Seeing Something New in The Third Mushroom

Life isn't a Hollywood movie. That's one of the many things that Ellie learns in The Third Mushroom, an incredibly satisfying sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish. In this book, which I finished in under 24 hours, we watch as Ellie experiments with her first romantic relationship, works on a science fair project with her grandfather, … Continue reading Seeing Something New in The Third Mushroom

Sprouting Hope over Banned Books

This past week was Banned Book Week. I'm always amazed when I think about the volume of books that get challenged and banned. I can understand if parents think that material in some books might be too old for their child, but other than that, I think having conversations about the material rather than banning … Continue reading Sprouting Hope over Banned Books

The Queen Girls are Back!

Last year I had the pleasure of being included in helping launch the Kickstarter campaign for Queen Girls Publications to present Bessie: Queen of the Sky and had a great interview with the team behind the books. So I am thrilled to announce that today they have launched their new Kickstarter campaign to promote their … Continue reading The Queen Girls are Back!

The Magic of Melwick Orchard

Books that realistically deal with childhood illnesses walk a fine line with dealing with the reality of illness and the havoc it wrecks on the entire family yet not being heavy handed with it. Rebecca Caprara tackles the subject deftly in her MG debut The Magic of Melwick Orchard. (Thank you to the #KitLitExchange Network … Continue reading The Magic of Melwick Orchard

Storytelling Magic with The Magician’s Secret

I love a good multi-generational story, especially when it is also a story about storytelling. I have really fond memories of my bubby (grandmother in Yiddish) telling the most outrageous stories. We thought about having her type them up, but we didn't get it done soon enough and we didn't help her do it, so … Continue reading Storytelling Magic with The Magician’s Secret

Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper

There are times when we read a book and decide that it is one of those books that everyone should read. Granted, as a book blogger I tend to encourage people to read a lot of the books that I read, but Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper is one of those gems that have … Continue reading Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper

Renato and the Lion

Renato loved his home in Florence, Italy. He loved the people there. And the food there. But he especially loved the art there. It was everywhere. This is how Barbara DiLorenzo begins her beautiful book, Renato and the Lion. Through beautiful watercolor images, DiLorenzo brings Florence, Italy to life. This gorgeous book sends us back … Continue reading Renato and the Lion