Close Reading Toolbox

Close Reading Toolbox

Today’s world is fast paced. Answers load instantaneously at the click of a button, and with phones, we always have access to information and people. Well, we have a close reading toolbox for you, teachers and caregivers, to get your students and kids to slow down and focus on what they’re reading. First off, we have some great new titles for them to hunker down with–either at their desk or in front of the fire over the holiday season. For those who love a mystery, there’s A Murder for Max, a short novel that centers […]






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Author Feature: Brian Harvey

Tokyo Girl by Brian Harvey

#TuesdayTalk with Brian Harvey. His new Frank Ryan mystery, Tokyo Girl, is on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your book. Feckless piano tuner Frank Ryan visits Tokyo and becomes an unwitting pawn in a beautiful woman’s scheme to bring down her gangster ex-boyfriend. What was the catalyst for your story? Many trips to Tokyo, a place that gets more fascinating, more puzzling and more weird every time I go there. What are the challenges of writing for or within a series? For me the main challenge is to keep your main character (the […]






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Yum, More Blueberries!

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The young twins in our board book More Blueberries can’t get enough of their favorite snack—and they aren’t the only ones! With playful rhyming text from award-winning poet Susan Musgrave and gorgeous illustrations by Esperança Melo, this exuberant board book will delight little ones and have everyone happily shouting, “More blueberries!” Blueberry cheeks, blueberry chin Blueberry teeth, blueberry grin Blueberry fingers, blueberry nose Blueberry lips, blueberry toes Yummy! Tasty! More blueberries! And what’s the best treat to go with a book about blueberries? Blueberry Crumble Bars! Ingredients: For the Blueberry Layer: 2 cups of fresh […]






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The Dark Side of the Moon

Stargazing on a clear night, wrapped in blankets and drinking hot cocoa is so beautifully serene. Sorting out constellations among all the stars, finding planets, and, over the course of a month, watching the moon grow and diminish. This craft put us in mind of our picture book In the Red Canoe, by Leslie A. Davidson and illustrated by Laura Bifano, follows the peaceful canoe ride between a granddaughter and her grandfather, gliding along the water and watching the animals around them. They dock back home at night, when they seem to be in a […]






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Author Feature: Jocelyn Shipley

Shatterproof by Jocelyn Shipley

#TuesdayTalk with Jocelyn Shipley. Her new novel, Shatterproof, is on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your book. Thirteen-year-old Nate needs a break from looking after his recently disabled mom, so one day when she thinks he’s at a cross-country meet, he goes to the mall with Lug, a friend he’s not supposed to have any contact with. At the skate shop Nate sees a new board he has to have but can’t afford. Lug talks him into running a money-making scam, based on Nate’s resemblance to a teen TV star in a series […]






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Spelling is Hard

Spelling in sand

Spelling is hard. And English words rarely sound as they spell which makes it even more complicated. But we have an easy-to-make and on-the-run way for teachers and caregivers to get kids to practice their spelling. 3 things are required for it: Sand — it can be kinetic sand, which is more easily malleable and stays in place better. An old pencil case Flashcards with words for kids to spell. Making this fun practice tool is easy. Simply put the sand in the bottom of the pencil case. Kids practice spelling and reading the words […]






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