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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 ×

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 his […]

August 3, 2012 ×