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Time for Summer Reading

If you’re looking for some great books for summer for ages 9 and older, look no further.  I’ve put together a list of books that would be great reading during these hot summer days or nights. My list includes historical fiction, mystery, science fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy and humor. The Vine Basket, by Josanne La […]

Long Nights Allow Great Bedtime Stories

What better time to read about long dark nights than at bedtime?  Here are some new and entertaining picture books on the subject.  Each book is good for ages four through eight. Nightsong, by Ari Berk, and richly illustrated with images of the night by Loren Long, is an exhilarating tale of overcoming one’s fears. […]

Halloween’s Around the Corner: Beware

I’ve been saving some great picture books for this annual occasion, so get ready for fun, funny and entertaining Halloween books good for all ages. Also, the last four books are geared primarily for ages seven to ten. The Monsters’ Monster, by Patrick McDonnell, is a sweet story that centers around a giant of a […]

More Great Books for Older Kids

Below, you’ll find more books for kids who have caught the reading bug and can read just about anything. There is a nice assortment of genre here, but I’m willing to bet kids, from ages nine and up, will like them all. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, reflects back to […]

The Best Books From 2011

Last year – 2011 – was a great year for great books!  It was most difficult to narrow down my long list of outstanding books for this review.  The list of exceptional books is geared for ages nine and older, as that’s the age I’m most interested in keeping the excitement and interest in reading. […]

Shorter Days Means Longer Reading

With the end of Daylight Savings Time, this is now the perfect time of year to snuggle up by the fireplace and read a good book.  Here are some great books to help ages nine through adult to do just that! The Dragon’s Tooth, by N. D. Wilson, is the first in a planned series […]

Fall, Pumpkins and Spooky Books

Autumn time is full of color, costumes and books. Here are some great books on the subject. That Pup!, by Lindsay Barrett George, is a simple picture book painted with full color gouache that has a small pup locating, and then counting, acorns behind a wheelbarrow full of leaves, in a pumpkin patch and so […]

A Mixture of Genre

Listed below is a wide variety of books that start out for early readers, then going to early chapter books and ending with books for all ages. Silly Milly and the Mysterious Suitcase, by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, is a beginning reader series that cleverly includes wordplay. In this case, […]

Wonderful Reissues for 2011

Reissues are wonderful additions to anyone’s library because these classics, favorites or otherwise wonderful books might be forgotten. Here are some outstanding picture books, as well as fiction reads, that are also terrific read alouds and good for all ages. Firebird, by Saviour Pirotta, and beautifully painted by Catherine Hyde, is an old Russian folktale that’s been retold in […]

Great Fiction for Those Long Nights

Here are some outstanding new publications to delve into while the days are short and the nights are long. This is an eclectic collection of historical fiction, fantasy, fairytales, science fiction, mythology, sports and mysteries that will appeal to ages nine and up (except for the last book which is geared for ages seven to […]