book review: Split author: Swati Avasthi    date: Random House; 2010 main character: Jace Witherspoon  from the inside flap: Sixteen your old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother, Christian, with a  re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father), $3.84 and a secret.  He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school… Read More


I love how online access provides so many ways to keep learning. I love the diversity of ideas that challenge me to question, accept, prove or substantiate. Sometimes, I just get a greater reason to smile. I’m trying to make a point of expanding my access to include sources I don’t necessarily agree with but… Read More Connectivity

2011 Americas Award Winners

Congratulations to all the winners! 2011 Américas Award Winners – Clemente! by Willie Perdomo.  Illustrated by Bryan Collier.  Holt – The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan,  Illustrated by Peter Sis.  Scholastic Américas Award Honorable Mention – The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle.  Holt, 2010 Américas Award Commended Titles    – Arroz con Leche / Rice Pudding: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking… Read More 2011 Americas Award Winners