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Snappsy the Alligator and his BFF - Blog Tour

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       As most of you know, I teach fifth grade, and we LOVE picture books. This was an especially fun book to read aloud, because it’s HILARIOUS, and the kids could really relate. I love that my students already have their personalities down and they truly understand if they are people persons or not.       We read Snappsy out loud and then they were asked to draw a scene they would add OR their favorite from the story. I hope to elaborate more on this as the year goes on and more Snappsy adventures come out.       My kids were definitely NOT too big to enjoy this story. Well done! 5 th grade APPROVED! SCHEDULE:   Week One: October 3 –  Bookish Things & More  – Review October 4 –  The Reading Nook Reviews  – Review October 5 –  Here’s to Happy Endings  - Review October 6 –  HomeSchool4life  – Review & Activity   October 10 –  Mom-Spot Network  – Review October 11 –  YABooksCentral  – Review October 12 –  A Ru

IMWAYR 10/16/17

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Hello, readers! How was your weekend? My family and I spent the entire weekend at home and it was glorious! It’s not very often that I have meals and lunches all prepped, laundry done and lessons planned for the week all at the same time. It feels ahhhh-mazing! I also spent a lot of time reading this weekend, but of course, it wasn’t until Sunday night when my new book really grabbed my attention – why couldn’t that have happened on Friday night instead of Sunday night! <<insert whiny face here>> What was the last book that grabbed your attention RIGHT AWAY and didn’t let go? For me, it was definitely The War I Finally Won. Haley  Cassie  Amber

The Crazy Life of a Cybils Judge

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Can you pick your favorite book of 2017? You only get one. I'll wait as you open your Goodreads account and scroll through the dozens of books you finished this year. Now imagine picking just one.  This is my challenge as a first-round Cybils judge for the YA fiction category. My TBR pile was already toppling over, but I knew I wanted to be a part of these long-standing awards that feature books that not only appeal to readers but are well written. Nominations close today, so if you haven't already,  GO NOMINATE NOW!  - and add to my TBR pile.  Here are a few nominated titles I read this week: Only days after high school graduation, Jill Cafferty becomes the first female drafted into MLB despite attempts to keep it an all-male sport.  Told from Jill's perspective, readers experience a rollercoaster of emotions along with her. From embarrassment, when fans scream derogatory names and litter the field with feminine products. And pride, when she thinks of how her

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling - Teacher and Student Review

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What is this book about? Hayden’s answer: Aven is trying to fit in in Arizona even though she doesn’t have arms. Mrs. Kuehler’s answer: Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus   is about Aven, a thirteen year old girl that was born without arms. What’s special about Aven is, she can do almost anything anyone with arms can do, she just uses her feet! When her dad gets a new job in Arizona, Aven is forced to move from Kansas and all her friends that are used to Aven and don’t stare at her like strangers do. Making new friends is hard for anyone, arms or no arms, so what is in store for Aven in Arizona? Spoiler (not really): Aven DOES make some new friends in Arizona and maybe even stumbles upon a mystery in her new home … Have you ever had a similar experience where you felt different and worried about meeting new people? Hayden’s answer:   When I broke my leg. Mrs. Kuehler’s answer : I think we all feel different at some point in our lives and it’

The War I Finally Won - Blog Tour

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Teachers Who Read Review This sequel was my most highly anticipated release of 2017 as soon as I heard there was to be a continuum of the The War That Saved My Life. As a 5th grade reading teacher, I have to be brutally honest to you all, as I am with my students.  I did NOT read historical fiction...UNTIL The War That Saved My Life. The first book in Ada's story truly changed me and a huge reading gap I had for myself. It is the first historical fiction story I book talk with my students and the first one that doesn't ever really stay on my shelf.  The War I Finally Won was released on October 3 with much anticipation from my students as well. They are all in a race to finish the first to get to the second.  You always are nervous about a sequel, most never live up to the hype, but Kimberly has done it again. This story lives up to the first and has taken a whole new part of my heart up that I didn't know was missing for historical fiction. In The Wa

Haley's September Reads

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The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King Blog Tour

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Teacher Review I read this book in the mindset of a teacher reviewer and not just reviewing as a reader. What I mean by that is that I see my fifth grade students pick up this series over and over and over. It's so loved in Texas, the first book is a part of our Bluebonnet Awards for this year. When I mentioned I had the third book for review, the kids could not jump on the opportunity fast enough (which you will read about here on October 25), but that made me realize, Max Brallier has done something to kids across the US that allowed them to continually be excited about reading. Here are a few things I noticed about The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King and why I feel this series is so successful. First of all, as a teacher, any book that merges graphics and writing together has me sold. Graphic novels are so huge right now, and that transition into reading chapter books is made possible by writing like Max's in The Last Kids on Earth. I thoroughly enjoye

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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Our hearts and prayers are with Las Vegas right now. Tragedies like this are always unimaginable and it is in times like this, I often turn to books as a solace.