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Cooking for the Classroom
Last Saturday Helen Labun ( Discovering Flavor ) reviewed some new (and newish) cookbooks for kids that are also useful for teaching subjects beyond cooking. Here's a run down of what we discussed with notes and links to additional information: Laboratory S...

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Gareth Hinds & Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Former Vermonter Gareth Hinds is best known for his retelling of classic stories (really classic, like Odyssey classic) in graphic novel form. His latest work, a retelling of  Macbeth , was highlighted in the New York Times in this review from February of 2...

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Spring 2016 Schedule
The 2015 workshops have concluded, but we've got lots of great things planned for the spring: Spring - 2016 Saturday, January 23rd, 11:00am - Noon Cooking Experiments with Helen Labun Cooking isn’t just about following a recipe and having it turn out “right...

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Heroes - With Will Alexander & Kekla Magoon
On Saturday, November 14th, Will Alexander ( Nomad , Goblin Secrets ) & Kekla Magoon ( Shadows of Sherwood , X: A Novel , How It Went Down ) came to our Author-Educator Series to talk about Creating Heroes. You can read more about the authors in  this earli...

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Kekla Magoon & Will Alexander - Saturday, November 14th
Vermont College of Fine Arts draws many talented authors into the Montpelier community - many of whom are writing important, entertaining, fantastic, humorous, serious, and generally wonderful books for children and young adults. Two of those are VCFA facul...

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Problem Solving in Stories with Nicole Griffin
N. (or Nicole) Griffin is the author of the new young reader series featuring Smashie McPerter and her friend Dontel. In the first book, Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11, the two search for who stole the class hamster after it goes missing under ...

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Microshelters
We had a great crowd on Sunday for Derek "Deek" Diedricksen talking about Microshelters. So, the real strength of the Microshelters discussion is the pictures of the super cool tiny houses, offices, tree houses, and play forts (and under "play forts" we're ...

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Materials Review: Early Chapter Books
At the end of last spring's YA Novels review we had a request for Early Chapter Books as the next topic. . . and started to get ready then and there with: Pinterest Board of Jane's Favorite Early Chapter Books Series Last Friday, we took a closer look at bo...

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Doug Wilhelm: Treasure Town
Author Doug Wilhelm has written a variety of books for kids. He has contributed to the Choose Your Own Adventure series. He wrote the acclaimed middle grade novel The Revealers . Now, he and his sister, Sarah-Lee Terrat, have started a new series of "bridge...

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Early Chapter Books: Panel Reviews
Thank you for everyone who joined us last Friday for the Early Chapter Books Materials Review. We're posting the notes in a few installments . . starting with short reviews for all the books discussed that are below. Next up we'll add notes from Doug Wilhel...
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