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National Award Announcements and Books all about Love

The coveted Newbery and Caldecott awards were just announced.  Hello Lighthouse, by Sophie Blackall, won the Caldecott medal award.  The four Caldecott honor books went to Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal, A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin, The Rough Patch by Brian Lies and Thank You, Omu […]

Children’s Book Awards and Books for Baby

The annual Newbery and Caldecott awards were recently announced. Here are the award winners for best books geared for kids ages ten through fourteen:  Medal winner: “Hello, Universe” by Kelly. Three Honor books: “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut” by Barnes, “Long Way Down” by Reynolds, “Piecing Me Together” by Watson. The Caldecott awards are for the best picture […]

My Favorite Books of 2017

The year is almost over and I have compiled my favorite books from 2017 geared for ages nine and older unless otherwise indicated A Rambler Steals Home, by Carter Higgins, has a family traveling throughout the year in their old Rambler until summer arrives. Then they settle in to small town Ridge Creek. This is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

April is Poetry Month

April brings showers and rhymes.  Poetry brings together beautiful words that describe the elegant symbiosis of spring and all that the Lord has created.  There is also great pleasure in rhyming patterns as they drip off when spoken out loud.  In fact, all poetry begs to be read out loud for the impact of the […]


Books about great people in history make for inspiring reads.  Here are some awe-inspiring books about real people that overcame much to become a tremendous influence to all around them.  But first, I need to mention the nationally celebrated book awards geared for children that were recently announced. The Caldecott Medal winner (for outstanding picture […]

My Favorite Fiction Books of 2014

It is always challenging for me to select my favorite books geared for eight years old and up because all of the books I review throughout the year are what I consider to be the best books for kids. However, I narrowed down a list and these are my top favorites.  And, all of these […]

Reissued Books Make Perfect Gifts

Some of the classic children’s books that families will thoroughly enjoy have recently been reissued. If you haven’t read them, you’re truly missing out on some of the best literature ever written for, and about, children. All of these outstanding books would be perfect to read out-loud for all ages, except for Lois Lowry’s books. […]