Author Archives: Gary Anderson

Review: THE PLAYBOOK: 52 RULES TO AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME CALLED LIFE by Kwame Alexander

No one these days is delivering better sports books than Kwame Alexander.  He writes other things too, but his sports books, including The Crossover and Booked, consistently reach readers who don’t usually read and provided satisfying stories for more experienced … Continue reading

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More Recent Nonfiction Picture Books: President-Plants-Protest-Princess Edition

As John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday approaches later this month, some new picture books portray various aspects of his legacy. Last month I reviewed Ryan Tubridy’s Patrick and the President, and this month’s reviews include two more Kennedy books, along … Continue reading

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Nine More Nonfiction Picture Books for Your Consideration

Several books about animals are featured in this month’s round-up of recent nonfiction picture books.  I hope these brief descriptions are useful as you select books for your school or family collections.  You will be able to tell which ones … Continue reading

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My Top Ten Favorite Cover Versions of Chuck Berry Songs

Wow. Chuck Berry is gone. Rosanne Cash nailed it in her Instagram post: “Lights out on the Twentieth Century.” Chuck Berry changed how electric guitar is played. His song-writing was poetry for common people. He synthesized musical styles and created … Continue reading

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Talking about Quotation Marks with President Trump

I don’t usually use my blog for political purposes, but President Trump has taken to giving punctuation lessons, and that’s my turf, so here goes. As we know, President Trump tweeted this: Then he tweeted this: When it turned out … Continue reading

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Review: THE ENEMY: DETROIT 1954 by Sara Holbrook

From her “Chicks Up Front” days to a recent piece on how one of her poems was botched by a Texas standardized test, Sara Holbrook has always been in the right place, saying what needs to be said. It’s no … Continue reading

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What’s Not Wrong with All These Writing Conferences

For the past couple of years, I’ve worked in a college writing center.  I really like this job.  Students come to me with their papers, and we confer about their writing.  They think we’re working on the assignments, but my … Continue reading

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Seven More Nonfiction Picture Books for Your Consideration

This is a strong batch of books–no duds here.  Along with some of the books in last month’s installment of reviews, many of these titles can become part of a collection featuring culturally diverse personalities and topics. Frederick Douglass: The … Continue reading

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Six Nonfiction Picture Books for Young Readers

Each month in 2017, I’m planning to offer a round-up of recent nonfiction picture books with the hope that it will help parents and educators at all levels sort through and pick titles that are the best choices for their … Continue reading

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Do Whatever You Want

Before launching this blog six years ago, I wrote posts for a variety of online forums.  From time to time, I re-post them here if they still seem relevant.  This one originally appeared in slightly different form on English Companion. … Continue reading

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