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Advice Books for the Graduate

The month of May brings graduations of many levels, kindergarten through college.  There are many great lessons in these books that be learned as your graduate grows older.  The first three books are good for ages four to eight.  The rest are good for all ages.   Pass It On, by Sophy Henn, demonstrates in […]

Learning from Books and National Winners

These learning books can help children, from ages three to six, learn basic concepts (unless otherwise stated). Also, the coveted Newbery Awards (for ages nine through twelve) and Caldecott Awards (for picture books) were just announced. The Caldecott medal went to “Radiant Child: The Story of Your Ingrid Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat” by Javaka Steptoe. The […]

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 […]

Reading Towards Heaven

Books can uplift and inform. With General Conference recently ending, here are some remarkable books to help keep the Spirit strong in our lives. On the Path Home, by President Henry B. Eyring, is the perfect smallish sized book to help keep you focused and encouraged to stay on the path.  No matter the circumstance […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spring Has Sprung!

Springtime has finally arrived and so have birds, blossoms and little critters. Here are several picture books celebrating this magical and beautiful season.  All of these books are good for ages four and up.   Cricket Song, by Anne Hunter, is a gorgeously illustrated book that fills the pages with soft watercolor hues that wash […]

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 […]

Give the Best Gift: Books

Christmas is right around the corner and what better gift to give someone than a great book?  Books can engage and entertain the mind with wonderful words, beautiful pictures or with the way the pages flip up or out with intricate pop-up books.  Following is a sample of books for ages four through eight except […]

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 […]