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Middle Grade (9-13)

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (©2015) by Alexandra Bracken is the first in a series of new Star Wars novels written specifically for young readers. The book is a retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope with a twist: it is told from the perspective of all […]

February 4, 2016 ×

Picture Books

5 Unique Picture Books to Read This Valentine’s Day

5 Unique Picture Books to Read This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day was one of my favorite holidays as a child. I loved making cards for all my friends and classmates and seeing how many I got in return, not to mention eating candy and treats in school! These out-of-the-box picture books represent themes like love, kindness, generosity, and friendship. […]

January 28, 2016 ×

Picture Books

Great American Women: Picture Book Biographies

Great American Women: Picture Book Biographies

Picture books are a fantastic way to take a history lesson from mundane to exciting. Today I’m pleased to share 12 picture book biographies that feature great women from American history. The achievements of these women changed history, and their stories are captivating and diverse. I created this list in […]

January 11, 2016 ×

Board Books

Our Favorite Christmas Board Books

Our Favorite Christmas Board Books

It’s almost Christmas! Books are one of the best ways to share this special time of year with the littlest members of your family. Today I’ll be sharing a list of my toddler’s all-time favorite board books about Christmas. I encourage you to share these books with a baby or […]

December 10, 2015 ×

Everything Else

Guest Post: Book-Inspired Gifts for Kids

Guest Post: Book-Inspired Gifts for Kids

Hello everybody, I’m Stef from Non Toy Gifts and I’ll be sharing a few great book-inspired gift ideas – just in time for Christmas. My son opened one gift after another and nothing put a smile on his face. He was disappointed and I was heartbroken. I had come up […]

December 3, 2015 ×

Early Readers

Thanksgiving Early Readers

Thanksgiving Early Readers

I love Thanksgiving! I mean, what’s not to love? Here are eight of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed early readers. I’ve included suggested grade levels for each book, but feel free to use your judgement. These books also make excellent read-alouds for the whole family! Silly Tilly’s Thanksgiving Dinner Tilly is hosting […]

November 10, 2015 ×

Picture Books

A Fine Dessert

A Fine Dessert

A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat (©2015) is a picture book written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. This charming book follows four different families, each a century apart, as they prepare blackberry fool, a simple dessert made from crushed blackberries, sugar, and whipped […]

November 5, 2015 ×

Picture Books

Picture Books about Thanksgiving

Picture Books about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, so creating this book list was so much fun! These picture books are full of everything there is to love about this season: family, tradition, and gratitude. For this list I’ve decided to forgo the traditional “first Thanksgiving” stories, so you won’t find […]

November 2, 2015 ×

Picture Books

Picture Books about Mermaids

Picture Books about Mermaids

Know a kid who’s crazy about mermaids? Then this is the list for you! Today I’m sharing five fantastic mermaid-themed children’s books that the whole family will love. The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell Every one of King Neptune’s daughters has a special talent, except for young Minnow. […]

October 19, 2015 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

Spooky Middle Grade Reads

Spooky Middle Grade Reads

With Halloween only a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to curl up with a scary story on a dark, stormy night. I’ve put together a list of my favorite spooky middle-grade novels, perfect for older children and teens! From ghosts and witches to haunted houses and alternate […]

October 12, 2015 ×