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

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

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 House that Lou Built

Imagine that you are a part of a very tight knit community and that the only tie that you have to your father, who died before you were born, is a small piece of land and a love of architecture. You have planned to build a tiny house on your land during the summer only … Continue reading The House that Lou Built

Billy and the Mini Monsters

Looking for a fun series for kids who are just getting comfortable with longer books? I finally got a chance to read the first book in the Billy and the Mini Monsters series and it is fun! "Billy is an ordinary boy until one night he finds five mini monsters living in his sock drawer. … Continue reading Billy and the Mini Monsters

Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo

My 7 year old adores audio books. She falls asleep to them every night and sometimes does art projects while listening to them. My 10 year old has enjoyed them since she was about the same age, but she only listened to books she had already read whereas my younger child likes to listen first. … Continue reading Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo

Emma is On the Air – Introducing a Spunky New Character

Every January I look forward to participating in Multicultural Children's Book Day. This year, I'm even more excited to be a co-host, so be prepared for a slew of posts featuring great books as we get closer to the January 27th link-up event. This year Multicultural Children's Book Day is super excited to welcome Scholastic … Continue reading Emma is On the Air – Introducing a Spunky New Character

Halloween Chapter Books

Keeping with my Halloween theme, I wanted to explore books that were not picture books, but that enticed young readers to get into the Halloween spirit. Part of this has to do with the fact that the book club that we have for our third graders attempted to pick a book for this month that … Continue reading Halloween Chapter Books

Reading and re-reading The Land of Stories

A few years ago I started hearing about the book The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. The book sounded perfect for me - fairy tales, adventure, and strong young characters. I was quickly sucked into the story and when J heard me listening to the audiobook version of book 2, she heard the names … Continue reading Reading and re-reading The Land of Stories

The Lemonade War – A subtle way to teach about conflicts, resolutions, math and business

As an adult who is obsessed with books, I don't often pay that much attention to how books are categorized by the publishing companies. Young adult books have long been on my radar with no remorse. I will admit, however, that until recently, I hadn't picked up a ton of middle-grade books and read them … Continue reading The Lemonade War – A subtle way to teach about conflicts, resolutions, math and business