Weekly Nibble: January 24, 2020

We started our third annual Battle of the Books last week, and I wanted to share our new bracket with you today! The books are always selected by the children, and it's so interesting to see which titles are the same from year to year and which new ones appear. Here's how the first round … Continue reading Weekly Nibble: January 24, 2020

Book Recommendations: I Survived Read-Alikes

Last month's Book Scouts theme was another one outside of my normal realm of preferred reading. I did some digging, and I think I unearthed some titles fit for fans of Lauren Tarshis's series that are hungry for more. I certainly found several non-fiction titles that I'd like to check out! Picture Books Pup and … Continue reading Book Recommendations: I Survived Read-Alikes

Battle of the Books: A March Madness Style Bracket that Works Year Round!

This post was originally published at Bryce Don't Play. Edits have been made to the original post. Outdated/irrelevant information has been struck through. New information has been added in red. Age Range: 2nd-4th or 5th gradeTime: 1 hour each week over the course of 15-17 weeksProgram Type: Outreach; Cumulative Series One of my favorite things about … Continue reading Battle of the Books: A March Madness Style Bracket that Works Year Round!

Book Review: All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

This review was originally published on the Johnson City Public Library blog. Edits have been made to the original post. Outdated/irrelevant information has been struck through and new information has been added in red. Eleven-year-old Imogene has grown up working with her family at the Florida Renaissance Faire. This year, she finally begins her training … Continue reading Book Review: All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

Side-by-Side Analysis: Finding Orion by John David Anderson & Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

This is the first time I've attempted something like this, but I recently read two middle grade chapter books back-to-back about which I had two very different opinions. It shocked me to go on Goodreads and find that I was in the minority with my opinions, so I began to analyze exactly why I liked … Continue reading Side-by-Side Analysis: Finding Orion by John David Anderson & Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Book Review: The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline K. Ogburn

This review was originally published on the Johnson City Public Library blog. Eleven-year-old Eric Harper has heard rumors of an elusive white deer that roams his family’s woods. One evening, he finally sees it for himself, and to his amazement, finds that it is actually a beautiful unicorn that needs help. Eric’s veterinarian neighbor hires … Continue reading Book Review: The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline K. Ogburn

Book Review: I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

It is 1969 and the space race is on! Ten-year-old Mamie’s teacher, Mrs. Collins (no relation to astronaut Michael Collins; she checked), asks her students to write a letter to one of the three astronauts being sent to the moon on the Apollo 11 mission. Only Mamie picks Michael Collins because, as she says, “he’s … Continue reading Book Review: I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted