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Picture Book Saturday: Loveabye Dragon

The Deets:
audience: wee ones
ISBN: 9780763654085
publisher: September 11th 2012 by Candlewick Press




In her bed in her room in her castle, a girl longs for a dragon.
In his nest in his cave in his mountain, a dragon dreams of a girl.


When a lonely dragon follows a trail of princess tears, a beautiful friendship is born. They march and sing, roar and whisper, hide and seek, then settle into snug companionship at bedtime. Barbara Joosse’s fiercely protective and gently loving dragon cavorts across the pages, endearingly illustrated by Randy Cecil. At the end of the day, who can resist curling up in the embrace of a lovabye dragon?




I found Loveabye Dragon on a list of 2012's best picture books while looking for new books to read with my son at bedtime.

While I thought the illustrations were adorable, the story itself was just so-so. The story was cute, but the prose felt forced at times. Some of the words used to make a rhyme didn't seem to fit with the story and seemed ou…

The International Reading Association: Annual Conference

I am extremely lucky to have the opportunity to attend another annual convention for the International Reading Association. This year (today), I will be traveling to San Antonio, Texas to partake in the festivities. I am extremely nervous to be flying (even more so after the horrible events this week), but I'm giddy over the opportunities as well.

For those in education, you've probably heard of this organization before. For those of you outside of the school setting, you're probably wondering what the big deal is. Well, let me take a few moments to tell you how awesome this is.

1. It's an international ordeal with over 10 THOUSAND attendees gathering to learn more about cutting edge educational trends.

2. Rick Riordan is one of the keynote speakers.

3. There is a panel discussion with YA authors about the appeal of dystopian literature among teens. (Guess which sesssion was circled and highlighted on my itinerary?)

4. There is a "Guide to the Stars" th…

Divergent #3 has a name!

Can I tell you how excited I was when I saw this posted to Facebook? You really have no idea. I have been stalking these books. I love them.


Check out this great article from examiner.com that goes into more detail about Allegiant (the final book in the Divergent series).


I really love the blurb that mentions the dictionary definitions for Allegiant. This has my over-active imagination working in overdrive. I can't stand it! The plot can go in any direction, and I will not be satisfied until I have a synopsis and a copy of this book in my greedy little hands.


Allegiant:

adjective
1. loyal; faithful.
noun
2. a faithful follower; adherent: allegiants of religious cults. adjective
steadfast in devotion (especially to your lawful monarch or government); "it is impossible to be allegiant to two opposing forces"


Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan. The wheels are already spinning.

Captive Spirits ( M.A. Adair) Book Blast + Giveaway

Captive SpiritsAztar is a planet where no one remembers a time of peace. Fear of those who wield a mystical cruelty holds people as CAPTIVE SPIRITS. All that remains is the waning belief in a savior who will someday come to restore peace to a blood soaked land. Zmeria, an ancient text recovered, brings a Prophecy to life. The leaders of each Region come together with a plan to reunite Aztar's divided people and make way for their savior. They arm themselves with the recently discovered revelation of peace long past. A dream is born and legends revived as Aztar’s people determine to fight the evil and Reclaim Aztar. The Evil’s grasp is strong on the CAPTIVE SPIRITS of Aztar. Leaders know this battle to free the will and spirit of the people will not be easily won. They decree a King must be chosen. One man of the entire world stands out from the rest. Si, the firstborn son of the house of Volcum, is well known for valor and victories in battle. A kingdom must be establ…

The Lost Girl read-along: Week 7 (finale)

This week we are finishing The Lost Girl. That's chapters 8-12 of part 3 in The Lost Girl. If you missed out on last week's discussion, you can view it through the links below.


As you read this week, think about this question: Given the opportunity, would you have the Loom stitch an echo of a loved one? Why or why not?
I would also like to know what you thought of The Lost Girl. Want to read another dystopian for the next read-along?

For week 7, we will be finishing The Lost Girl. I will post the discussion questions next Sunday, so check back then to post! Remember, you get 2 entries in the giveaway for every comment you leave on the blog, plus an additional 1 entry for posting on the Facebook page (LINK HERE). So don't be shy! It doesn't matter when you post either, just as long as it's before we finish the book.

Happy reading!

Week 1 discussion questions here.

Week 2 discussion questions here.

Week 3 discussion questions here.

Week 4 discussion questions here.

Week…