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World Book Night

April24

  You may already know that yesterday was World Book Night (or World Book Day if you are an elementary school librarian. Thanks to the generous sponsors of this program, I was able to present 20 students with a free copy of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  It’s always a good day when I […]

The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders

April7

The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders Goodreads Summary: Welcome to the most magical house in London.  The family of eleven-year-old twins Oz and Lily have inherited it, together with the mysterious shop downstairs. Long ago, the shop’s famous chocolate-makers, who also happen to be Oz and Lily’s great uncles, were clever sorcerers. Now evil villians […]

Review: What Not To Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day

April6

What Not To Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day by Martha Simpson Goodreads Summary:  A little boy offers advice on what NOT to give your mom on Mother’s Day, unless she’s an animal. For example, don’t give her a rotting log unless she’s a salamander or a bunch of flies unless she’s a spider! This is […]

Review: How To Be A Cat

April5

  How To Be A Cat by Nikki McClure Goodreads Summary:  In cut-paper artist Nikki McClure’s latest picture book, a kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. A single word of text per spread teaches readers �how to be a cat”—how to stretch, clean, pounce, feast—while the striking paper […]

Review: A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

April5

A Tangle of Knots Goodreads Summary:  Told in multiple viewpoints, A Tangle of Knots is a magnificent puzzle. In a slightly magical world where everyone has a Talent, eleven-year-old Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal Talent for cake baking. But little does she know that fate has set her on a journey from the moment she was […]

Review: The Worm Whisperer by Betty Hicks

March14

The Worm Whisperer by Betty Hicks Goodreads Summary:  You’ve heard of Horse Whisperers and Dog Whisperers, but Ellis thinks he might be a Worm Whisperer! Ellis Coffey loves animals. He spends so much time outdoors that sometimes he thinks he can talk with them. When he discovers a caterpillar that seems to follow his directions, […]

Review: America The Beautiful Together We Stand

March14

    America The Beautiful Together We Stand  is a beautiful picture book illustrating Katharine Lee Bate’s famous song. Each line of the song is illustrated by a different artist and also includes a presidential quote. My favorite quote is the one from Ronald Reagan “Our most precious resources, our greatest hope for the future, […]

Review: Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff

March6

Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff Summary from Goodreads:  It’s 1944, W.W. II is raging. Jayna’s big brother Rob is her only family. When Rob is called to duty on a destroyer, Jayna is left in their small town in upstate New York with their cranky landlady. But right before he leaves, […]

Bloodlines Heart of War by M. Zachary Sherman

February12

Heart of War Heart of War by M. Zachary Sherman Summary:  Heart of War is a collection of eight stories that follows the Donovan family, a family that has served in the military from WWII to Afghanistan. Each story follows one member of the Donovan family through their experiences in a particular conflict.  The reader gets an […]

Review: Storybound by Marissa Burt

January8

Review: Storybound by Marissa Burt Summary from the inside flap: When Una Fairchild stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library, she thinks nothing of opening the cover and diving in. But instead of paging through a regular novel, Una suddenly finds herself Written In to the land of Story — […]

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I am returning this year as the librarian for Academy Endeavour Elementary. I am a complete and total bookworm. I love talking books with students and parents. If you ask me what my favorite book is I will tell you that it changes every day. I hope you will stop by this blog often and discuss books with me. Or drop into the library and see what our wonderful students are learning.

Mrs. Archer reading one of her favorite books.

Ramona, named after one of Mrs. Archer's all time favorite book characters.

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