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

Sarai is an Awesome Kid

Thank you for the review copy of this book which will be published 9/11/18. All opinions are my own. Sarai Gonzalez wakes up every morning to a poster reminding her that she is awesome, a pretty great way to start the day. Sarai is a bright girl with an entrepreneurial mind and a strong sense … Continue reading Sarai is an Awesome Kid

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

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

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

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

Cracking the Code with EJ12

Kids love when books come in a series. Don't believe me? Just check out the proliferation of trilogies in the last number of years. Young readers simply get hooked on a character and once they know that they like one book, they also know that they don't have to go searching through the vast library … Continue reading Cracking the Code with EJ12

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