All posts in Book Reviews

Books Set During Summer for Kids

20 Great Books for Kids Set During the Summer

Summer Reading List Top Picks

It’s the summer or very close. Tomorrow is our last day of school. Some years my kids have summer reading homework but this year everyone is scott free. Still, I want them to read for pleasure this summer which will take some coaxing, especially for PickyKidPix who needs a school assignment as a motivation to read. Read more…

Sheela Chari

4th Grade Skype Author Visit: Sheela Chari of Vanished UPDATED

4th Grade Mystery Author Visit

One of my favorite middle grade book blogs, defined as books for ages 9-12 years old, is From the Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors. I loved the book too and the blog is a wonderful group blog of nearly 3 dozen middle grade authors who are passionate about writing and getting kids reading. I’ve won a few things from their giveaways including a Skype author visit by Southeast Asian American author Sheela Chari. Read more…

Where the wild things are, maurice sendak

Best Books for Kids: Classic Children’s Books Still Beloved Now

Best Classic Books for Kids

Maurice Sendak has left the house but it’s comforting to know that his work will live on forever, and thus, he will be beloved forever. There is a great piece in the New York Times: Read more…

Salina Yoon, Kaleidoscope

New Books for Kids: Picture Book GIVEAWAY Kaleidoscope

Great Board Book with Built-In Kaleidoscope

Blissful moments, wishing hoping,

Swiftly turning, Kaleidoscoping! Read more…

world religion books for kids, best books for kids on religion, religious books for kids, teaching kids spirituality, spirituality and kids, children and religion, religion and kids

Top 10: Best World Religion Children’s Books

Best World Religion Books for Kids

The very excellent and funny blogger Craftwhack (where irony meets creativity and explodes) asked me to come up with a list of religious and/or spiritual books for kids. It’s funny because I have had this list as a “draft” for over a year. I’m not sure if I am exactly qualified to post on best world religion books for kids because I rarely grace the inside of a church these days and my background in religious studies is spotty to say the least. Read more…

walk two moons, best classic books for kids

Top 10: Best Old Fashioned Children’s Books and Their Modern Day Equivalents

Best Old Fashioned Books for Kids

I had some old posts on old fashioned conflict free children’s books and Top 10 Classic Children’s Books Not Popular Now. During some past blog meltdowns, I just discovered that a popular post on Beloved Old Fashioned Children’s Books just disappeared from my blog. That kind of stuff happens to me all the time! Read more…

Dead End in Norvelt, Jack Gantos, Newbery Winner, 2012 Newbery Winner

Newbery Winner Dead End in Norvelt Audio book GIVEAWAY

Award Winning Books for Boys

Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year’s best contribution to children’s literature and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction! Read more…
new mysterious benedict society book, extraordinary education

Newest Mysterious Benedict Society Chapter Book GIVEAWAY!

Mysterious Benedict Society Books for Kids

It’s hot off the presses! The long-awaited 4th installment of The Mysterious Benedict Society trilogy by Trenton Lee Stewart!! Read more…

Worst Case Scenario Adventure books

Free eBooks for Tween Boys: Worst Case Scenario Novel Adventures

Make Your Own Ending Adventure Books for Boys

I pretty much love everything about this book concept:

  • It’s based on the very popular Worst Case Scenario books.
  • The cast of characters is multi-ethnic, boys and girls, and truly interesting.
  • The illustrator, Yancey Labat, used to draw for Marvel Comics.
  • It’s a novel, a graphic novel, and an If/Then game all in one. Read more…