Category Archives: Book Club

Each month a book is chosen to be read and commented on.

Books to Ring in Spring

Two of my favorite books to read in the spring are Possum and the Peeper, by Anne Hunter, and and then it’s spring, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin E. Stead. In Possum and  the Peeper, possum is roused from … Continue reading

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An Autumn Tradition

Halloween is over—the witches and ghosts are being put away. The candy is almost gone. And the Jack-o-lanters fold in on themselves as they grow old and become one with the earth. These events cue another tradition in the Explorer’s classroom—the … Continue reading

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“I channel Emma Gatewood…”

“I channel Emma Gatewood when I find a challenging section of trail.” That’s what a fellow hiker said to me during an Appalachian Mountain Club sponsored hike. “Have you heard of her?” continued this 70+ hiker walking beside me. “She … Continue reading

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New Books

A box arrived at Schoolmates last week—a box of new books the staff had ordered. It felt like Christmas in November. Melissa opened the box and we all ohh’d and ahh’d as each book was pulled from it. “This one … Continue reading

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if you want to see a whale

If you want to see a whale is a book that’s all about watching and waiting—seeing. The book was created by a talented pair: Julie Fogliano wrote the words, and Erin E. Stead did the artwork. Together they explore the … Continue reading

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Ring in Spring

From the Reading Library of the Explorers. Two books we read with the Explorers to ring in the spring were Possum and the Peeper, by Anne Hunter, and and then it’s spring, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin … Continue reading

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Take it Outside – March Mud

  Turn off the screens—the phone, the television, the computer, the video games. Take time from work, from chores, from the day-to-day tasks that keep us busy. Adults and children, take it outside.  I challenge you to see and hear … Continue reading

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Reading with Jessica

From the Reading Library of the Explorers. Earlier this winter, Jessica, our local librarian, visited the Explorer’s classroom. She always chooses fun, beautiful, interesting books that have a nature theme or are just off the presses. Librarians are a great … Continue reading

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August Poem

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Can We Save the Tiger?

Can We Save the Tiger? is a valuable and inspiring resource. In fifty pages, Martin Jenkins and Vicky White offer us a view into the world of extinct and endangered animals. Jenkins explains in clear, nonjudgemental terms the intricacies of … Continue reading

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