Amelia Who?

Ever heard of Amelia Bloomer? She was a women’s rights activist in the 1800’s and the namesake of a fabulous children’s literature award. Here are just a few of the books that were acknowledged by the Amelia Bloomer Project for excellence in portraying significant feminist content in quality children’s books. You can check out the entire list at www.ameliabloomer.wordpress.com

Happy Reading!

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Before Eugenie Clark’s groundbreaking research, most people thought sharks were vicious, blood-thirsty killers. From the first time she saw a shark in an aquarium, Japanese-American Eugenie was enthralled. Instead of frightening and ferocious eating machines, she saw sleek, graceful fish gliding through the water. After she became a scientist—an unexpected career path for a woman in the 1940s—she began taking research dives and training sharks, earning her the nickname “The Shark Lady.”

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In 1861, at the age of 37, Harriet Colfax took on the job of lighthouse keeper for the Michigan City lighthouse off Lake Michigan. It was a bold and determined endeavor, especially since there were very few female lighthouse keepers in the country at that time. For 43 years, until the age of 80, Harriet kept her light burning, through storms, harsh winters, and changes in technology. This true story focuses on Harriet’s commitment and determination to fulfilling her charge and living life on her own terms. Excerpts from her actual log are included.

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She couldn’t go to college. She couldn’t become a politician. She couldn’t even vote. But Elizabeth Cady Stanton didn’t let that stop her. She called on women across the nation to stand together and demand to be treated as equal to men—and that included the right to vote. It took nearly seventy-five years and generations of women fighting for their rights through words, through action, and through pure determination . . . for things to slowly begin to change.

Wonder Women provides thought-provoking profiles that introduces world-changing women of history, as well as connecting the impact of their work to the work of women in STEM fields today,

Synopsis taken from Google


Guest Reading: Winter Edition

‘Tis the season for guest readers! If you’re in need of a last-minute title to take into the classroom, look no further!

Image result for biggest best snowmanThe Biggest Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler

Image result for gingerbread girlGingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Image result for hanukkah miceThe Hannukah Mice by Steven Kroll

Image result for over and under the snowOver and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

Image result for santa claus three bearsSanta Claus and the Three Bears by Maria Modugno

Image result for snowy day keatsThe Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Image result for stick man juliaStick Man by  Julia Donaldson

Image result for tacky the penguinTacky the Penguin by Helen Lester



I Love Lists.

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I am a list maniac. I love to make them. I love to check things off of them. I love to read them. I literally love lists. Now when you combine lists with books? To make book lists? Oh, I’m over the moon. So when one of my favorite blogs, Fuse 8 from School Library Journal announced that they were going to be publishing not 1, not 2, but 31 BEST OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS LISTS…well, I got a little excited.

Click here for the info.


Pledge to Give Books!

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Such a fantastic idea this holiday season! Chronicle Children’s Books is making it easy for you to help give the gift of reading to children less fortunate. Visit their website and take the pledge with a simple click or use the hashtag #GiveBooks. For every pledge, Chronicle Books will donate a book to a child in need. Help them give 30,000 books!

From their website: (www.givebooks.co)

“Books are the best. They take you to faraway places and make you feel more at home in the world. They introduce you to new ideas and deepen connections with the things you love. But not everyone has access to books. Over 44 percent of the nation’s children—more than 32 million kids—live in low-income households without access to age-appropriate reading material and educational resources. During this 5th year of our annual campaign, we’re asking you to commit to giving books this holiday season. For every pledge, we’ll donate a book to First Book (up to 30,000). Use the hashtag #GiveBooks as many times as you want—each use counts as a new book in the hands of a child, and a testimonial to the magic of reading.”


Did I mention a REINDEER is coming??

Our Holiday Open House is set for Saturday, December 10th from 10:30-2:30 PM. You do not want to miss it this year. We’re having a cookie walk, craft vendor show, crafts and activities for the kids, a visit from Mrs. Claus…oh, yeah and a LIVE REINDEER. Clear your calendars, peeps. This is huge. fmreindeer3


Give Thanks.

Instilling gratitude in children is one of the greatest gifts we can give. Here are a few titles to help you along.

By Liz Garton Scanlon Preschool to 3rd grade All the World by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon

By William Steig Preschool to 2nd Grade Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

By Todd Parr Preschool to 1st Grade The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

 Splat Says Thank You by Rob Scotton

Book Cover Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Image result for wonder Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Book Cover I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka and

Martin Ganda