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Best Picture Books for Kids

Award Winning Picture Books for Kids

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?!  “Who knew that there were so many obscure children’s book awards?!”  I know, huh?  But, if you are the type of person who likes to bypass the duds,then these book awards  weed out the bad and the mediocre.  This might be a good list for holiday presents for nieces, nephews, cousin,s and grand kids … the books are not that well-known so you are not likely to duplicate what they have and you know that this is a quality book that parents will appreciate. Read more…

Riordan, best chapter books for kids

Percy Jackson + Ancient Egypt = Red Pyramid

Ancient Egypt Mythology Chapter Books for Kids

I was at the bookstore with my middle child in search of the newest Clementine book and the latest Ivy and Bean book.  We found the new Clementine but we already owned the latest Ivy and Bean.  As we were checking out, I noticed this pile of books behind the check out counter. Read more…

Snarky Boardbook Review: My Foodie ABC and 123 Boston

Board Books for Kids Puzzling to Adults

Blame this on a late night iPad binge blog reading session, chortling late into the night reading Go Fug Yourself, but I have discovered the inner snark in myself and have applied it to a new and puzzling board book called My Foodie ABC:  A Little Gourmet’s Guide by Puck. Read more…

Amazing Adolescent with Cancer Young Adult Book

Books for Middle School That Teach Compassion

I am  not exactly sure why I am on a posting jag on books about children with cancer, but I have read both of these books recently. Nurse with the Red Clown Nose (an eBook picture book app for iPhone/iPad/iPod) and a Young Adult novel, Ever After Ever, by Jordan Sonnenblick seem to be a yin/yang serendipitous pairing.  There are not many people I know whose lives haven’t been touched by cancer, and these books give a perspective from a child with cancer’s point of view.  If you want to read my review of The Nurse with the Red Clown Nose, please click here. Read more…

Top 10: Best Boy AND Girl Characters in Adult and Children’s Books

Best Characters in Books EVER!

I found this pair of posts on some great blogs and the dicotomy of boys versus girls made me want to post them both at the same time.  I have not read all these books, but these lists make me want to!  For the full post on boys (thank you, Must Love Books), click here.  For the full post on girls (thank you, Consumed by Books), click here. Read more…

Notable Native American Children’s Author: Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac Author Study

They say that history is written by the victor.  In the case of the Native Americans, I will say that while the victors may allow the Native Americans a voice, the winners seem to get a better distribution deal.  And it’s strange that we, who grow up in the United States and even study history in college, know so little about the Native American heritage. Read more…

3 Life Lessons From Picture Books…

Picture Books Teach Life Lessons

This is a nice blog with tagline: Where Grandmas Bond, Brag and Benefit. Don’t you just love that? Here Pam Allyn shares her love of books with her granddaughter — a love that helps teach her grandchildren a sense of empathy, a sense of community, and ignites a child’s imagination. Thanks for the great post and great picture book picks! Read more…

Great Advice/Quote Book with Really Long Title (perfect for adult gift)

Parenting Advice Book From Parent to Adult Child

“In the end, you will never regret the things you have done, but you will regret the things you haven’t done.” Read more…

If You Love That Dog by Creech, A Latina Version

Multicultural Novel in Verse for Middle School Girls

Call Me Maria:  A novel in letters, poems and prose by Judith Ortiz Cofer

Maria

is a song.  As in,  I just Met a Girl Named Maria Read more…