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    Kimberly Bower

    Kimberly Bower

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    Hi! I’m currently enjoying life along the shores of Lake Okeechobee, Fla. As a health, wellness and wealth creation coach, I help individuals define personal goals and maximize their efforts to attain them. As a librarian, I provide reference, reader's advisory, technology instruction and information services. I'm an anti-bullying and literacy advocate, book reviewer and an ordained minister. I like to geocache, write and blog about various social issues; share the healing I've found in Christ; make beautiful, usually useful things with my hands; dig in the dirt; breathe deeply of the salty ocean air and share life with my family. I'm here to entertain, encourage, enlighten, enrich and empower you to fulfill your destiny. In every area of life, my primary purpose is to glorify God and make Him known to all men.

    My favorite quote: "Why do we fear when we already know the ending?" -- Kimberly Bower

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Spherical Concentric Layer Cake Tutorial

Ah, cake! Earth Day 2016 falls on Friday, April 22. Wouldn’t this be a grand way to celebrate?

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This tutorial will show you the most basic and least equipment-heavy way of baking the concentric layer cake as seen in both the Earth cake and Jupiter cake. You can stop at half way and just make a hemisphere cake, or make two hemispheres and join them into one as in this video.

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How big you make the cake is up to you. For the Earth cake I baked the largest layer in a 2 litre pudding basin. As the Jupiter cake one was for a tute and not for a group of people, I only baked it as big as a 1 litre pudding bowl. There’s no other reason why I baked the sphere smaller – you can make it as big or small as you like.

Let’s begin!

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Dear Google, You Should Have Talked to Me First

Couldn’t have said it better. #readforpleasurenotpoints #iheartpicturebooks #kidlit #teacherlibrarian #iteachtoo #librariansrock

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Dear Google,

I wish you’d talked to teachers like me before you made that $40 million investment in Renaissance Learning.

I’ve seen the damage Accelerated Reader can do.

I witnessed it for the first time when I tutored a struggling 5th grader…eighteen years ago.

He hated to read.

He hated being locked into a level.

He hated the points associated with the books.

But more importantly, he was humiliated when he didn’t earn enough points to join in the monthly party or get to ‘buy’ things with those points at a school store full of junky prizes.

I’ve seen kids run their fingers along the binding of a book, a book they REALLY wanted read, but then hear them say, “But it’s not an AR book,” or “It’s not my level.”

I’ve watched them scramble to read the backs of books or beg a friend for answers so they can get…

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Book Review: 3/5 Stars, ‘Letters to Leo’, Amy Hest

Letters to LeoLetters to Leo by Amy Hest

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3/5 stars. Letters to Leo chronicles the life and times of a fourth-grade girl through letters she writes to her dog, Leo. I’m not head-over-heels in love with it, but it would appeal to some readers. The target audience seems to be middle to upper-middle class city girls who are cared for by au pairs and have the means to take their dogs to the groomers. Or, with those who dream of that sort of lifestyle. As expected with this writing format, the artwork is filled with hearts, flowers and pictures of Leo. The chapters were short and written in diary format. It would make a good addition to larger public or school libraries, but if budget is tight I’d hold off and select another title with potential for a wider reach.

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NaPoWriMo 2016: Day 1, ‘A Foolish Lune’

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A Foolish Lune
by Kimberly Bower

Be on guard today
April’s fools
All come out to play.

A lune is a poetic form consisting of 3 lines with a 5-3-5 syllable pattern. An alternate form counts words rather than syllables.

Photo credit: Instagram @vib_shukla

Great Poetry Picture Books

April is Poetry Month. Check out this great selection of children’s picture books.

I am spending most of the day in my classroom getting it ready for after spring break.  As I thought of what picture books to display I immediately knew that I had to celebrate April which is poetry month.  So as I pulled all of our favorite poetry(ish) picture books to put them on display, I thought I should share what my students will hopefully be enticed to read.  Please add your favorites as well.  These are in no particular order.

Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Jim LaMarche

The Big Box by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison, illustrated by Giselle Potter

All Different Now: Juneteenth, The First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis

What Forest Knows by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by August Hall

Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse illustrated by Jon J. Muth

One Today by Richard Blanko…

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FINDING WINNIE by Lindsay Mattick

Stacy’s website is a treasure trove of reviews for adult books, primarily thrillers, but even she couldn’t resist this #kidlit book. Check out her site and enjoy this review of the 2016 Caldecott Medal Winning title, ‘Finding Winnie’ by Lindsay Mattick.

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The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal

I don’t review children’s books as a rule, but every now and then something comes to my attention and I am compelled to share it. I absolutely fell in love with this book.  A short explanation first…

Every year I like to look at the Newbery Award and Caldecott Medal winners. They are always excellent children’s books and this year was particularly exciting. According to CNN, Matt de la Peña is the first Latino author to win the Newbery Medal for outstanding contribution to children’s literature for his book “Last Stop on Market Street,” illustrated by Christian Robinson. It’s a lovely book.

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of…

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Three diagrams to make your plot a page-turner

Here’s an interesting post on how to visualize each character’s path in your novel. Enjoy!

Nail Your Novel

Nail Your Novel unexpected plot developmentsI’ve had this question from Elizabeth Lord: I have just finished your book Nail Your Novel and found it extremely helpful for the rewrite phase of my novel. You mention graphs as a way to see where plots are plodding and character arcs intertwine – do you have any examples?

What a good question! Diagrams coming up.

First, though, a bit of explanation. Readers get bored if the plot appears to be predictable – ie the characters start with a goal and proceed doggedly towards it, step by step by step. This is a linear plot and it looks dead dull, like reading the syllabus for an education course, not a story. So when the characters have a clear goal at the start, we try to introduce developments that upset expectations. They’re going on the Orient Express? Great. Make one of them miss the train. Now everyone has a new…

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