Jack Kent

Let’s Read Three: Robin Books!

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Spring has apparently squashed my life, or at least my blogging ability. But, I am attempting to resurface with this silly trio about a little creature that has captured our attention the most this spring. Robins were one of the first things we noticed as spring hinted its arrival and they became a very delightful sight for my girls to point out every time one crossed our path in the busy city. They are such friendly birds with their bright orange tummies and spirited hopping about. Robins won’t let you ignore spring and all the changes it signals. So let’s read three books about robins! Read the full post…

Let’s Read A Pile Of Dragon Books, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my crazy dragon piles of books. If you missed Part 1, check it out for information on the chapter book we read, My Father’s Dragon, and all the crafts we ended up making with my South Bronx storytime group.

As promised, here is the rest of the pile of dragon books we ended up loving. It is quite a varied assortment, my only criteria being that there must be a dragon in it in some way. Themes work best when there is great variety among the books instead of feeling that they drag out. I’m going to do my old, big lists thing and just give one picture and a brief statement about each. So let’s read some dragon books!

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How To Remove Library Book Sale Plastic Sleeves

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Let’s start off this post with a huge disclaimer. In no way am I suggesting or teaching how to steal library books and remove evidence of such criminal acts. This post is solely intended for fellow purchasers of library book sale discards that still have the plastic sleeves on them. Seriously, don’t steal books.

As any of my readers are well aware, I love shopping for used books. Library book sales are excellent resources as you are not only finding some great books at stellar prices, but you are also supporting the local library in their efforts of keeping open and current. I’m constantly amazed at the books I find discarded from the library, but I understand the reasons and gladly give them a loving home. The downside of library book sale finds is that they are most likely encased in plastic sleeves that can be dingy, torn and just plain unattractive. Now, I understand the purpose of those plastic sleeves, but they really aggravate me. For those books that only visit my home for a few weeks from the library, I can withstand the crinkly, slippery and shiny issues of the plastic covers. But when I’ve adopted them to my shelves, I like to see the books each day with their originally intended covers. So for a while now I’ve longed to discover an easy way to free the dust jackets from the plastic and be able to enjoy the books in a much more satisfying tactile way. My research on this however met multiple dead ends. Perhaps no one else cares like I do. Perhaps others don’t mind the plastic casings. But in the off chance that someone else would like to release their library discards, I’m giving you my steps to remove those plastic sleeves and restore the books to their former beauty. Read the full post…

25 Days — Book 25: Twelve Days of Christmas

And so begins the Twelve Days of Christmas. And for our last book, I bring a little bit of silliness. I know the true spirit of Christmas is reflective and joyous; all wrapped up in a tiny baby. But there is always room for cleverness and laughter! So for our last book, we have a fantastic creation from the ever amazing Jack Kent. Published in 1973, this book brought a new perspective and appreciation for a traditional song that I have always loathed. This is Jack Kent’s Twelve Days of Christmas.

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I’m sure everyone is familiar with that incredibly repetitive song starting with a partridge in a pear tree; and here Jack Kent takes a literal interpretation with a young lad giving his true love larger and larger gifts each day of the Christmas season. Read the full post…

How To Shop For Used Children’s Books

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Bookstores are my kryptonite. Rarely can I pass one without stopping in, if even just for a moment. I love the smell of books, the look of bookstore patrons, the chance of finding something new or unknown. Old or new, books are my best friends and I love to be surrounded by them. When buying used books though, I follow a few personal rules, especially when it comes to children’s books which can often be too loved.

So here are my 10 guidelines for shopping for used books: Read the full post…