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Advice Books for the Graduate

The month of May brings graduations of many levels, kindergarten through college.  There are many great lessons in these books that be learned as your graduate grows older.  The first three books are good for ages four to eight.  The rest are good for all ages.   Pass It On, by Sophy Henn, demonstrates in […]

Mother Dear Books

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to tell her that you love her than by giving her a book that celebrates Mom. The first three books are best suited for mom to read to, and for, herself.  The remaining books are perfect read-alouds to the entire family.   Once There […]

Poetry Enlightens Language

April celebrates Poetry Month. Here is a variety of books with poems following a theme and stories that rhyme. All of these are exceptional and promote poetry appreciation for the young and young at heart. Unless otherwise stated, these books are best for ages five through eight.   A Song About Myself, by John Keats, […]

Inspirational Books for Conference

LDS General Conference is right around the corner and here are some outstanding books to help keep an ongoing spiritual feeling after conference ends. What You Don’t Know About the 100 Most Important Events in CHURCH HISTORY, by Casey Paul Griffiths, Susan Easton Black and Mary Jane Woodger.  This book takes the reader chronologically in […]

Bedtime Reading for Sleepyheads

Reading out loud to youngsters at bedtime will build memories for a lifetime. Furthermore, selecting great books that will entice children, along with settling them down, will help them look forward to bed. This should help eliminate the struggles of getting them to go to bed. For older kids, reading great chapter book page-turners should […]

Excellent Books Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month and here are some great books that will surely inspire your young ones. The first three are picture books and the rest are historical fiction or nonfiction. All books are best suited for ages nine and above. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life, by […]

Hearts and Presidents Books

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to express your love and appreciation for dear ones. Here are some special books to help you show your deep feelings. All of the Valentine’s Day books are picture books good for ages three to eight, except for the “Fairy Tale Matchmaker” which is geared for ages eight to […]

Learning from Books and National Winners

These learning books can help children, from ages three to six, learn basic concepts (unless otherwise stated). Also, the coveted Newbery Awards (for ages nine through twelve) and Caldecott Awards (for picture books) were just announced. The Caldecott medal went to “Radiant Child: The Story of Your Ingrid Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat” by Javaka Steptoe. The […]

Winter Wonder Books

Winter is in full force so why not cuddle up by the fire with snowy books.  Here are some great picture books for ages four to eight. The last three books are good for ages nine and up.   Before Morning, by Joyce Sidman, and beautifully illustrated on scratchboard and watercolors by Beth Krommes, is […]

Best Books of the Year

The following books are my favorite books of 2016 for ages nine through fourteen.  They include several different genres and all have storylines so interesting that each book is difficult to put down.  Several of these books are definite Newbery candidates – and that coveted award will be announced in January. Just My Luck, by […]