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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. […]

Moms Make the World Go ‘Round

What a perfect time of the year to celebrate our cherished mothers. Trees and flowers are in bloom and the earth is renewed. So here are some great books all about mom. Strength in Stillness: A Message for Women, by Patricia Holland, is a small booklet that encompasses important lessons to be learned. Sister Holland […]

April Celebrates Poetry

One of the best ways to enjoy our language, in an eloquent manner, is through poetry. This genre is one of my favorites because every year new picture books of rhythm, rhyme, haiku and free verse enlighten, as they lighten, our days so we can enjoy the beautiful imagery that language can create. These books […]

Easter During Conference: Perfect Books

What perfect timing in 2015 to have this sacred holiday during General Conference. Here are the most recent publications from Deseret Book that will surely help lift your spirit.   The first book is best suited for adults. The next four books are good for teens and adults. The last two books are picture books. […]

February Celebrates Black History

This collection of outstanding books on the subject includes the newly announced Newbery Honor book for this year.  That book, Brown Girl Dreaming, along with the next three books, is good for ages nine through adult. The rest of these books are picture books that are good for all ages.   Brown Girl Dreaming, by […]

For Love and Country

Valentine’s Day is a fun and unique holiday because it is all about showing gratitude, friendship and most of all – love. On the other hand, President’s Day helps us reflect on some of the great U.S. presidents and our country’s past. All of the Valentine’s Day books are picture books and are good for […]

Christmas is for Loving Our Savior

Christmas time is a special time of year for family and joy. We should constantly remember the Savior and His love and sacrifice for each of us and here are some outstanding books to help touch our spirits and place our hearts where they belong.   It is Better to Look Up: Life Experiences Shared […]