Category Archives: Children’s Literature

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw


This is a darling board book by Nancy Shaw and illustrated by Margot Apple. It caught my eye at the library as we were headed off for a weekend of off road travel with our jeep club, the Diablo 4 … Continue reading

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Hugo, the film, directed by Martin Scorsese


This is a marvelousl film! I went to see it New Year’s Day at the Shattuck Cinema in downtown Berkeley. I should have brought a bigger hankie! I went by myself but would like to bring my 11 and 15 … Continue reading

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Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Balliet, illustrated by Brett Helquist


I needed some relaxation reading as a break from academic readings on cataloging and creating library collections — and I had a cold. I curled up under the fluffy duvet with two warm tabby cats on my chest and had … Continue reading

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Coraline, by Neil Gaiman


I enjoyed Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book tremendously (a review appears on this blog). My almost 11 year old daughter recently started reading it and also checked our Coraline. I recalled Coraline coming out as a rather creepy looking film … Continue reading

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LIBR 233 Semester Reflections on School Libraries and Challenges


LIBR 233 due Nov. 28.- Dec. 4 Reflect on the semester readings, discussions, assignments, etc. Has your vision changed? What are you looking forward to implementing in your school library program? What worries you about the profession? (Jobs, isolation). What … Continue reading

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Wabi Sabi, By Mark Reibstein, Illustrated by Ed Young


This is a children’s picture book but can be enjoyed by several age groups including adults on several levels. I have been busy working on a Readers’ Advisory Project of books for 5 to 8 year olds for the past … Continue reading

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Saffy’s Angel, by Hilary McKay


This is a lovely, engaging story that will appeal to girls. 13 year old Saffy lives in a household of artists with her disorganized but talented mother Eva, her teenage sister Caddy,  her brother Indigo, and her other little sister … Continue reading

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