The Magical World of Polly Diamond

I'm always on the lookout for great transitional chapter books. I think I have a book buyer inside of me just waiting to get out. Transitional chapter books are one of the things that my local libraries really seem to lack. We have digital versions of some of them, but the actual, physical book is … Continue reading The Magical World of Polly Diamond

How to Code a Sandcastle – a Picture Book for the STEM revolution

The world of coding is growing by leaps and bounds. A few years ago, Reshma Saujani started Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization formed to help close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. They want to help encourage girls to get active in the … Continue reading How to Code a Sandcastle – a Picture Book for the STEM revolution

If You Were a Kid Building a Pyramid

We have long been fascinated by Ancient Egypt. The pyramids, in particular, are an architectural wonder and part of Jewish history. So when I came across the relatively new book, If You Were a Kid Building a Pyramid, I had to check it out. Turns out that this is a series of pretty cool books … Continue reading If You Were a Kid Building a Pyramid

The Adventures of Alfie Onion

I am often shocked at how good books aimed at kids are these days. The one area that is still struggling, but getting better all the time, is books aimed at young readers who are quite strong. These are often considered transitional books and will have fewer pages and sometimes contain some pictures. So when … Continue reading The Adventures of Alfie Onion

A Ticket Around the World

Encouraging kids to travel and be aware of the larger world around them is a really important thing. Natalie Diaz and Melissa Owens did a fabulous job introducing kids to 12 different countries plus the United States in their book A Ticket Around the World. We've had this book sitting on our shelves for a … Continue reading A Ticket Around the World

Bravo to the Bees!

As spring starts to head our way, we notice the important changes. The temperatures begin to warm, plants that had gone dormant during the winter months are beginning to sprout new growth, and in many places a yellow pollen covers the ground for a few weeks. While most people appreciate the colorful flowers and greenery … Continue reading Bravo to the Bees!

Princess Pulverizer – or a Princess who really wants to be a Knight

Thank you @kidlitexchange for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own. Princess Puliverizer (aka Princess Serena) doesn't want to be a princess, she wants to be a knight. Unfortunately, she is stuck in etiquette classes and her attitude leaves something to be desired. After getting … Continue reading Princess Pulverizer – or a Princess who really wants to be a Knight

Katie Woo – We Love You!

Thank you to Capstone Publishing for providing me with a review copy of this book and for being a Silver level sponsor of Multicultural Children's Book Day. All opinions are my own. Having a 1st grader, I'm always on the look out for great books that are right in that sweet spot of great readers … Continue reading Katie Woo – We Love You!

Ellie, Engineer

Thank you to @NetGalley and @bloomsburypublishing for providing me with a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Description: Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can't wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and … Continue reading Ellie, Engineer

Thinking Outside of the Box with Goldie Blox

Getting girls excited by STEAM projects is incredibly popular right now. So we were very excited when the GoldieBlox team came out with their first chapter book for young girls this past May. I immediately purchased the first one for my daughter and she loved it. While she is a complete fashionista, E is also … Continue reading Thinking Outside of the Box with Goldie Blox