • 'Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes': Middle grade nonfiction
    'Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes': Middle grade nonfiction
    "Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes" by Juan Felipe Herrera and illustrated by Raúl Colón is a must-have nonfiction book for every middle grade classroom. It's beautifully illustrated, although perhaps in a manner that adults will...
  • An empty classroom
    Helping your child and their teacher
    Parents often say they don’t have time to keep up with what’s happening in their child’s classroom or to help at the school. The reason is often the parent has to work during school hours. This doesn’t mean a parent can...
  • Captain Planet Gardens
    Captain Planet gardens
    On September 2, 2014, the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) rolls out a new item for the classroom: Project Learning Garden™ program. The classroom will need to order the lesson supply kit to build their school garden. The typical classroom...
  • Cat Napped!
    'Cat Napped!' by Leeza Hernandez: Simple picture book for cat lovers
    "Cat Napped!" by Leeza Hernandez is a fabulous picture book for very young readers. The story is adorable, the words simple and direct and the illustrations expressive and colorful. Children will love listening to the story as a read...
  • Classroom
    Common Core puts California kids last in class
    In California, the State Board of Education decides on educational standards for all students. Those standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade from kindergarten through high school. What the...
  • R Is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet by Adam F. Watkins
    'R Is for Robot' by Adam F. Watkins: A noisy alphabet picture book
    "R Is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet" by Adam F. Watkins is a colorful and clever picture book that kids will love.It's always fun for kids to be able to "help" read a picture book, and what better way to have early readers...
  • Staples plus offer teacher appreciation weekend
    Staples plus offer teacher appreciation weekend
    It is amazing that with all the money that taxpayers put into school systems; that our teachers still have to spend over $400 of their own money each year in school supplies for themselves and students. Fortunately, with the start of the new...
  • Young entrepreneurs in class
    Is British Columbia falling behind in child entrepreneurship?
    Do a search for junior entrepreneur programs in Canada and nearly everything you turn up will be based in Ontario or New Brunswick. Even Alberta and Quebec get in on the action, but British Columbia is sadly lacking in programs to get kids...