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Nature in the Summertime

Summertime is full of nature’s surprises. I’ve compiled some great picture books about bugs, small critters, gardens, farm animals and the beautiful summer weather. As with most picture books, all ages can enjoy and benefit from the uplifting messages they portray. Ubiquitous:  Celebrating Nature’s Survivors, by the Caldecott award duo, Joyce Sidman, and illustrated by Beckie […]

Summer Picture Books

Picture books can be fun and quick reading, especially during summer months when outside activities fill family schedules. Here are some great books perfect for those times and good for all ages. The Pirate Cruncher, by Jonny Duddle, is a story filled with pirates, adventure and of course treasure. This rhyming tale has colorful full […]

Father’s Day Books

Father’s Day is coming up and here are some great picture books that pay tribute to grand ol’ dad. Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson, by daughter Sharon Robinson, and beautifully painted by Kair Nelson, takes you through the story of how Jackie had the courage to overcome racism in baseball by […]

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 […]

Summer Reads

Summer is right around the corner (unless you live in Northern Utah and winter seems to be here to stay) so it’s time to stock up on some great books to relax with and read alone or with your family. All of these books are good for ages nine and older, except for the last […]

Graduation Gift Books

Words, or books of advice, are the best kind of graduation present for those who are moving on to the next level. These books are great for all ages except where noted. So take my advice and give a book to that graduate – no matter which level or school they are graduating from. Fu […]

Graduation Books

Graduation is coming up for kids of different ages and at different stages in their lives. Here are some great uplifting books to help celebrate this grand time and for all ages to learn from and enjoy. I Can Be Anything, by Jerry Spinelli, and illustrated by Jimmy Liao, poses many unique and creative job […]

Mother’s Day Picture Books

Mom’s big day is right around the corner and the picture books I’ve compiled will make her day. But the great thing about these books is the subject matter will likely keep the celebration on-going throughout the rest of the year. Did My Mother Do That?, by Sharon Holt, and illustrated by Brian Lovelock, celebrates […]

Poetry Month part II

Here is the last review celebrating Poetry Month and I’ve collected some outstanding poetry picture books that showcase rhythm and rhyme in story form – and the languid liquidity of word usage. The first two books are filled with serious and glorious poems. A Mirror to Nature:  Poems About Reflection, by Jane Yolen, and photographed […]

April = Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month and I’ve collected a bounteous basket of poetry books to fill this blooming season full of rhymes, rhythms, didactic pentameters and a myriad of liquid language that will flow off the tip of your tongue. Sharing the Seasons:  A Book of Poems, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, and illustrated by David […]