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'A Rover's Story' Book Club: Day 3 [end]
'A Rover's Story' Book Club: Day 3 [end]

Welcome to the third and final day of OwlCrate Jr's Book Club, hosted by Cheryl of And Other Tales! This month we are reading A Rover's Story by Jasmine Warga. 

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'A Rover's Story' Book Club: Day 2
'A Rover's Story' Book Club: Day 2

Welcome to day two of OwlCrate Jr's Book Club! This month we are reading A Rover's Story by Jasmine Warga. 

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'A Rover's Story' Book Club: Day 1
'A Rover's Story' Book Club: Day 1

Welcome to day one of the OwlCrate Jr Book Club! This month we are reading A Rover's Story by Jasmine Warga.

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Everything You Need to Know About our JINXED theme!
Everything You Need to Know About our JINXED theme!

Everything you need to know about OwlCrate Jr's November "Jinxed" theme, featuring items by Jestenia Southerland, Jess Gunderson and a Howl's Moving Castle item by Jessie Carper. Book reveal inside!

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Helping Students tell a Story across Genres
Helping Students tell a Story across Genres

When we read a story today, how often does it stand alone? Words only? More likely we see slowly flickering photos to complement the story, hear an audio clip of a related interview or piece of music, or watch a video help tell the story we’re reading. 

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Whatcha Reading? October 2022
Whatcha Reading? October 2022

The spooky season has come and gone, and we're happy to say we read some wonderfully spine-tingling stories during our favorite month of the year, as well as some powerful non-fiction. Let's take a peek at what the team read and loved in October! Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega This was such a lovely middle grade novel about friendship, second chances, and teamwork. I absolutely adored the setting, magic system, and main characters. I'm super excited to see that this is going to be a larger series where we can continue to follow not only a diverse cast of characters but also powerful female leads. This book should...

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Jinxed! Reading Recommendations
Jinxed! Reading Recommendations

Take a look at these six book recommendation based on the OwlCrate Jr November 2022 theme, JINXED!

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'Mapmaker' Book Club: Day 3 [end]
'Mapmaker' Book Club: Day 3 [end]

“Home is wherever we are together.” Today we are covering pages 201 through to the end of MapMaker by Lisa Moore Raméw! When we left off, Walt was starting to feel suspicious about Fenn's intentions. Let's find out what happens next...   Take it away, Cheryl! The Story Continues . . . Walt’s instincts are right! Fenn disappears but quickly returns with a snack for the group - some delicious brown bean pods … but turns out they’re poisonous! Walt, Van, and Dylan all fall asleep!  They wake up to discover Canter (the angry patrol officer from the 7-11, who dislikes Walt and...

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'Mapmaker' Book Club: Day 2
'Mapmaker' Book Club: Day 2

“You have a wonderful imagination … you can go anywhere you want to. Just close your eyes and see it.” Welcome to day two of OwlCrate Jr's book club read-along for our September book pick: Mapmaker by Lisa Moore Ramée!  Grab a copy, read along with us and join in the discussion!  Reading Schedule:  Part 1: Pages 1-98Part 2: Pages 99-200Part 3: Pages 201-End  Take it away, Cheryl! The Story Continues . . .  The next morning it’s not long before Van finds Walt … and the bickering begins! Later an angry Dylan appears on their doorstep accusing Walt of changing Blackbird Bay after...

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'Mapmaker' Book Club: Day 1
'Mapmaker' Book Club: Day 1

Day one of our book club read along for Mapmaker by Lisa Moore Ramée!

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Interview with the Author: Lisa Moore Ramée
Interview with the Author: Lisa Moore Ramée

We were thrilled to include acclaimed author Lisa Moore Ramée's latest middle grade novel, MapMaker, in our 'Map It Out' themed box. MapMaker is "an absorbing, imaginative adventure about a Black boy who has the magical ability to bring maps to life." Read on for our interview with Lisa as she answers our questions on the inspiration behind the story, creating your own world, and more!   Hi Lisa! MapMaker is a great story that is both fantastical and very relatable. How did the idea for this book first come to you? I have sort of a weird fascination with maps. Maybe because I didn’t...

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