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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s getting close to Christmas and time is short for last minute shopping.  Gift giving can be simple and cherished.  So why not give books?  Here are some new book sets, pop-up books, uniquely packaged books, books that compile many stories, and classics that have been reissued.  All books, except where noted, are good for […]

Christmas Books for Children

It’s the time of the year for wonderful books about the Christmas season.  Here are some outstanding picture books, and fiction books, that would be great for all ages.  I’ve organized these books into three categories: meaningful, traditional and humorous.  I’ll begin with meaningful books.   Gifts of the Heart, by one of my favorite […]

Inspiring Books for Christmas

Books that inspire and help direct lives to better live the Gospel are the best kinds of gifts at this wonderful time of year.  The first four books, as well as the last, are good for ages twelve through adult. The two picture books indicate the best appropriate age.   John Stockton: Assisted, An Autobiography, […]

It’s Gift Giving Time

Some of the best gifts to give at Christmas time are books! Books can uplift, motivate, entertain, inform and educate. Here is a list of non-fiction books that are perfect for the entire family, extended family, neighbors and friends. I’ve divided these outstanding books into animals, people, information and science. Eight Dolphins of Katrina: A […]

Fiction at its Best

The Newbery award winners for 2014 are announced in January and I have several outstanding candidates that could, or should, be on the short list for the award.  All of the books below portray a talent of extraordinary writing that propels and immerses the reader completely into the story.  They all teach and inform about […]

Amazing Wordless Picture Books

Picture books can inform, excite and help youngsters understand the world around them.  There are also picture books that can help children communicate, as well as extend their imaginations.  I’ve compiled some outstanding new picture books that are generally wordless.  These types of books are perfect to help youngsters verbalize what they see in the […]

Super Books for Ages Nine and Above

It seems that parents are always looking for great books for their kids – books that will excite and educate them.  Here is an excellent list that will surely entice and lure kids away from games and TV and into books.  These books cut across genres.  But I constantly tell schools and students that if […]

Colder Crazy Weather is Upon Us

Windy, rainy, snowy weather is here – and the temperatures are dropping.  It’s time to gather in the rest of the vegetables and fruits from the garden before it freezes.  Here are some great picture books, on the subject, that can be enjoyed by all ages.   Sophie’s Squash, by Pat Zietlow Miller, and painted […]

One Last Boo to You!

Here is the last collection of Halloween books for the faint of heart.  Actually, these are delightful picture books that all ages will surely enjoy.  None of these books are scary and some are fun and humorous.  So what are you waiting for?  Get reading – and enjoy!   Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book, […]

Spooky Mysteries

Halloween’s coming and what better time to read mysterious fiction than after the sun goes down?  All of these books, except the last book, are good for ages nine and older.  The last book is an early chapter reader book good for ages seven to nine.   Scare Scape, by Sam Fisher, is a riveting […]