11 Birthdays and other Wish Books

My younger daughter has recently gotten into the Wendy Mass series “Willow Falls” which starts with the book 11 Birthdays. She listens to audiobooks at night and picked this one and was quickly sucked in. I listened to snippets with her when she was going to sleep, and was intrigued enough myself that I figured … Continue reading 11 Birthdays and other Wish Books

Mrs. Smith’s Spy School For Girls

Who hasn't been curious about the world of spies? And how cool would it be if you found out that the boarding school you've been sent to is actually a secret spy school? Some kids want to go to school to be witches and wizards, some are more intrigued by the notion of being a … Continue reading Mrs. Smith’s Spy School For Girls

My Rotten Stepbrother Ruined….

Any reader of this blog knows that we have a fascination with fairy tales. We also really love fractured fairy tales or the notion of taking a look at classic stories and re-imagining them. My 11 year old actually is planning on writing one of her own. So when the #KidLitExchange posted My Rotten Stepbrother … Continue reading My Rotten Stepbrother Ruined….

The World of the Bible – an Archeological Approach

From time to time I receive books from National Geographic Kids to review. I'm always super amazed by the imagery they use and some of the books present really amazing information in a very fun way. Of all of the books I have received from them, The World of the Bible: Biblical Stories and the … Continue reading The World of the Bible – an Archeological Approach

Dorothea Lange – Picture Book Biographies

We have lots of picture books come in and out of our house. My 5th grader still loves to see a new pile from the library and settle in to see what she can experience. Lately, I have been getting a  lot of non-fiction, I just haven't had a chance to write about them all. … Continue reading Dorothea Lange – Picture Book Biographies

Picture Book Biographies of Literary Giants

One of my favorite books when I was younger was Little Women. I still have my beloved copy for my daughters to be able to read. J has read an abridged version, but hasn't yet delved into the meaty version of the classic yet. So finding a beautiful biography of Louisa May Alcott was like … Continue reading Picture Book Biographies of Literary Giants

Greetings from Witness Protection!

Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of his book – all opinions are my own. I had so much fun reading this book and would find myself finding ways to sneak in a chapter here and there. Quite impressive for a debut novel, but it is obvious that Jake Burt knows … Continue reading Greetings from Witness Protection!

The Libraries of Andrew Carnegie

I'm a sucker for a book about a library. So for today's non-fiction picture book challenge I give you the book The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie, written by Andrew Larsen and illustrated by Katty Maurey. Larsen gives young readers a very brief introduction to the rags to riches story that … Continue reading The Libraries of Andrew Carnegie

Life in the Ocean – Sylvia Earle and a lesson in protecting our earth

Our earth's surface is about 71% water and 29% land, yet much of our seas have barely been explored. Life in the Ocean is the true story of Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer and activist. While the book is about how she fell in love with the sea at an early age, it is also a … Continue reading Life in the Ocean – Sylvia Earle and a lesson in protecting our earth

Jason Chin’s Grand Canyon

It's summer, time for family vacations. One place that has been on my husband's bucket list for some time is the Grand Canyon. I would like my daughters to be a touch older so that they can appreciate it a bit more and not balk at the walking involved, but it is definitely something that … Continue reading Jason Chin’s Grand Canyon