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Mrs. Farquharson’s musings about books for children and young adults

Archive for January, 2013

Thank You Donald Sobol

January24

From 1963 to 2012, Donald Sobol (1924-2012) brought the beloved character, Encyclopedia Brown, to life for children. His character, a boy detective who is infamous within his family because of his intelligence and intuition, has been a favorite of emerging readers right up to today. The author followed the same plot line in every one […]

“I Have a Dream”

January17

On August 28, 1963, more than a quarter of a million people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Adults and children of every color and nationality stood around the reflecting pool, and they listened to a group of civil rights leaders who spoke of equality for all in America. Those who were present […]

Because of Mr. Terupt

January11

Our fourth, fifth, and sixth graders have been reading some of the nominees for this year’s Massachusetts Children’s Book Award. By this time of the year, there is a buzz among readers as they recommend specific titles to each other. One of the books that many have enjoyed is Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob […]

Charlotte’s Web

January3

You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. E.B. White (Charlotte to Wilbur)   One of the blogs about children’s literature that I check often is Educating Alice by Monica Edinger, a teacher at The Dalton School in New York City. Her post on January 3, 2013 features a video where […]


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