As a Teacher-Librarian and AVID reader, one of my main filters for understanding the world is through books (in all formats). At this stage, I use a lot of books to help my kids explore and understand the world, too. I want to share what I’ve learned with you. As a Senior Education Specialist, I led resource review and selection for a major urban school board, was seconded to a provincial Department of Education as a Manager for Literacy, Numeracy & School Libraries, and have my Master’s degree in Information Literacy and Adult Education. I’ve been a teacher for 18 years, a Teacher-Librarian for 14 years and am passionate about sharing my knowledge. I am a reviewer for and Director on the board of a children’s book review journal: Resource Links.
Join me on the journey as I explore childhood with my three kids through the lens of children’s books. I’m learning a lot – the tables are turned on this teacher!
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I review books in these categories:
Starred Reviews Board Books Picture Books (Ages 2 – 6) Picture Books-older kids Canadian Adoption/Fostering Diversity Values First Nations/Indigenous Beginning Chapter Books Chapter Books Other Reviews
REVIEW OF THE BOOK: Bessie, Queen of the Sky* Author: Andrea Doshi & Jimena Duran Illustrator: Chiara Fabbri Published by: Queen Girls Publications Released: Spring 2017 Series: Queen Girls Ages: 4 – 8 Order from Amazon.ca or Amazon.com* From the Publisher: This book is inspired by the story of Bessie Coleman, the first black woman to hold a […]
REVIEW OF THE BOOK: Hanukkah Lullaby* Author: Ruth Abrams Illustrator: Tia Mushka Published by: Baby Lullaby Released: 2015 Series: Baby Lullaby Books Ages: 0 – 4 It is also a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection Order from Chapters/Indigo* From the Publisher: A loving tribute to the celebration of Hanukkah, blending […]
REVIEW OF THE BOOKS: British Columbia / Alberta Lullaby / Ontario Lullaby / Nova Scotia Lullaby, etc.* Author: P.L. McCarron , etc. Published by: Baby Lullaby Released: 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / Series: Baby Lullaby Books Books Available in the Baby Lullaby Series: Nova Scotia Newfoundland and Labrador British Columbia Alberta Alaska (USA) Ontario PEI Saskatchewan […]
REVIEW OF THE BOOK: We’re All Wonders* Author/Illustrator: R.J. Palacio Published by: Alfred A. Knopf Released: March 2017 Ages: 3 – 6 Order from Chapters/Indigo, Amazon.ca or Amazon.com* From the Publisher: Over 5 million people have fallen in love with Wonder and have joined the movement to Choose Kind. Now younger readers can meet Auggie Pullman, an […]
Today we have a GUEST REVIEW by Desiree Krahn, Librarian at Noble Central School in Nobleford, Alberta – she also happens to be Colleen’s cousin. She was so excited about our reviews that she wanted to contribute a review of one of her (and the students’) favourite new books from this past school year. […]