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Picture Books

The Birds of Bethlehem

The Birds of Bethlehem

Looking for something new to read this Christmas? The Birds of Bethlehem (©2012) by Tomie dePaola is a fresh and creative take on the nativity story. Early one morning, the birds of the town of Bethlehem gather together to share some extraordinary news. From their unique perspective, the birds have […]

December 11, 2012 ×

Picture Books

A Family Hanukkah Book

A Family Hanukkah Book

Today I’m excited to share a lovely Hanukkah-themed picture book, Eight Winter Nights: A Family Hanukkah Book (©2010) written by Laura Krauss Melmed and illustrated by Elisabeth Schlossberg. Eight Winter Nights is a collection of short, festive poems about Hanukkah. The poems tell the story of one family’s Hanukkah celebration. […]

December 10, 2012 ×

Young Adult (14-18)

Born Wicked is Wicked Good

Born Wicked is Wicked Good

“Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship – […]

December 6, 2012 ×

Board Books, Picture Books

Dancing to a Different Beat

Dancing to a Different Beat

Giraffes Can’t Dance (©1999) written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees tells the tale of Gerald the giraffe. Gerald is quite tall and extremely awkward. When the annual Jungle Dance rolls around, Gerald is nervous. Everyone knows Giraffes can’t dance! Everything about this book is so inviting. The […]

November 29, 2012 ×

Picture Books

Three Cheers For Old Clothes!

Three Cheers For Old Clothes!

I Like Old Clothes (text copyright ©1976) by Mary Ann Hoberman is a celebration of secondhand and hand-me-down clothes. In a poetic style that is fun to read aloud, a little girl explains why she loves to wear old clothes. With a positive attitude that you can’t help but love, […]

November 26, 2012 ×

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 ×