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Here are a few books Elaine loves and wants to share with you --and a science activity for each

#VickPicks: August 2020

Time for some book love once again! Here are my PB/MG/YA/adult #VickPicks for August! Picture Book: The very best book for the end of summer or a new school year or anytime you have to do something a little scary: JABARI JUMPS by Gaia Cornwall. (The illustrations are a master class in perspective!) Middle Grade: […]

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#VickPicks: July 2020

Time for some book love! Here are my PB/MG/YA/adult #VickPicks (yes, I just made that up) for July! Picture Book: We adore THE SECRET RHINO SOCIETY by Jonathan E. Jacobs and Samantha Cotterill — and check out this darling printable craft to go with it! Middle Grade: A WISH IN THE DARK, a gorgeous Les […]

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Best Middle Grade Books of 2014: A List of Lists

Happy December! This is the season when everyone seems to weigh in on the best of everything. There are so many sites and sources listing their favorite books right now that I wanted to put them all in one place. Here are some lists of the best books for young readers (especially middle grade and […]

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Fortunately the Milk book cover
Neil Gaiman

Fortunately, the Milk

About the Book: “I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.”“Hullo,” I said to myself. “That’s not something you see […]

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Science Connection: Colorful Milk Science

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Five Favorites from 2014

Happy December! I’ve decided to spotlight my top ten middle grade and chapter book reads from 2014. (Not all of these books came out in 2014, but all eighty-one MG and CB titles I read for the first time this year were contenders.) Five are highlighted here–the five with (sometimes small) elements of fantasy–and the […]

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James and the Giant Peach Book Cover
Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach

About the Book: When James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. When James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit and crawls inside, he meets wonderful new […]

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Science Connection: Bug Hunt and Rainbow Science

 

THe Ellie Mcdoodle Diaries Book Cover
Ruth McNally

The Ellie McDoodle Diaries: Have Pen, Will Travel

About the Book: One girl. One sketchbook. One week with the world’s most annoying relatives. When Ellie McDougal’s parents go out of town, she’s forced to go on a camping trip with her aunt, uncle, cousins, and baby brother, Ben-Ben. Ellie can handle mosquitos and poison ivy, but sharing a cabin with her crazy relatives? No […]

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Related Activities: Sketch JournalLeaf Hunt

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans book cover
Lissa Evans

Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms

About the Book: As if being small for his age and also having “S. Horten” as his name isn’t bad enough, now 10-year-old Stuart is forced to move far away from all his friends. But on his very first day in his new home, Stuart’s swept up in an extraordinary adventure: the quest to find his great-uncle […]

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Science Connection: Magic ShowBackyard Book Club Overview

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Kate Messner

The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.

About the Book: Gianna Z has less than one week to collect, identify, and creatively display 25 leaves for her science project—or else she won’t be able to compete in the upcoming cross-country race. As the deadline for her leaf project draws near, life keeps getting in the way. Some things are within Gee’s control, like […]

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Science Connection: Liquid Chromatography: Separating Plant Pigments by Heather Hawke