Tales of icy adventure and exploration

Why are stories about polar exploration, and the resulting disasters, so appealing? Are the icicle-laden beards and mustaches of our heroes to blame? The poor frosty gents certainly have my respect and admiration, even if they were sometimes motivated more by vainglorious ambition than the pure search for knowledge. Their heroic stories of endurance and […]

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Children Coping with Grief

Death is the inevitable consequence of life. Unfortunately, no amount of love or youth or goodness can shield those dear to us from dying or protect us from the trauma of loss. Whether it is the death of a grandparent, pet, parent, or someone else, anyone who lives long enough will experience death. Of course, […]

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Caldecott Winner’s New Book

At the end of each year, I love looking at all of the Best Of The Year lists that are published by magazines, blogs, libraries, and more. It is a great way to discover – or rediscover – some of the most celebrated books of the past year. I came across After the Fall by […]

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Who needs resolutions?

The new year always brings big talk about resolutions, ending bad habits, and doing better. However, I’ve finally accepted that I’m a horrible person and likely to stay that way. It’s a time-saving attitude, I feel, and frees me up to worry about where my next good book is coming from. Luckily, I’m a horrible […]

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Pigging Out on Books

With more holiday feasts on the horizon, it’s no wonder that most people think of “pigging out” as an act of mass consumption. When I talk about pigging out, though, I mean something somewhat different – thanks to Patrick who is 9 and loves pigs, I’ve been consuming (reading) lots of books featuring pigs. I’m […]

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History for horror fans

Do you adore ghastliness? Are you a fan of the horrid? If you said “yes” to these questions, these nonfiction picks will appeal to your ghoulish nature. Chosen for their revolting subject matter, they are sure to disgust you. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston- A thriller of science “fact” that explains  gruesome filoviruses and […]

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