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Great Back-to-School Books

School is right around the corner and here are some outstanding books to help celebrate or soften the blow (depending on the age and anticipation of the child).  All but the last two books are picture books and are good for ages four to eight.  The last two are fiction books best for ages eight […]

Great Fiction Books for Summer

The books discussed in this review are excellent for hot summer days. They include several genres and some would be terrific to read out loud. All of these books are perfect for ages nine and up.   The Goldfish Boy, by Lisa Thompson, is a story involving a mystery. But it centers on a boy, […]

Summertime Books to Travel with and Enjoy

Summer is a wonderful time of year for kids to enjoy the pleasures of reading.  There are books to learn from, to instill creativity, or those to just enjoy without the pressures of deadlines or homework.  Here are some perfect books for kids to help pass their lazy days in the sun or while traveling.  […]

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 […]

Read Aloud Books for Longer Nights

With daylight saving time ending, this is the perfect time of year to begin reading great stories to your children. The first two books are picture books making them quick reads.  The next two books progress into chapter books which are good for ages six through nine.  The rest are fiction books and are perfect […]

Halloween’s Coming!

It’s that time of year that children of all ages love to celebrate. Kids look forward to dressing up in costumes and, of course, receiving candy.  Here are some great books to help with this celebration during the month of October.  All of these books, with the exception of the first and last books, are […]

Terrific Books Hard to Put Down

I am constantly looking for books that are rewarding, yet challenging, and that will help get kids, ages nine through teens, excited to read.  This is a critical developmental age as children become more involved in extracurricular activities.  However, if they find books that are exciting, engaging, interesting and/or entertaining, they will find the time […]

America the Beautiful

Independence Day is right around the corner and that equates with picnics, fireworks and appreciating our beloved country and this land that was saved for these latter days.  Here are some excellent non-fiction and historical fiction books.  Unless indicted, all books are good for ages eight and up. Brave Like My Brother, by Marc Tyler […]

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 […]