Family Storytime: Bedtime

Jun 9th, 2016 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

I threw together this new storytime after my favorite book for my Toys Storytime is not only out of print and not available online (for under $200), but my personal copy is missing too. We started with my favorite play on a folktale, The Squeaky Door by Margaret MacDonald. I used to be really embarrassed reading it, but the more you do all the sounds,…

May Chicagoland Storytime Underground Notes

May 27th, 2016 Professional Development Rachel Reinwald 7 min read

Guerilla Storytime 5/26/16 Niles (1 hr) Attending: Rachel Reinwald (Lake Villa), Julia Frederick (Deerfield), Kristin Anderson (Bloomingdale), Kara DeCarlo (Roselle), April Howe (ELA), Dierde Winterhauler (Niles) Other cool things we talked about: Have a meetup on an ELL theme (Dia, bilingual storytime, outreach, etc) Ohio Kindergarten Readiness checklist (IL doesn’t have one online): academic, social/emotional, personal knowledge). Roselle website “News in YS” ready for Kindergarten…

Boosting Brain Power by Jill Stamm

Boosting Brain Power

May 27th, 2016 Book Reviews, Early Literacy Skills, Nonfiction, Professional Development Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

Boosting Brain Power: 52 Ways to Use What Science Tells Us ISBN: 978-0-87659-359-2 Pages: 126 Publisher: Gryphon House Published: 05/01/16 Boosting Brain Power is a nonfiction book aimed at parents to teach them research-backed reasons and activities for brain building, bonding, and communicating with their 0-3 year-old to build early literacy and strengthen brain connections. A lot of the information and research will be familiar…

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

May 23rd, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Stella lives in segregated  1932 North Carolina. One late night, Stella sees the Ku Klux Klan (who haven’t been in their community in quite a while) burning a cross at one of their meetings and runs to tell her family. They alert the Black community and the neighbors work together to be on the lookout and keep everyone safe. Meanwhile, Stella’s father and some of…

Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt

Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt

May 21st, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Rhyme Scheme is a contemporary realistic novel told in verse about 7th grader Kevin’s year at school. He starts out the year by taking out his anger and feelings of abandonment on his fellow classmates, specifically Robin and Kelly. His parents are doctors, too distracted by their work and their four other “planned” sons to pay attention to Kevin or notice that one of his…

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman

May 19th, 2016 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Book Scavenger is a contemporary realistic fiction middle grade novel that takes place in San Francisco. Emily is 12 and tired of moving all over the country with her nomadic-minded parents. They want to live in every state once; Emily does not. However, Emily is excited that she finally gets to be in the same city as Garrison Griswold, the “Willy Wonka of the book…

Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

The Amulet of Samarkand (book review)

Apr 29th, 2016 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus Book #1) by Jonathan Stroud I really liked Stroud’s Lockwood and Co’s series, so I started picking up his older series. The Bartimaeus trilogy is pretty well known, I just hadn’t gotten around to it yet, and I didn’t used to be such a big fan of fantasy. But with his vivid language, great interplay between characters and strong sense…

Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

The Port Chicago 50 (book review)

Apr 28th, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews, Nonfiction Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin I’m going to add the summary from Goodreads because it sounds a lot better than mine: “On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and…

How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle

How I Became a Ghost (book review)

Apr 27th, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

How I Became a Ghost is an emotional historical fiction of the Choctaw Trail of Tears 1820s. Isaac and his family flee their burning town and hide from the white men who did it. As they journey, Isaac has visions of the future and can tell who will die next, but is helpless to stop it. Their family eventually makes it to what is known…

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Masterminds (book review)

Apr 22nd, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Masterminds by Gordon Korman This tame science fiction thriller by popular author Korman is great for kids who want an action-packed book but not too much trauma. Eli Frieden lives in Serenity, New Mexico. It is like a modern Pleasantville. There are only 30 kids in the small community and they are all well-off. Most of their parents work at the town Plasticworks making parking…