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It’s Time for My Top 2012 Books for Kids

Now that 2012 is over, it’s time for my favorite picks for kids ages nine and older. I am sure that several of these books will be a potential Newbery winner. Wonder, by R. J. Palacio, is a beautifully written story that ultimately teaches acceptance, friendship and kindness. Ten-year-old August leaves homeschooling and enters public […]

Great Fiction to Excite Kids to Read

The next few reviews will be dedicated to outstanding new books that will surely encourage kids, ages nine and up, to capture the love and joy of reading. The last book is best suited for teens and adults. The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, should be a definite candidate for the next Newbery […]

Halloween’s Around the Corner: Beware

I’ve been saving some great picture books for this annual occasion, so get ready for fun, funny and entertaining Halloween books good for all ages. Also, the last four books are geared primarily for ages seven to ten. The Monsters’ Monster, by Patrick McDonnell, is a sweet story that centers around a giant of a […]

Ghostly Tales for Spooky Nights

Halloween is quickly approaching and what better way to get in the mood of the holiday than with some books of thrills and chills. The first 2 books are geared for older children and the rest are picture books good for all ages. The Girl Behind the Glass, by Jane Kelley, is a story that […]

Fabulous New Books for Older Kids

The previous three weeks I have concentrated on reviewing great books for new readers. Now it’s time for outstanding books for kids that can read just about anything. And I have found some terrific reads that kids, families and probably even parents will not want to stop reading! The great thing about this level of […]

A Mixture of Genre

Listed below is a wide variety of books that start out for early readers, then going to early chapter books and ending with books for all ages. Silly Milly and the Mysterious Suitcase, by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, is a beginning reader series that cleverly includes wordplay. In this case, […]

Trick or Treat Halloween Books

Tricks and treats are most abundant in these chapter books for ages nine and older, making it my last installment for Halloween books for 2010. Ghoul Strike!, by Andrew Newbound, finds twelve-year-old Alannah in the midst of searching for her parents who went missing over 3 years ago while searching for ghosts. Now, it seems […]

Haunting Halloween Books

Halloween’s coming and so are some magical, mysterious or somewhat spooky books. So let’s begin with chapter books geared for ages nine and older. The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan, is a brand new series, much like his fantastic “Lightening Thief” series, but this book is set in Brooklyn, New York. This page-turner begins with […]

Uplifting Books and LDS Historical Fiction

It’s October and that means it’s General Conference time. So how about some wonderful books that include LDS historical fiction, mysteries, fantasies, special needs and overall uplifting books that are especially oriented to go along with our semi-annual conference?  Here are some outstanding, interesting and engaging Church themed books by LDS authors. The Silence of God, […]

More Summer Books

Here is my last installment of great summer books for kids nine and older. This list includes a nice blend of different genres that includes mystery, fantasy, humor and historical fiction and each one of these books are page turners that your kids will love. They are also perfect for your reluctant reader, as they may […]