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My Favorite Books of the Year 2013

It’s time for my choices of the best books from 2013. This is the first of two lists and will be completed next week. All of these books are good for ages 9 and up. Some of these books could become Newbery winners that will be announced toward the end of January. Escape From Mr. […]

My Picks for My Favorite Books from the Past School Year

School is now either over or almost completed.  What better time than to lean against a tall willow and read a great book?  These are books geared for ages nine and older. Sophia’s War, by Avi, is an astounding story written by one of the best historical fiction writers for kids. It’s 1776 and young […]

A Most Miraculous Time of the Year

I am reviewing one of the most beautiful and reverent picture books you’ll find for Christmas!  The Nativity, by J. Kirk Richards, has a sacred feel from cover to cover.  Upon opening the book, you find the end-pages filled with a glow of gold.  When turning the pages, a pallet of brown and gold hues […]

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 […]

It’s April and It’s Poetry Month

Poetry is an elegant and creative demonstration showcasing the beauty of our language! Here is a collection of a variety of new poetry books for all ages to enjoy! Inside Out & Back Again, by Thanhha Lai, is a story told in free-verse of a family emigrating from Vietnam in 1975. From the eyes of […]

Babies, Babies Everywhere [and the Caldecott and Newbery Award Winners]

The coveted national book awards have just been announced! The Caldecott medal winner (which is awarded to the best of the picture books) is “A Ball For Daisy”, by Chris Raschka.  And the honor winners (which are the runners-up) are “Blackout”, by John Rocco, “Grandpa Green”, by Lane Smith and “Me…Jane”, by Patrick McDonnell.  The […]

Sleepy Nighttime Books Plus Newberry and Caldecott Winners

The renowned Newbery and Caldecott awards were announced last week and here are the Newbery winners: Medal winner – Moon Over Manifest, by Claire Vanderpool; Honor awards – Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm, Heart of a Samurai, by Margi Preus, Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night,  by Joyce Sidman, and illustrated […]

Award Winners of 2009

The Newbery and Caldecott Awards were just announced.  I’ve been discussing in my various school presentations the books that I thought would be winners. Well, “When You Reach Me”, by Rebecca Stead, actually won the medal award! I also picked one of the Caldecott awards, “Red Sings From Treetops: A Year in Colors”, illustrated by […]

Holly’s Top Books for 2009

Last year was a terrific year for great books and I’ve listed my top favorites of the many books I reviewed during the year.  All of these would be great to read aloud and all but the first two books are geared for ages 9 and up. The first two books are geared for ages […]

Newberrry and Caldecott Winners

The Newbery awards were just announced and the winner is:   The Graveyard Book , by Neil Gaiman.   The Honor Books are:   The Underneath , by Kathi Appelt; The Surrender Tree:   Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom , by Margarita Engle; Savy , by Ingrid Law; and After Tupac & D Foster […]