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Great New Beginning Readers

One of the most important times for learning how to read is when children are emerging into reading.  The following books will help youngsters progress from the easiest, most simple books, to early chapter books.  Many books are part of new series which provide more success as children become familiar with the characters or the […]

Summertime = Reading Time

It’s time to go outside and sit beneath the shade of a big leafy tree and begin reading adventures, mysteries, historical fiction and more.  These books are all page turners and are perfect for the lazy, hazy days of summer.  They are perfect for ages 8 and way above.  Several of these books are definite […]

Page Turning Fiction Books

Here are some of the best new fiction books for kids ages eight and older.  There are several types of genres listed here and include fantasy, realistic fiction, humor, mystery and science fiction.  If you’re looking for a book to engage, or get your child excited about reading, this list is for you!     […]


During the coldest and darkest months of the year books about snow and winter can be a delight to read.  The following books are all picture books except for the last two and are good for ages four through eight.  The final two books are good for ages nine through adult.   Snowy Bear, by […]

My Favorite Chapter Books of 2015

I reviewed many outstanding books in 2015.  It is a most difficult task to narrow the list down to 14 favorites.  So here are my top favorite books covering several genres.  All but the last book are for kids ages nine through fourteen.  And chances are good that one of these just might receive the […]

Great Reading for Long Nights

Now that Daylight Saving Time is gone, and darkness sets in much earlier, what better time than now to settle into some outstanding books in the warm comfort of your home? Here are some of the best new books geared for ages nine and up (unless otherwise indicated). But chances are, you’ll enjoy them also […]

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 […]

Christmas is Coming!

Christmas Day is right around the corner and time is running out for those special presents for all those special people.  Here are some excellent ideas – and, of course, they are all books!  The first three books are perfect for the entire family.  Appropriate ages will be indicated for the rest of the books. […]

The Best Fiction Books for Summer

Summertime is the best time to relax and pick up a book.  What better time is there to while away the hours than reading underneath the shade of a leafy tree?  There’s no homework to worry about and the sun is up longer and the weather couldn’t be better.  So what are you waiting for? […]

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 […]