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Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Tuesday, July 5, 2011,

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea is an engaging and thoughtful novel, spot-on for the needs and hearts of the middle elementary school student.  It would make a terrific read aloud -- the nature of the multiple perspectives over time lends itself well to those "found" moments to read in a homeroom.

Buyea captures perfectly what every teacher knows:  every student has a story.  Each of these children, both through their own narrations and thos...


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"Mitzvah the Mutt" by Sylvia Rouss

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Sunday, January 30, 2011,

"Mitzvah the Mutt” does something that I have long been wishing for as a librarian at a Jewish day school.  It tells a story that has Jewish content, without being excessively didactic. In the process, it tells a wonderful story about a family and their delightful dog.  The author, Sylvia Rouss, is better known for her Sammy Spider series of Jewish content books for preschoolers. ...


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“Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan” by Jeanette Winter

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Friday, April 16, 2010,

Jeanette Winter has yet again succeeded in creating a visually stunning and deeply meaningful picture book that looks at current issues so that children can begin to understand them.  Much like her earlier books, “The Librarian of Basra” and “Wangari’s Trees of Peace,” Winter’s “Nasreen’s Secret School” tackles an difficult topic and makes it accessible.

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"The Blue Day Book for Kids: A Lesson in Cheering Yourself Up" by Bradley Trevor Greive

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Sunday, December 27, 2009,


Bradley Trevor Greive has put together animal photos with a snappy text to create a helpful book for elementary-aged children.

His purpose is straight-forward:  he wants children to know what a "blue day" is and to recognize that everyone (maybe even these highly photogenic critters) has a blue day once in a while.  He illustrates some typical causes: feeling grumpy, lonely, or tired; being embarrassed or picked on; or simply just feeling out of place.

But Greive doesn't stop there.  He wants c...
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Lydia Schultz I am a school librarian and part-time college English teacher. I hope to review many of the books I read, both in the context of my research about children's books as well as in my pursuit of recreational reading. I want to share what I read--so what else is new?


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