a Pirate #TBT Review – Alex and the Ironic Gentleman

Ahoy matey! It’s Thursday already, and this week we’ve pulled one of our favorite girl power – actually girl pirate! – stories from the review archive. Do you have a favorite Adrienne Kress book? Add your link to our weekly MEME so that more readers can find it. Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress Weinstein Books, 2007 Alexandra Morningside never liked the Wigpowder-Steele Academy … until sixth grade, that is. When Alex learns that Mr. Underwood, her teacher, is a descendant of the Infamous Wigpowder, founder and pirate, she volunteers to help him claim his inheritance. Not as easy as it sounds, especially when Mr. Underwood is kidnapped! And so her journey toward finding (and becoming) a pirate … Read more

Going to the Clouds – Literacy + Life

With summer (unofficially) behind us, the days ahead will bring beautiful blue skies and lots of wispy clouds! Clouds are the perfect canvas for literacy activities. They’re free to look at any time you want! They put imagination to work. Cloud gazing can inspire stories. It is a family-friendly activity everyone can play. Literacy In the Clouds When you “transform” a cloud into something concrete is a critical thinking skill. You are using your brain to connect the cloud to something your brain already recognizes. Not all that dissimilar to learning letters and putting them into words. Here are three, go-anywhere activities that send your literacy activities to the clouds! I Spy a Cloud … Have you ever looked at … Read more

Remembering September 11 – #TBT Book Review

Next Friday is the anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attack on US soil. It is always a bittersweet day, and over time our remembrances have embodied what we saw in the aftermath of this tragedy. Carmen Agra Deedy’s 14 Cows for America is one of those books. It is not the only book about September 11, 2001. So in the spirits of remembrance and reflection, I invite our readers to add links to their favorite books (not just our featured title) about the events of September 11. 14 Cows for America written by Carmen Agra Deedy in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah illustrated Thomas Gonzalez Peachtree Publishers, 2009 In June 2002, Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah returns to his village in Kenya. … Read more