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By September 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Best Freebie Friday Ever: Thousands of Ebooks FOREVER

Teachers and librarians, rejoice! Here’s the best Freebie Friday EVER. Thousands of ebooks for your unlimited use, for free, with NO END DATE OR LIMIT! Currently available for the iPad, Epic! is a fast-growing service developed by industry leaders to provide engaging, quality literature on tablets and digital devices. Even though I’m an Android user, […]

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Which First Lines Will Make YOU Keep Reading?

Which First Lines Will Make YOU Keep Reading?

Cindy and Lynn: One of our favorite middle-school library contests is a First Lines Contest. We challenge students and staff to plunder the library collection to find strong opening lines that make them want to read more. This makes an easy bulletin board or website post and is a great kick-off to the school year. It’s […]

Posted in: Book Lists, Bookends, Kidlit
Going Over, by Beth Kephart: The Berlin Wall for YA

Going Over, by Beth Kephart: The Berlin Wall for YA

Lynn: Recently, my fifth-grade grandsons and I visited the Grand Rapids Public Museum, where a section of the Berlin Wall is on exhibit. After listening to me try to explain how it came to be, one of them asked, “Didn’t people try to get across it?” “Yes,”  I said, “That is exactly what people tried to […]

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The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House, by Eric Litwin

Cindy: And you think bedtime at your house is nuts??? Check out The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House (Little, Brown 2014) for a reality check! Before you do anything else, though, watch the Bedtime at the Nuthouse video above. Now, imagine a room full of librarians singing this song and pointing their fingers like Mama […]

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By September 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Hug Machine

Of Scott Campbell’s picture book Hug Machine (Simon & Schuster), Sarah Hunter wrote, “a silly concept delightfully rendered.” And while I can’t say Sarah’s words alone would have led me to envision this trailer, I do think it qualifies for that same silly/delightful description. I try not to prescribe to exercise fads, but this might have potential. If the 90-Second […]

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Coming Soon! The Booklist Reader

Coming Soon! The Booklist Reader

Cindy and Lynn: Changes are afoot at Bookends. Booklistonline is redesigning its bevy of blogs into a new one new blog presence called The Booklist Reader. Bookends will still exist but we will function as a department within the larger blog alongside your other favorite Booklist blogs. Keir Graff explains the change in more detail […]

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Raising Your Spirited Badger

Raising Your Spirited Badger

I revisited a bit of family lore the other day, regarding my oldest daughter’s first encounter with Russell Hoban’s Frances series.  I was reading Bread and Jam for Frances aloud, when her violet eyes grew wide with forbidden pleasure as she said in a scandalized voice, “Frances is naughty!” Yes, she absolutely is. Frances may be a badger, but she is us.  When I was recalling all this to […]

The Right Word by Jen Bryant

The Right Word by Jen Bryant

Lynn:  When I first heard about The Right Word:  Roget and His Thesaurus (Eerdmans 2014) I KNEW I would love it.  The winning team of Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet AND the story of Peter Roget – a shy boy who loved words and made lists!  I’ve now read the book in falling- apart galley […]

Ghosting by Edith Pattou

Ghosting by Edith Pattou

Cindy: Last week we linked to Edith Pattou’s fairy tale East in our blog post about Margi Preus’ new book West of the Moon and now this week we have a new book, hot off the press, by Pattou. In Ghosting (Skyscape 2014) she has left the frightening world of fairy tales and set this […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Earth Space Moon Base

If you, or a reader you know, are in the mood for a scary/silly outer-space treat, look no further than today’s BTT for picture-book debut Earth Space Moon Base (Random). The bleepy-boingy soundtrack and effects are sure to cause giggles in children of all ages.

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