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mandarchy

Joined March 2018

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I can't believe September is over and things are already getting creepy. I finished Broken by Lawson after having to renew it from the library. Now reading the Lightning Thief to the kid. I'm having a hard time concentrating on reading anything to myself.

bthegood Hope you are doing okay - 🙂 10h
mandarchy @bthegood 😊 thanks, I am. There's some push and pull above me about what I'm supposed to teach now, after they displaced my cohort. And of course it involves tech, +4 additional people in control of said tech. 🙄 So when I tried the first lesson it was a disaster. Then son is having post-covid issues that are causing lots of time off to see specialists. I'm a little stressed. But it should all get figured out soon. 8h
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Sorry, gratuitous #dogsoflitsy picture. This picture book could be read to anybody, but the paragraph in the back goes over my head about higher level math that some kids might eat up (I have discalculia). Nominated for the #WCCPBA 2023 I think my students will enjoy it, some are from India and I love to see them represented, you can see their pride shine.

Tamra The read the word “math” and my mind glossed over. A fog descended. 🙃 1w
mandarchy @Tamra LOL 😆 I can't even read a clock accurately. 1w
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There are 3 people in my family and I'm the only one with a car and a sense of responsibility based in reality. Basically, I'm a failed Victor. I could really use a drug butler. Today I drove to the middle school 2X. Once to drop the kid. Twice to medicate the kid after repeating, "take your needs." 8 times before leaving the the house the first time.

Tamra I have a friend who can totally relate. You aren‘t alone! I could use an admin secretary in my life. 😏 1w
mandarchy @Tamra I would love an admin secretary! 1w
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School just started and it's making me take forever to read this book. But I'm laughing so hard that it's hard to keep to myself. Meanwhile, I just got diagnosed with diabetes. Jenny Lawson and I may be white bread sisters. I could never give up gluten: I mean, GRAVY.

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Always 😁
I got my parents Kindles and my mom can't stop accidently highlighting lines. Occasionally she reviews the book. With the connection to goodreads and Twitter means people think it's me tweeting. And then she reads so much, she's earning me badges on Amazon. I feel like a fraud! 😆 🤣

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Lion Lessons | Jon Agee
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Great book that could lead to some class time movement. Lots of stretching - go outside for the pouncing and roaring 😉

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And... | Philippe Jalbert
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Looking for a way to talk about chaos theory with your child? Maybe laugh (inside) at the irony? This may be the book for you.
A circle tale, but would you consider this a cummulative-replacement tale? That's a story where the action is cumulative, but the results are replaced instead of stacked. Children's literature is so full of story elements that you could only find in a picture book. Translated from the French, "Et..."

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Help Wanted, Must Love Books | Janet Sumner Johnson
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Funny bedtime story or segue to fairy tales. The author has coloring pages on their website. Nominatedfor the 2023 #WCCPBA
Imagine telling your dad he's fired! 😆 my dad would have opened a can of beer and said, OK 👍

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Ten Beautiful Things | Molly Griffin
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Not a counting book. This book introduces a great strategy for facing situational depression such as grief. Every 6 seconds a child loses a primary caregiver to covid, something I learned by Googling "global orphanhood". We need to pause and consider how all of us are grieving. How all of us need to count beautiful things when necessary.

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Room for Everyone | Naaz Khan
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Fun rhyming/counting book based in Zanzibar, Tanzania. I love the idea of loading up a bus with too much on the way to the beach. The author includes authentic vocabulary and invented words to enhance the rhymes. Glossary and paragraph at the back to support the text.

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I'm not a fan of rhyming books, but the kids love them. I am a fan of books that feature POC and differing abilities as well as women in untraditional roles. If the artwork reminds you of historic WPA murals, the illustrator has achieved their purpose. #everybodybooks #weneeddiversebooks

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XO, Exoplanet | Deborah Underwood
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Our 🌞 is #1
I need that mug! This will be a fun book to start the school year. Nominated for the 2023 #WCCPBA , I plan to have the students write letters to new students who will come to our school throughout the year. Dear new student, we are so excited to have you in our new school!

Chrissyreadit Love your plan! 1mo
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I'm a teacher first, librarian second. Today was my first day back at work, 8 hours of pro-devo (whip-it). Last week I had minor surgery after a summer of physical therapy and they give me this chair. 😅 I could feel my butt bones for the first time in years! Meanwhile, I needed a new read. The last couple of books dragged on. It made sense to get Broken because I need that kind of humor to face this chair again tomorrow. Here's to a good year!

mandarchy Thought I'd read a chapter in bed. I laughed so hard, I was snorting: Thelma & Louise! 👠 🤣 👡 1mo
mandarchy Once I was walking around a box store and my hip started to hurt. I hadn't realized that I put on 2 different shoes. 😳 no one said anything to me. 1mo
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New Kid | Jerry Craft
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I don't usually read and review graphic novels, but this seemed like required reading. It's about time I did it too! I could really relate to the teachers in this book. I am horrible with names and knowing it's a microaggression only makes my anxiety worse. 😬
I really like the connection building that the kids did. They started to remind me of John Hughes characters, especially in the chapter headings.

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It's takes me forever to read nonfiction. I keep hoping this book gives me an aha. So far it's been pretty much what I expected. I've been trying to read it for over a month. If I don't finish by Sunday, I'll quit. I thought this was so funny though. I was just telling my friend that I cringe whenever I see someone touch someone else's phone. 🙃 🤢

mdm139 Yup I won‘t touch anyones phone and won‘t let anyone touch mine. 1mo
mandarchy @mdm139 I thought I was becoming germaphobic, what with covid and now monkey pox. 1mo
megnews Since Covid, I can‘t believe the number of people willing to set their phones down in public places such as restaurant tables. Never again. 1mo
mandarchy @megnews good point. After phones the author talks about kitchen sponges. They didn't say what would happen if you let it dry out completely or put it in the dish washer. But microwaving and boiling don't work. They don't talk about how microbes can grow in soap, so if you want to kill them, alcohol or bleach work, but also complete dryness. They suggested using soap and water on mildew and that just makes more mildew. 1mo
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Rarer than a biography that young kids can read independently and enjoy is the #autobiography
So much greatness in this book. The illustrations are gorgeous. Davids explains how she made history which is impressive, but I'm grateful for this book for featuring a contemporary 🇺🇲 indigenous person. #mightygirl #LGBTQ listen, but not to the doubters

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Bryant relates history from the perspective of a Hawaiian born Japanese American in her new book about Mink the first woman of color elected to 🇺🇲 congress. Not just about perserverance, this book looks at injustice, racism and sexism. Mink is the mother of #mightygirl We need more #kidlit from #HAWAII

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"When women succeed, America succeeds, and they're going to make a tremendous difference"

I love all these new picture books that are like biographies kids can relate to. Until recently children's biographies were academically abtruse. Boring at a reading level that surpassed the local news paper and reserved for research projects that doused the love of learning and reading. And Nancy is badass #mightygirl

sprainedbrain This is so cool! 1mo
mandarchy @sprainedbrain this page was my favorite 1mo
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What about Worms!? | Ryan T. Higgins
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This will be a fun easy reader to share about #anxiety and #phobias It's full of humor and kids always ❤️ looking for the Pigeon. This Elephant & Piggie Like Reading pesents Ryan T. Higgins in Mo Willems format. He's already famous for his characters Bruce and Penelope and Tiger does not disappoint.

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Midnight | Mark Greenwood
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This beautiful book was hard for me to read, I couldn't do it aloud. First they build a trust bond only to go to war and get separated. Then the battle. If you have a child that's fascinated by war, it's a good book, complete with bibliography and geography exploration opportunities. Not recommended for horse lovers triggered by the truth of what happens in a cavalry. I'm allergic to horses, but I love animals. 😢 😭 over here

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Nominated for the 2023 #WCCPBA I think the kids will love Claude. Personally, I'm a fan of Mardi the Palm 🌴 Beach zoo albino gator. Who knew there were so many? But this book is half about Claude and half about being rejected by your nest mates. When making new friends, maybe we need to ask: am I about to be picked of by a predator because of this person? 🤔

mandarchy The author just thanked me for my review on Twitter and liked my goodreads review. That always gives me a thrill. 1mo
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Amara and the Bats | Emma Reynolds
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Nominated for the 2023 #WCCPBA
I ❤️ #everybodybooks that kids can identify with. I think I'll give by students materials to create their own activist signs. We could just learn some bat facts & dispel myths. Or use this page for inspiration to find out how kids can make a difference.

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This tortoise knows what he wants and it's his birthday. He wants to celebrate with friends and cake. You might have fun counting the candles, but he won't wait. He just wants cake.

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The Mysterious Sea Bunny | Peter Raymundo
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Nominated for the 2023 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award, I can see this book being a hit with the kids. I have never heard of this sea slug, but already I'm fascinated by it. I'm not a fan of the format this book was done in, but I loved the illustrations and the surprises. #WCCPBA

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Nominated for the 2023 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award, I know a lot of teachers who will appreciate this book for their butterfly units. Not so much about the life cycle of butterflies, instead it's more about adaptations. Students will love the, you-don't-want-to-see-this humor. And it's gross, so get ready for the squeals! #WCCPBA

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I Am Odd, I Am New | Benjamin Giroux
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The author of I am Odd I am New saw my goodreads review tweet and retweeted it and sent me a thank you note. 😊 I'm geeking out!

Ruthiella Awesome! 👏👏👏 2mo
Buchbeeg How cool!!! 2mo
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HAPPY #wondrouswednesday @Eggs @DarkMina
1. Everyone around me when I was growing up seemed to love reading. My first memory is of my mom reading James and the Giant Peach
2. I don't auto buy or borrow, but I pre order everything by Dav Pilkey and often 4 of each copy. One for my son and 3 for my students
3. A couple of online clubs, but we all read our own things.

Eggs Thank you 🙏🏻 🤩 2mo
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Nominated for the 2023 #WCCPBA, I can't wait to see what the kids think. It made me think of A kid is a kid is a kid by Sara O'Leary in a lightly humorous way. Her book deals with microaggressions without being too direct. Fluffy just suffers from being so cute, which sounds superficial, but has intense and kinda hysterical consequences. TG it's fiction!

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An inspiring author, Abrams shares her love of words and how she learned to speak up. This does not tell the story about when she was turned away from a spelling bee because the person at the door looked at her and thought she probably couldn't spell. #everbodybooks #spellingbees

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21 Cousins | Diane De Anda
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An everybody book that addresses diversity within a family.

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A Sky-Blue Bench | Bahram Rahman
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Teach perseverance with a global perspective - hard topics like homelessness and landmines. Pajama press includes an extensive teaching guidehttps://pajamapress.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/ASkyBlueBench_TeachingGuide.pdf

Kids today are calling this image an Easter egg - the illustrator included an image of another book by the same author. Now I have another book to read! #afghanistan

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Abuelita and Me | Leonarda Carranza
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This book has an important lesson to teach about microaggressions and linguistic imperialism. I wish it had a clearer resolution and pronunciation guide. You can find a free teaching guide from the publisher at Annick press making the lesson more approachable.

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Part of a new series by Parachini called Animalographies, this story about spiders traveling to space will be a hit with kids. NASA has a teaching guide on this topic available for download at nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/researsh/news/spider

This flower in my yard is quite the hostess! To think, I bought it on clearance at the end of last summer.

Ladygodiva7 Awesome picture of spider and flower 😍 2mo
mandarchy @Ladygodiva7 😊 thanks, it's been very photogenic this ☀️ summer. 2mo
bthegood nice picture - 🌞 2mo
mandarchy @bthegood 😊 thanks! 🕷 🌼 2mo
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I Am Odd, I Am New | Benjamin Giroux
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I ❤️ 😍 seeing books by young authors. I especially ❤️ books that destigmatize childhood and human conditions. Imagine accepting people with mental illness and listening to their perspective instead of forcing our own. #endthestigma

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The illustrations are beautiful, the story is simple. Similar to the hero's journey, except the return is implied. I'm curious what the cardinal represents?

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A list of questions that prompts conversations about microaggressions and getting to know someone. How does it feel to be asked the same questions. Do we have a right to know the answer? Will the answer change your relationship to that person? What can we say instead?

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I just finished Go Tell the 🐝 🐝 🐝 and that means I need to get back to work and get ready for the coming school year. I really hate leaving the ridge. I read some reviews that people were disappointed by this book, I admit I'm not a fan of the battle scenes. I actually get kind of tired of Claire's obsession with medicine. But I'm hooked. I'll probably reread most of it all just before the next book come out.

kspenmoll Here‘s to a wonderful school year! Sorry you have to start back now…I hope you are refreshed! 2mo
mandarchy @kspenmoll 😊 thanks! I just need to start prepping. The district is asking me to take on technology after letting go of the tech teacher. 🙄 Professional development starts in a couple of weeks. The first day of school is in September. I need to get ready! 2mo
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Run out and get a copy of this book and donate it to your local library. It's really a message to publishers to publish more diverse books. Purchasing a copy is the stamp it needs, the vote, the endorsement. School libraries are especially underfunded and rarely see new books. Teachers need to build classroom libraries and would love the gift of a picture book. So many children will see themselves in this book. #everybodybooks #weneeddiversebooks

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Goodnight Racism | Ibram X. Kendi
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Loaded with precepts. I was worried it would be another adults-love-kids-get-bored kind of picture book, but it is filled with love and gorgeous illustrations. Vocabulary: unfair, unjust, cruelty, injustice, inequality, hate, hurt, and racism, as well as their antonyms; powerful words that will give children the tools to face hard challenges with grace and dignity. #everybodybooks #weneeddiversebooks

mandarchy “The moon sees all kids- whoever they are, wherever they are- and shines her light on them.“ 2mo
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Alone Like Me | Rebecca Evans
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Fascinating aspect of Chinese culture/policy that I didn't know. Youngsters might only understand it on a surface level. Older kids will want to know more about this system that prevents freedom of advancement. You might compare the Chinese system to free systems that seemingly have the same consequences. The pronunciation guide is at the start. The paragraph at the back explains the hukou system in brief terms students can understand.

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Unicorns 101 | Cale Atkinson
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Cute faux-nonfiction book about unicorns and 2nd book to claim that they poop cupcakes making it a fact. Fun read aloud. I rec. using a docu-camera to reveal visual punchlines. It has 2 seek and find pages to gaze at. This book has a lot of potential, but be warned. It's not for everybody. Save yourself the shame of having to read outloud words such as Certified Hornologist.

mandarchy Students who 😍 work sheets *they exist* love it when the publisher produces tie-in activities. In this case coloring book pages are obvious, but a unicorn name generator would be a fun follow up activity. Or a unicorn recipe book or menu. Off the page: for a movement activity, kids could have a unicorn dance off! All ideas from the book! 2mo
mandarchy Oh and corgis are magic! 2mo
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George Harrison would have made the perfect Ian Og Murray.

mandarchy Chapter 87 in the Bees is killing me, I'm blubbering 😢. Ian started out so annoying and now he's completely endearing. He is so much Jamie's successor, which now makes sense when you revisit his birth. But the new puppy! And all the people he's gathered to him on this adventure. 2mo
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Besides catching up on new picture books, I'm reading the most recent #Outlander installment. I'm 45% through and relishing the time on the Ridge. We've been having heat advisories, so sitting still, drinking lots of fluids suits me. I'm fascinated by the fact that Claire would be my grandma's age, and Brianna is close to my mom's age making me contemporary with the kids and I'm in my 50s.

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Oona and the Shark | Kelly DiPucchio
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Adorable! I love how Oona learns that more everyone appreciate the same things. Shark needed quiet calm reassurance. I like how this book addressed the needs of an introvert, the need to belong coupled with the anxiety of what that takes. Perfect #everybodybooks

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A Penny's Worth | Kimberly Wilson
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Cute informational read about the value of a penny. A primary teacher might appreciate having this in their classroom library. I haven't read it too kids yet, so I'm not sure what they'd think. I got a little tired of the clichés.

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Poopsie Gets Lost | Hannah E. Harrison
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Truly an everybody book: younger readers may not see the humor. I could see it triggering some anxiety, but then it's really funny. Poopsie turn out to be one tough cookie. The finale reminded me of The Monster at the End of This Book, or The Perfectly Messed-up Story, making Poopsie even funnier, if that's possible after the Rambo reference.

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Here's one getting into my bag of books!

kspenmoll 😂😂 2mo
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My son captured this with my phone while I was reading and reviewing picture books yesterday. Today he's the second casualty of covid in my house. I can't believe we have been dodging it for so long.

eeclayton Wishing you all an easy recovery! 2mo
mandarchy @eeclayton thank you. I think they have been lucky to get a mild case. I just hope I don't get it at all. 2mo
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Beautifully illustrated book about making friends showing how play can break down barriers. It starts out wordless adding vocabulary in English and Japanese. It gets extra praise from my family for featuring Godzilla. Usually he sneaks into a book barely noticed as a literary device or embelishment.

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I had to ask Beezus to pose with this cute cautionary dogbook. I don't know why I expected Chip to have more advice about life, he's mostly just really cute 😍 not unlike all #dogsoflitsy

TrishB Awww 🐶♥️ 2mo
IuliaC 😍 2mo
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