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Sometimes we Need a Restart

Do you ever wish that you could start over with a clean slate? Or re-do a part of your life? Chase didn't realize that he needed a restart, but he got one after falling off the roof and suffering from amnesia. In Gordon Kormon's novel Restart, readers get a chance to see middle school from... Continue Reading →

The Boy and the Giant

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 →

Kindness is a Simple Act

We live in an unfortunate time where there is a lot of anger and hatred. Where there is a fear of being different - fear of mean acts, mean words, deportation, violence, and general cruelty. Raising children in this age is extra challenging. It is harder to shield them from cruelty if they are already... Continue Reading →

Refugee by Alan Gratz

There are times when books and history or social studies lessons go hand in hand. Refugee is one such book. This should be on required reading lists for middle graders, and adults might learn a thing or two from it as well. I first heard of Refugee as it was coming out last summer and... Continue Reading →

Tiny Stitches

Since being published in 2016, the book Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, by Gwendolyn Hooks, has garnered a lot of praise. This book is special because it tells the important story of Vivien Thomas - both his amazing contribution to the medical world and the struggles that he had to face... Continue Reading →

Katie Woo – We Love You!

Thank you to Capstone Publishing for providing me with a review copy of this book and for being a Silver level sponsor of Multicultural Children's Book Day. All opinions are my own. Having a 1st grader, I'm always on the look out for great books that are right in that sweet spot of great readers... Continue Reading →

Hanukkah Book Roundup 2017

Every year as the winter holidays roll around I'm always on the lookout for new Hanukkah books. We of course have our long-time favorites, but finding new books is always a great adventure. Since Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown, I wanted to finally get my collection up. While not a new book, Stephanie Spinner's It's... Continue Reading →

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 →

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