Read On!

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

Archive for May, 2015

Let the Reading Begin


It was an exciting week for our rising fourth, fifth, and sixth grade readers  because the announcement of the 2015-2016 nominees for the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award. This voluntary reading incentive program has become a popular event for many students. The organizers at Salem State College have responded to librarians’ suggestions and requests to publish […]

Spring Reading


There are some very entertaining new novels for children and young adults that have been published this spring. I have a stack of books to read, and I want to recommend two this week. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (Penguin, 2015) is a novel that many readers from ages 10+ might enjoy. […]

Henri Matisse


The Museum of Modern Art in New York City presented a fascinating exhibit in 2014 called Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs. The exhibition catalog for the exhibit is inspiring, and I knew that we had a number of books in the DCD library that discussed this talented artist’s life. Many of them focus on the time […]



A.A. Milne’s masterpiece, Winnie-the-Pooh, was published in 1926, and his book still entertains readers today. While many children know Winnie through Disney movies, when our third graders read Winnie-the-Pooh in their library classes, they are exposed to the richness of Milne’s prose. To add further enjoyment and insight into the book, the children learn about […]

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