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Baseball Books for the 2017 Off-Season: Cubs-Kinsella Edition

For this sixth annual round-up of baseball books I’ve read in the past year, I’m thinking about some things that are different this time.  One of them is sad; one of them is joyous. Let’s start with the joyous. The … Continue reading

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2016: My Year in Books

Warning: This post may be of no interest to anyone but myself. Here is my annual reflection on what I read in the past year, with a Top 16 for ’16, a list I may find myself disagreeing with by … Continue reading

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Six 2016 Nonfiction Picture Books for Your Consideration

Here are my thoughts on a few nonfiction picture books from the first half of 2016. These reviews first appeared on Goodreads in slightly different form. I hope this post is helpful to those choosing books for young readers. Pink … Continue reading

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Eleven Quick Book Reviews

Here are some of my recent book reviews. All of these originally appeared in other places, in some cases in slightly different form. I hope at least one of the books in this post appeals to you! Jerry Lee Lewis: … Continue reading

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Top Ten Picture Books for My (High School) Class and #pb10for10

In a recent blog post I wrote about my first ventures last year into using picture books with high school students. The biggest benefit of using these titles with students that are clearly older than the primary intended audience is … Continue reading

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It’s Picture Book Monday (in High School)

I’m 55 years old, and I like picture books. When I check out a stack of picture books from our terrific local library, my favorite circulation clerk shakes her head and says, “Gary. We really need to do something about … Continue reading

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Review: INSTRUCTIONS by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess

Instructions by Neil Gaiman My rating: 5 of 5 stars This illustrated version of Neil Gaiman’s poem “Instructions” tells “everything you’ll need to know on your journey.” The words and images seem to come from another time. The Charles Vess … Continue reading

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