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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!     […]

SNOWY WINTER BOOKS

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 […]

Sleepy Time Books

Winter brings long dark nights. It also brings bedtime in cold, windy and snowy conditions. Here are some new picture books that are sure to help settle down youngsters, ages three to seven, and have them begging to be read to again and again. The Princess and the Giant, by Caryl Hart, and brightly illustrated […]

Books that Stretch your Imagination

Wordless books help to bolster communication and actively engage the reader to imagine more to a story.  All of these books are wordless stories, except for the last three.  Those books are “search and find” books.  All are good for all ages, unless otherwise indicated.   Where’s Walrus? And Penguin?, by Stephen Savage, displays such […]

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 […]

Different Cultures and Traditional Stories

Books can enlighten us and help us understand traditions and ways of life in other countries.  Here is a collection of these types of books as well as unique takes on traditional folktales.  You’ll find the appropriate age level at the end of each book’s review.   Night Sky Dragons, by Mal Peet and Elspeth […]

Summer Mysteries

Mysteries are great books to help keep kids engaged in reading.  All of the following books contain mysteries that are fun to solve.  Some are more difficult in determining the perpetrator, but that makes for a good challenging read.  All of these books are good for ages nine and up, unless otherwise indicated.   The […]

Fantastic Fantasy for Summer

Here are some amazing fantasy page-turners for your kids, ages 8 and above, that you or them will want to read and read again and again!  All would be terrific bed-time reading, but warning: your children will not want you to stop!   Alistair Grim’s Odditorium, by Gregory Funaro, is a magical adventure that takes […]