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

Archive for February, 2016

Counting Lions

February26

One lion     sits and watches his rough-and-tumble pride,     He surveys the golden savanna, and a flicker catches his eye-     something moving in the grass. A challenger to his throne? Thus begins Katie Cotton’s free verse in Counting Lions, illustrated by Stephen Walton (Candlewick, 2015). This book certainly can’t be described simply as […]

Great Biographies

February19

When I was in third and fourth grade, the library was in easy walking distance from my house. I have fond memories of finally being a confident reader and being allowed to choose my own books. There was a series of historical fiction titles that I fondly remember. They were the “Little Maid” books, and […]

Celebrating Black History in Books

February11

As we celebrate Black History Month in February, I would like to revisit two books that were recognized this year by the American Library Association, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer (Candlewick) and Trombone Shorty (Abrams). Carole Boston Weatherford’s picture book biography about Fannie Lou Hamer is important to share with our middle school students. […]


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