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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 ×

Picture Books

Pancakes for Breakfast

Pancakes for Breakfast

“A little old lady’s attempts to have pancakes for breakfast are hindered by a scarcity of supplies and participation of her pets.” Tomie dePaola’s Pancakes for Breakfast (©1978) was one of my favorite books when I was in preschool. I “read” this wordless picture book over and over again, and […]

October 10, 2012 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

Modern Classic: Coraline

Modern Classic: Coraline

Left to her own devices by her preoccupied parents, Coraline Jones is exploring her family’s new home when she discovers a small door that opens onto a brick wall. Later, when she returns to the mysterious door, the bricks have vanished. Coraline crawls through the narrow passage and ends up […]

September 25, 2012 ×

Picture Books

A Friend for All Seasons

A Friend for All Seasons

Today is the official first day of autumn! There are so many books that celebrate this beautiful time of year, but my favorite is A Friend for All Seasons(©2006) by Julia Huberry and Mei Matsuoka. The star of this charming story is young Robbie Raccoon, who lives with his mother […]

September 21, 2012 ×

Picture Books

Fun Facts and Tasty Snacks

Fun Facts and Tasty Snacks

The Popcorn Book (©1978) by Tomie dePaola was one of my childhood favorites. The story begins when twins Tony and Tiny get a hankering for some popcorn and head to the kitchen. While Tony gets cooking, his brother does some reading on the subject. Tiny and Tony read and learn […]

September 17, 2012 ×

Picture Books

Not Your Average Princess

Not Your Average Princess

Princess Elizabeth had it all: a castle, fancy clothes, and a handsome fiancé named Prince Ronald. When a fire-breathing dragon smashes her castle and kidnaps the prince, Elizabeth decides to go and rescue him. With all of her clothes burned to ash, the princess is forced to wear a paper […]

September 14, 2012 ×