How could it not open? That would be … inconceivable. Yet, how could Harry possibly attend? How would this dilemma be reconciled??

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I remember being uncertain about this question before the 7th book came out. I wanted so much to believe in Snape. I definitely am influenced by the portrayal by Alan Rickman (I’m a fan!) But after reading the opening chapter, I didn’t hold out hope any longer. Not much.

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Deathly Hallows Bookmarks: Anticipating Book 7

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Do you remember these? Scholastic issued a series of 7 bookmarks leading up to the release of the last Harry Potter book in 2007. Here’s #1. The verso (first pic) is the same on all 7. I’m rereading Harry Potter … Continue reading

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Under the Kapok Tree

Or, what happens after a children’s librarian visits the rainforest?

robinI first explored a trees theme in Wonderworks in the Spring of 2013:

Yesterday we revisited the theme with a different twist. On a trip to Costa Rica the previous week, I saw a kapok (ceiba) tree. Of course I’m familiar with Lynne Cherry’s The Great Kapok Tree(Harcourt Brace…

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Eggs after visiting Costa Rica

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Space, Rockets & Gravity


The morning of this storytime, Wednesday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m., I checked the NASA site looking for a good video clip to show to accompany the books I had chosen. Turns out, NASA was conducting a solid rocket booster test, broadcast live, at 11:30 a.m.! I couldn’t believe my luck! So I pulled up the link on the new SmartBoard, Internet was working beautifully, and had the NASA TV live…

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Felix Felicitas

Tiny bottle of Felix Felicitas is just the right size for Lego Harry Potter!

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Cultivating Creativity: Technology that encourages learning about art – ALSC Blog

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You must know… surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I’d scarcely allowed … Continue reading

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Rolling Along: Wheels & Gears

I opened with What Do Wheels Do All Day? by April Jones Prince, illustrated by Giles Laroche. (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) This was a great introduction for preschoolers. The children had fun talking about the many different objects with wheels in the various pictures. Sometimes only a very small part is pictured, and the kids debated whether one was a dump truck or a school bus (all that is pictured…

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