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The Olympics Peak an Interest in Sports Books

The 2012 London Summer Olympics garners high interest in sports here in America.  Following an amazing book that introduces readers to London, there are several more books about the Olympics and several sports that kids will genuinely enjoy. Pop-Up London (Full of Flaps, Facts, and Dramatic Pop-Ups), by Jennie Maizels, and engineered by Richard Ferguson, […]

Lazy Hazy Days of Summer Books

The long, hot days are here and what better way to cool off than by reading about all aspects of summer:  bugs and animals, the growing season and vacation?  Just cozy up under the shade of a leafy tree or while sipping a cold glass of lemonade and read these picture books and chapter books […]

More Great Summer Reads

Here are more great books geared for ages nine and up, unless otherwise stated, that kids will not want to stop reading. So let them read all day, any day or night, while summer stays a while longer.  All of these books would also be enjoyable to read aloud for ages six and up. Summer […]

Get Going This Summer

Summertime equates to getting outside and driving to places of interest – or just for vacation.  It’s also the time that traffic is slowed or stopped due to repair work on roads and freeways.  Here are some great picture books about transportation.  Unless otherwise stated, all of these books are good for ages 3 to […]

God Bless America!

Independence Day is a great time to appreciate our blessed country and reflect on all who have sacrificed their lives to help make it great!  Here are some great books about our USA. The first five are picture books and are good for all ages. Unless stated, the rest of the books are best suited […]

Father’s Day and Outdoor Summer Fun

Fathers come in all shapes, sizes and personalities – and they are priceless and a valued treasure.  Father’s Day also comes as summer vacation and family activities begin.  Here are books that celebrate both.  All are picture books and are good for all ages, unless indicated. I Love My Daddy, by Giles Andreae, and brightly […]

Reading Up on Other Cultures

Reading about life far away from one’s own life can help teach tolerance, understanding and compassion for others that might seem different.  Here are books as diverse as Cuba, China and Turkey that are enlightening for all ages. If You Lived Here, Houses of the World, by Giles Laroche, is a perfect way to introduce […]

My Top Favorite Books from the School Year

Here are my top picks of fiction books geared for kids nine and older from this past school year, with the exception of the last book which is best suited for teens through adults.  However, all of these books, except the last one, would also be terrific to read-aloud and most likely will incur a […]

Reading: The Greatest Pastime of Summer

Summer’s right around the corner and so is more time to relax and read. Here are some out-standing newly published books geared for kids ages 9 and older, unless otherwise stated. Small as an Elephant, by Jennifer Richard Jacobson, is a captivating story from the first page to the last. Jack and his mom have […]

Advising Graduates with Books

Your son, daughter, relative or friend may be entering a new phase of school or life by leaving kindergarten, elementary, middle or high school – or completing their college education. Here are some outstanding new books that will not only entertain, but enlighten their way to their new lives.  The first three books are good […]