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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 […]

Celebrate the Olympics with Sport Books

The Olympics is a terrific way to celebrate our world through athletic competition.  Here are some outstanding books about several sports with the age appropriateness specified. The Wildest Race Ever: The Story of the 1904 Olympic Marathon, by Megan McCarthy, documents in a lively picture book format how America’s first Olympic marathon became dubbed “the […]

Hail to the Graduate: Young and Old

It’s graduation time from preschool and kindergarten to high school and college!  Here are some outstanding books filled with advice, imagination and creativity to help encourage and bring out the best as these various graduates transition to their next phase of life. Keep Curious and Carry a Banana (Wisdom from the World of Curious George), […]

Mother Dear, I Love You So

Mother’s Day will soon be here and I’ve collected some wonderful picture books about, and for, moms.  Naturally, these books can be enjoyed by all ages. All We Know, by Linda Ashman, and beautifully painted with watercolor and acrylic by Jane Dyer, has a lyrical rhyming style that begs to be read aloud – perhaps […]

Uplifting Books Just in Time for Conference

General Conference is right around the corner and here are some outstanding books to help motivate your family to stay on a spiritual high and other books to encourage and inspire.  The last book is perfect for children ages five through eight.  The rest of the books are good for adults and parents.   To […]

Conference Sets the Stage for Faithful Living

General Conference instills in us so many lessons which motivate and provide comfort and the confidence and faith that the Lord is always with us.  There’s a renewed willingness to learn and read and ponder now more than ever.  Here are some outstanding books that will help us to become even more faithful in following […]

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 […]

School Days are Here Again

After teaching all elementary grades for twenty-five years, I can immediately see students who have supportive, loving parents.  One of the most important activities you can do with your child is to read with them and to them.  With school back in session, there can be anxious feelings with new schedules, teachers and other classmates. […]

America, Baseball, Ingenuity, and Liberty

Independence Day reflects all that is America.  Here are some wonderful books to remind us of what makes this country great.  All of these books, except the last book, are good for ages 9 and up. Scholastic has an outstanding paperback series, “10 True Tales”, by Allan Zuillo, that incorporates true events that showcase brave […]

Great Advice Books for Graduates

Graduation is just around the corner for elementary, middle and high school as well as college. Here are some outstanding books to help your graduate navigate through a successful life. Please, Mr. Panda, by Steve Antony, is a sparsely worded book but packs the punch of the importance of being considerate and showing good manners. […]