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This week’s book talks 4/16-20

20 Apr

I got to go hear Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher Monday, so I didn’t do a book talk. I did however, receive a copy of their newest book, 180 Days.



It was non-fiction booktalk week and I started with this ARC about the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.



I shared a memoir by one of the kings of the basketball court, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.



Today was about a different kind of royalty: Queen Victoria.



Today’s book, though well-written, tells a terribly tragic tale.



NCTE Regional Conference

2 Mar

I hemmed and hawed over whether or not I would attend the NCTE Regional conference in Portland this weekend. It would mean not being able to complete the Yarn Crawl. But, Friday night, I set my alarm for 5:00 and got up to go. And I’m really glad I did. Let me count the ways:

1. I networked. I don’t do small talk easily and don;t really enjoy new situations, but I ran into several people I knew and met a few others.

2. Penny Kittle! The Book Love  author really inspired me with her ability to get kids reading. I’ve been waiting for it to show up in the library, It hasn’t so I bought it.


3. Jack Burckemeyer. He made me laugh so hard. He said all the things teachers can’t say.

4. I skipped the 2 hour lunch and made it to two yarn shops. Two more stamps on my passport. I won’t complete the Yarn Crawl, but I’m OK with that.

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