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  • DePaul Book Club: My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks
    Posted on June 30, 2016 by Sara Baines-Miller

    Children of all ages love drawing portraits of their families.  In the book, My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks by Hanock Piven, a little girl moves from a paper and pencil drawing to portraits made from cookies, tuna…read more >>

    DePaul Book Club: Jerry Pallotta
    Posted on June 17, 2016 by Rachel Mende

    When you and your child find a favorite book, don’t forget to look for other books by the same author.  This is a great way to find other books you may enjoy and to start a fun discussion about the…read more >>

    DePaul Book Club: Sam and the Firefly
    Posted on June 17, 2016 by Rachel Mende

    It’s that time of year for playing outside, staying up late and catching fireflies (or lightning bugs as we call them in Western PA).  There is nothing more enchanting than seeing those little flashes of light!  Sam and the Firefly,…read more >>

    DePaul Book Club: Whose Egg?
    Posted on May 25, 2016 by Rachel Mende

    Lift-the-flap books are clever ways to engage your child in reading.  The suspense of waiting to see what is under the flap can keep even the most reluctant readers on the edge of their seats!  This style ranges from books…read more >>

    DePaul Book Club: Reading Aloud to Older Children
    Posted on April 28, 2016 by Rachel Mende

    “The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.  It is a practice that should continue through the grades.”   This is a quote from the U.S. Department of Education…read more >>

    DePaul Book Club: The Lion and The Mouse
    Posted on April 20, 2016 by Rachel Mende

    The Lion and the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney, is one of the most beautifully illustrated books I have ever read!  The book is basically a wordless picture book except for a few sounds from the animals.  Jerry Pinkney sets his…read more >>

    DePaul Book Club: The Quiet Book
    Posted on April 13, 2016 by Rachel Mende

    The Quiet Book is an adorable picture book that explores all of the different kinds of quiet a child might experience throughout the day.  You and your child will enjoy sharing stories about; “trying not to hiccup quiet, hide and seek…read more >>

    DePaul Book Club: Elephants Can Paint Too!
    Posted on April 7, 2016 by Rachel Mende

    Did you know that some elephants are artists?  Katya Arnold has written a fascinating, nonfiction children’s book called Elephants Can Paint Too!  The author is a writer, illustrator and art teacher.  Some of her students are children who live in New…read more >>

    DePaul Book Club: My Spring Robin
    Posted on March 22, 2016 by Rachel Mende

    Last week was a wonderful reminder that spring is just around the corner!  One of my favorite signs of spring is spotting my first robin. My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell, celebrates all of the little hints of spring that…read more >>

    DePaul Book Club: Let’s Hear it for Almigal
    Posted on March 17, 2016 by Sara Baines-Miller

    Let’s Hear it for Almigal is a story about a spunky young girl with hearing loss.  Wendy Kupfer wrote the story based on her own daughter, Ali’s experiences.   In 1977, Ali was diagnosed with a profound hearing loss at 10…read more >>

    DePaul Book Club: Never Smile at a Monkey
    Posted on March 11, 2016 by Sara Baines-Miller

    Did you know you should never pet a platypus or badger a beaded lizard? In the book, Never Smile at a Monkey, Steve Jenkins writes about creatures large and small who may not seem so dangerous but can be deadly…read more >>

    DePaul Book Club: Here’s a Little Poem: A First Book of Poetry
    Posted on March 3, 2016 by Sara Baines-Miller

    Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters have collected more than 60 poems from a wide range of famous writers in their anthology, Here’s a Little Poem: A First Book of Poetry.  These delightful poems are grouped into chapters entitled; “Me,…read more >>