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Young Adult (14-18)

Meridian by Amber Kizer

Meridian by Amber Kizer

Meridian Sozu has never led what you’d call a normal life. For as long as she can remember, death has followed her wherever she goes. On her sixteenth birthday, Meridian witnesses a deadly accident and is immediately sent away to stay with her great-aunt in Revelation, Colorado. It is there […]

November 24, 2012 ×

Board Books

Apple Pie ABC

Apple Pie ABC

Since it is Thanksgiving week, I’d like to share a book all about a beloved turkey day dessert – pie! That book is Apple Pie ABC (©2011) by Alison Murray. “When an apple pie arrives piping hot on the kitchen table, a little pup does everything from A to Z […]

November 19, 2012 ×

Picture Books

Setting the Turkeys Free

Setting the Turkeys Free

Who didn’t love making hand turkeys as a kid? Just in time for Thanksgiving, here’s a great book and art project idea for the kids! Setting the Turkeys Free (©2004) by W. Nikola-Lisa and Ken Wilson-Max is an inventive story that is fun to read aloud. A little boy uses […]

November 15, 2012 ×

Middle Grade (9-13), Young Adult (14-18)

A Year Told Through Stuff

A Year Told Through Stuff

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf (©2007) by Jennifer L. Holm is not your everyday novel. This non-traditional story is described as “a year told through stuff.” Using nothing but notes, lists, homework assignments, poems, shopping receipts, and other items, the author tells the story of 12-year-old Ginny Davis’s first […]

November 14, 2012 ×

Picture Books

Modern Classic: Doctor De Soto

Modern Classic: Doctor De Soto

Doctor De Soto is a well-respected dentist who, with the help of his assistant (who is also his wife), treats many kinds of animals, big and small. However, not every kind of animal is welcome in Doctor De Soto’s office. Since the De Sotos are mice, cats and other dangerous […]

November 12, 2012 ×

Top Ten Tuesday

Ten Favorite Fictional Families

Ten Favorite Fictional Families

Top Ten Tuesday is here again! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book-themed feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week was a Top Ten Tuesday freebie, meaning that bloggers who participate can choose their own topic! I decided to count down my Top Ten Favorite Fictional Families. […]

November 6, 2012 ×

Picture Books

I Love Linnea!

I Love Linnea!

Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Bjork and Lena Anderson is the best of two worlds. It effortlessly blends an engaging lesson in art history with an exuberant children’s story. Linnea loves flowers, and enjoys reading about French artist Claude Monet. She is delighted to travel to Paris to see […]

November 1, 2012 ×

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Favorite Heroines

Top Ten Favorite Heroines

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! For those of you who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They pick a new theme each week and encourage other book bloggers to post top ten lists of their own. This week’s […]

October 30, 2012 ×

Picture Books

Mo Willems Keeps the Hits Coming

Mo Willems Keeps the Hits Coming

It’s no secret that I love a good parody. But Mo Willems’ Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs (©2012) isn’t a good parody, it’s a great one. Three dinosaurs – Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur, and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway – decide one day to make up […]

October 22, 2012 ×

Young Adult (14-18)

YA Favorite: Before I Fall

YA Favorite: Before I Fall

Samantha Kingston thinks she has a pretty perfect life. She and her best friends Lindsay, Ally, and Elody are four of the most popular girls in school and she’s dating the hottest guy around. But when a Friday night spent partying ends in a fatal car wreck, Sam wakes up […]

October 12, 2012 ×