Why would a kind giant who helps out a village not want to be seen? "Because people are scared of things that are different. And sometimes, they're not so nice." That's what Billy's grandad tells him when he doesn't believe that the "Giant of Gableview" is real. It is a lesson that all of us … Continue reading The Boy and the Giant
E.D. Baker, the author who brought us the beloved Frog Princess series as well as The Wide Awake Princess, is back with a new series featuring an intelligent, headstrong, and kind princess (Bloomsbury Press, November 6, 2018) More Than a Princess introduces readers to Aislin of Eliasind. Aislin is half-fairy and half-pedrasi, a new being … Continue reading More Than A Princess
Did you know that animals tongues perform a wide array of uses? I knew a few of them, but in the new book, Terrific Tongues! by Maria Gianferrari, we get to learn a wide array of how animals use their tongues. * Thank you to the Kid Lit Exchange for a review copy of this … Continue reading Making animal facts fun!
I don't often read books that are mainly meant for young boys, but thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange, I was able to read Stu Truly by Dan Richards, a book that just came out this month. It is a coming of age story about a young boy and also a comical look at how … Continue reading When Lies Get the Best of You
We live in a time where, unfortunately, our way of life has hurt the world around us. It often feels like the problems are bigger than us, but the reality is that each and every one of us can make a difference. Just as the Lorax once said, "until someone like you cares a whole … Continue reading Saving our Environment – Children can Make a Difference
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
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….
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
I recently discovered a really wonderful podcast called "Lifelines: Books that Bridge the Divide." Hosts Ann Braden and Saadia Faruqi aim to "share conversations with librarians, educators, and readers about the children’s books that can be bridges across our cultural divides…the books that can open minds and the books that can be the lifeline a … Continue reading Bridging the Gap and Amal Unbound
Thank you to @KidLitExchange for sharing a review copy of this book with me. All opinions are my own. Sometimes you have to read books twice to really get them. That was the case for me with Daria Peoples-Riley's new book, This is It. The story seems simple enough, a young girl has a dance … Continue reading Believing in Yourself – This is It