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Chapter Books

American Girl

American Girl

For more than 25 years, the American Girl series of books has accomplished what many other books have tried – and failed – to do, combining rich historical lessons with tales of courage, kindness, and selflessness in a format that is incredibly fun to read. I read and loved many […]

August 15, 2012 ×

Picture Books

Pete the Cat Keeps His Cool

Pete the Cat Keeps His Cool

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean is the tale of a self-assured, cool cat named Pete who walks down the street in his brand-new white shoes. As he walks, Pete sings, “I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes, I […]

August 14, 2012 ×

Young Adult (14-18)

YA Favorite: The Fault in Our Stars

YA Favorite: The Fault in Our Stars

Sixteen-year-old Hazel Lancaster has cancer, and she’s never been considered anything other than terminal. Hazel is living on borrowed time, owing to a “miracle” drug that slows tumor growth. Concerned that she is depressed, Hazel’s mother insists that she attend a weekly Cancer Kid Support Group. (Though depression, Hazel states, […]

August 9, 2012 ×

Recipes

Baking Cookies Made Easy (And Kid-Friendly!)

Baking Cookies Made Easy (And Kid-Friendly!)

I love to bake, and I’m well known among family and friends as being an avid scratch baker. I do, however, make an exception for one thing: peanut butter cookies. I still make my peanut butter cookies the way my mother taught me when I was five years old; I […]

August 8, 2012 ×

Picture Books

A Cake, a Cold, and a Cup of Sugar

A Cake, a Cold, and a Cup of Sugar

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (©1989) is another hilarious parody from author Jon Scieszka and illustrator Lane Smith. In this amusing retelling, readers will hear the wolf’s side of the story. When Alexander T. Wolf goes calling on his neighbors to borrow a cup of sugar (for […]

August 3, 2012 ×

Picture Books

Feely Bugs!

Feely Bugs!

Feely Bugs (©1995) by David A. Carter is so much more than an ordinary children’s book. It is a complete sensory learning experience. Feely Bugs is a rhyming poem, with a new bug to touch and feel on each page. Kids and parents will love matching the words with the […]

August 1, 2012 ×

Crafts

May The Crafts Be With You

May The Crafts Be With You

The Star Wars Craft Book by Bonnie Burton features over 40 fun and inexpensive crafts, making this book a perfect gift for a Star Wars fan or an avid crafter. If, like me, you’re both, then you will love creating awesome crafts like the AT-AT Herb Garden, the Yoda Finger […]

July 29, 2012 ×

Movies

Ten Fantastic Films Based on Children’s Books

Ten Fantastic Films Based on Children’s Books

Looking for a movie that the whole family can enjoy? Here are ten of my favorite films based on children’s books. The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)            When Jared Grace, his twin brother, Simon, and older sister, Mallory, move with their mother to the dilapidated Spiderwick Estate, Jared discovers an old book […]

July 25, 2012 ×

Young Adult (14-18)

YA Favorite: Thirteen Reasons Why

YA Favorite: Thirteen Reasons Why

Have you ever had a book keep you up all night? A book that was so gripping that you just couldn’t bear to put it down? That happened to me, and the book was Thirteen Reasons Why (©2009) by Jay Asher. Teen Clay Jensen comes home from school to find […]

July 23, 2012 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

Modern Classic: Number the Stars

Modern Classic: Number the Stars

Newberry Medal winner Number the Stars (©1989) by Lois Lowry tells a story that centers on Annemarie Johansen, a ten-year-old living in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1943.  Denmark is under Nazi occupation, and Annemarie and her Jewish best friend, Ellen Rosen, have spent the past three years with the constant intimidation […]

July 19, 2012 ×