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Archive for the 2011 Category

Last Minute Gifts of Books

Here are some wonderful gifts of books to give for Christmas that family members, young and old, will all love. Let’s begin with pop-up and interactive books. Super Science:  Feel the Force!  Full of Pop-up Physics Fun!, by Tom Adams, and ingeniously illustrated by Thomas Flintham, is packed with inventive and interesting facts that are […]

Gifts of Love, Gifts of Books

Here are some of the newest and best books about our faith for this Christmas Season. The Mansion, 100th Anniversary Edition, by Henry Van Dyke, and gorgeously painted by Dan Burr, is an abridged picture book with the unabridged version found at the back of the book. This story, that was referred to by the […]

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Books!

What a great time of the year to give books for gifts. Here is a collection of books about, and for, the Christmas season. The first four books are good for ages eight and older. The rest are picture books and are good for ages four to eight. Charles Dickens: England’s Most Captivating Storyteller, by […]

Picture Perfect Books for Christmas

Here are some of the best picture books published during 2011 and could be, or should be, candidates for the Caldecott prize awarded in January.  With the exception of “Mirror”, which is good for all ages, all of these picture books are good for ages four to ten. I Want My Hat Back, by Jon […]

Great Books for Great Kids

If you’re looking for some great Christmas gift books for your nine-year-old or older, or perhaps one to read out loud to your family, I’ve compiled some outstanding reads that will make these a delight for the upcoming holiday season. The Flint Heart, by Katherine and John Paterson, and magically painted by John Rocco and […]

Books About Reading Validates Reading!

Here is a collection of picture books geared for ages four to eight which celebrates the importance of reading [with the exception of the last book]. Miss Smith Under the Ocean, by Michael Garland, is an adventure that takes reading to a level that actually becomes real.  When Miss Smith reads out loud to her […]

Shorter Days Means Longer Reading

With the end of Daylight Savings Time, this is now the perfect time of year to snuggle up by the fireplace and read a good book.  Here are some great books to help ages nine through adult to do just that! The Dragon’s Tooth, by N. D. Wilson, is the first in a planned series […]

Biography Books can be Enlightening

Sometimes books about great people make great books that can be a great access to motivating great success. Here is a nice collection of books on biographies that is sure to inform and be of great interest. The Bravest Woman in America, by Marissa Moss, and painted by Andrea U’Ren, is a picture book that […]

Fall, Pumpkins and Spooky Books

Autumn time is full of color, costumes and books. Here are some great books on the subject. That Pup!, by Lindsay Barrett George, is a simple picture book painted with full color gouache that has a small pup locating, and then counting, acorns behind a wheelbarrow full of leaves, in a pumpkin patch and so […]

Books that go Bump in the Night

These picture books may not actually scare kids ages four and up, but they’ll sure enjoy reading them over and over again. Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters:  A Lullaby, by Jane Yolen, and brilliantly painted from top to bottom of every page by Kelly Murphy, is a most creative story about the most unique-looking monsters waiting […]