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Great Historical and Realistic Fiction

Books with historical content are both entertaining and educational.  This is one of the best ways to teach kids history along with enjoying history: by putting it into a story with interesting characters intertwined with factual history.  Realistic fiction brings out current issues or problems kids deal with and teaches ways to solve these dilemmas. […]

Summer Mysteries

Mysteries are great books to help keep kids engaged in reading.  All of the following books contain mysteries that are fun to solve.  Some are more difficult in determining the perpetrator, but that makes for a good challenging read.  All of these books are good for ages nine and up, unless otherwise indicated.   The […]

America, Baseball, Ingenuity, and Liberty

Independence Day reflects all that is America.  Here are some wonderful books to remind us of what makes this country great.  All of these books, except the last book, are good for ages 9 and up. Scholastic has an outstanding paperback series, “10 True Tales”, by Allan Zuillo, that incorporates true events that showcase brave […]

Fantastic Fantasy for Summer

Here are some amazing fantasy page-turners for your kids, ages 8 and above, that you or them will want to read and read again and again!  All would be terrific bed-time reading, but warning: your children will not want you to stop!   Alistair Grim’s Odditorium, by Gregory Funaro, is a magical adventure that takes […]

Summertime Reading

SUMMERTIME READING    It’s that time of year to close the school books and enjoy great reading books that will take your child to distant lands and adventures beyond their imagination. The first seven books focus on family and friendship.  The next five books are science fiction and all of these books are good for […]

Great Advice Books for Graduates

Graduation is just around the corner for elementary, middle and high school as well as college. Here are some outstanding books to help your graduate navigate through a successful life. Please, Mr. Panda, by Steve Antony, is a sparsely worded book but packs the punch of the importance of being considerate and showing good manners. […]

Moms Make the World Go ‘Round

What a perfect time of the year to celebrate our cherished mothers. Trees and flowers are in bloom and the earth is renewed. So here are some great books all about mom. Strength in Stillness: A Message for Women, by Patricia Holland, is a small booklet that encompasses important lessons to be learned. Sister Holland […]

Spring Books are Busting Out All Over

The most beautiful time of the year has finally arrived and the trees and flowers are celebrating this sensuous season! Here are some glorious picture books that will have you running outdoors to explore. All books are good for all ages.   Happy Spring, Chirp!, by Satoshi Iriyama, is an adorable little book geared for […]

April Celebrates Poetry

One of the best ways to enjoy our language, in an eloquent manner, is through poetry. This genre is one of my favorites because every year new picture books of rhythm, rhyme, haiku and free verse enlighten, as they lighten, our days so we can enjoy the beautiful imagery that language can create. These books […]

Easter During Conference: Perfect Books

What perfect timing in 2015 to have this sacred holiday during General Conference. Here are the most recent publications from Deseret Book that will surely help lift your spirit.   The first book is best suited for adults. The next four books are good for teens and adults. The last two books are picture books. […]