January 16, 2012

Book Talk Tuesday 2012

I have been searching the web for a great place to post book reviews for librarians and teachers to use in the classroom. Well, I am going to try hosting my own Book Talk Tuesday! I invite teachers and librarians to link to a recent book talk or book review that can be used by others- to help purchase new books, learn about new books and to help give us book talk ideas. 

My rules?
1. All content must be appropriate for children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. 
2. Please link to your original content, not the content of others. 
3. Websites that you link to must be child friendly since lots of kids visit this site and if they click on your link, I want it to be appropriate for them. 
4. Positive reviews only, please... we only spread love here at The Lemme Library! 
5. Books must be available in The US. (you are welcome to link to ARC reviews)
6. I reserve the right to remove any reviews that don't meet criteria 1-5. 
In the link title field, be sure to include the title of the book you are reviewing and your site name. In the URL field, please link to this specific post that contains the book review (That way people don't have to scour your blog looking for it!)


The mosaic is made of 4,242 officially licensed Rubik’s Cubes. It measures 19′ x 8’6″ x 2.25″ and  weighs roughly 1000 pounds. Read more about this art installation here.  I have never solved a Rubik's Cube in my life. I was the kid who peeled the stickers off and put them on in the correct place.
How did you celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day? My staff attended workshops that celebrated or explored racial equality today. 
1.Karen at Literate Lives9.Can't Sleep Without Sheep (Flowering Minds)17.Lisa Ard reviews Inside Out and Back Again by Thannha Lai
2.Maria Selke Dragon's Book of the Week10.Dr. Dolittle (Colby Sharp)18.Blueberries for Sal (Try Curiosity!)
3.The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (Newbery Challenge)11.The Cheshire Cheese Cat (Great Kid Books)19.Dragon Castle (pageintraining)
4.Celebritrees (From Tots to Teens)12.John at Lit36020.Binky the Space Cat (Chocolate Air)
5.Un Lun Dun (Kidsmomo)13.Jen and Kellee @ Teach Mentor Texts21.Maeve- Yellow Brick Reads
6.Oakridge Reads14.Amanda @ Maestra Amanda's Bookshelf22.Kid's Reading Corner
7.Ms O Reads Books: Rebel Fire (Young Sherlock Holmes)15.Brian at Help Readers Love Reading

8.Here Comes the Garbage Barge (a to z library)16.Worst of Friends (Roving Fiddlehead Kid Lit)


  1. I love this idea! Between Book Talk Tuesday and It's Monday:What Are You Reading, I will be adding lots of books to by TBR pile! Thanks for hosting.

    I have added a link to one post in a series that my blog partner and I have been doing as we "Look for Newbery."

  2. I'm going to try to participate each week. My post this past week was about "Guys Read: Thrillers". I recommend a book each week in my classroom and then post it for others to see. They aren't always "new" books, though. I hope that's okay?

  3. Just posted the blog review I did yesterday - thanks for the prompt! Susan Murray From Tots to Teens

  4. Actually, I think peeling the stickers off a Rubik's Cube and putting them back on in the correct places IS a valid solution. A very clever one, at that, if not the intended one. Kudos to you!

    Thanks for the review roundup.

  5. Oakridge Reads (@booksandbytes)January 16, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Fifth graders from Oakridge Elementary School in Arlington, VA, have some great recommendations--five new books posted today! Thanks for the opportunity!

  6. I never have been able to solve them, either. My brother got so he could do it in under a minute. Apparently there are lots of patterns and hints you can find online.

  7. I've never participated in Book Talk Tuesday before, but there's always a first time. Thanks for the opportunity, Kelly. And thanks to everyone else for sharing your reviews.

    P.S. I solved my Rubik's Cube by busting apart the pieces and then reassembling it correctly.

  8. Hi, Kelly. I haven't blogged too much lately (which I am hoping to change soon!) but wanted to stop by and check out some of the posts. I think I used to peel the stickers off the rubik's cube, too...and my brothers used to take the whole thing apart (like Brian says he did)!

  9. Great idea. Can't wait to see what others come up with!