Tag Archives: 2011

Season’s Greetings!

With December 25th just a few days away, I’m sure your children are breathless with anticipation for “the big day”.  But not all of us celebrate Christmas, but perhaps Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, or some of us simply enjoy the feeling … Continue reading

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December Book Reviews, Part 2

The White Giraffe by Lauren St John From Miss Katie at Madison Martine is sent to live with her Grandmother when her parents are killed in a fire, and this isn’t that unusual; but what IS unusual is that Grandmother … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Eve Bunting!

(Please go here if the video does not load) Happy birthday, Eve Bunting! Eve Bunting, author of over 250 books for children, has tackled many difficult issues in her writing.  She doesn’t flinch away from topics like war, racism, or … Continue reading

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What’s That Shape? – Concept Books for Young Readers

We have addressed beginning concept books here in the past (like the alphabet, counting, and colors), and the next basic concept which will help your child learn to read better and do well in school is . . . shapes! … Continue reading

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December Book Reviews, Part 1

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary From Miss Katie at Madison As a young girl, I adored Ramona.  She was always trying her hardest, yet it seemed she never really got the results she wanted.  There are several books about … Continue reading

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December 2011 Featured Article

  2011 in a Nutshell The year has come and gone, but all your favorite Family Zone posts are cataloged for you to go back and enjoy time and time again.  Here’s a quick recap of our posts over the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Kevin Henkes!

  Kevin Henkes is a name steadfastly rooted in children’s literature, and it’s a name that has only gotten bigger over the years.  Henkes’ work for children, from picture books to novels, has shown both a flexibility in his storytelling … Continue reading

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Give the gift of reading this holiday season

  The holiday season is rapidly approaching – lights are being strung, dinners and get – togethers are being planned, and lists are being made (things to do, people to see, and much more!) With all of that running around … Continue reading

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November Book Reviews, Part 2

Our Stories Remember:  American Indian History, Culture, and Values Through Storytelling by Joseph Bruchac From Miss Heather at Butler and Lucas With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, November is a great time to explore the history and culture of Native Americans. … Continue reading

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November Book Reviews, Part 1

Ugly Pie by Lisa Wheeler From Miss Heather at Butler and Lucas Lisa Wheeler offers us a delightful story of a bear with a craving for pie, and what better month could there be to read a story about a delicious … Continue reading

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