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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 ×

Board Books, Picture Books

Books for Little Boys

Books for Little Boys

Back in June, my friend Melissa gave birth to beautiful baby boy named Connor. Baby Connor has a three-year-old sister, but because I think that Connor deserves a little library all his own, I decided to find some great titles (written for kids 5 and under) perfect for any little […]

September 11, 2012 ×

Young Adult (14-18)

YA Favorite: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

YA Favorite: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

One chilly Chicago night, Will Grayson meets the last person he expected to meet: Will Grayson. These two teens may have the same name, but their similarities seemingly end there. Will Grayson Number One lives with a steadfast desire to stay under the radar. This is a constantly difficult task […]

September 6, 2012 ×

Picture Books

Press Here and Turn the Page

Press Here and Turn the Page

Press Here (©2010) by Hervé Tullet is no ordinary picture book. The first page contains one yellow dot and instructions to press it. The rest of the book continues in a similar manner. Follow the directions. Turn the page. Be delighted. The magic of Press Here is its utter simplicity. […]

September 4, 2012 ×

Young Adult (14-18)

YA Favorite: Stargirl

YA Favorite: Stargirl

Stargirl (©2000) is a young adult novel by Jerry Spinelli, author of the Newberry Medal winner Maniac Magee. Leo Borlock, a junior at Mica High School, narrates the story. Conformity reigns supreme at Mica High, a place where the popular kids gain their popularity from being utterly ordinary. “[Wayne Parr] […]

August 23, 2012 ×

Chapter Books

Action! Thrills! Laffs!

Action! Thrills! Laffs!

I got my first copy of The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey at a Scholastic book fair in the winter of 1997 when I was about to turn 10. I was completely drawn in after the first few pages and begged my mother to buy it for me. […]

August 20, 2012 ×