August and September 2018 Round-Up


Check out my reviews for the month of August and September! You can find links to all of these reviews in the Index!

Let me know in the comments below what books you want me to review next!

June 2018 Round-Up



Check out my reviews for the month of June! You can find links to all of these reviews in the Index!

Let me know in the comments below what books you want me to review next!

March 2018 Round-Up

Easter Round-Up

Check out my reviews for the month of March! You can find links to all of these reviews in the Index!

Let me know in the comments below what books you want me to review next!

Round-Up: Easter Basket 2018

easter-round-up.jpgEaster Basket Round-up:

Looking for something other than the sweet stuff to fill a basket for Easter? The following six new books make excellent gifts for young readers.

I recently reviewed the book Somebunny Loves Me by Parry Gripp. With the cute and cuddly baby bunny on the front cover, this book is a great, seasonally-appropriate choice.

Another recent review was Pink Is for Boys (Robb Pearlman, Eda Kaban). The cover is brightly colored and would look good nestled in the Easter grass, but more important is the empowering message of the book.

For dog lovers on your gift list, check out It’s a Puppy’s Life by Seth Casteel, offered by National Geographic Kids. It is filled with all breeds of adorable puppies. It could be just the right book for families welcoming a new puppy.

There are lots of Paw Patrol fans out there! Rescue Time is a new book with two stories: “Pups Save a Tooth” (a loose tooth comes out in a carrot which is then misplaced and must be found in order for the Tooth Fairy to make a visit) and “Pups Save the Songbirds” (the Paw Patrol helps keep eggs warm for missing mommy songbirds). This book also contains another gift: a really cool projector. Recipients can project an image on the wall. The story contains prompts for when it is time to change to a new image.

If it is a board book you are looking for, be sure to include You’re My Little Cuddle Bug by Nicola Edwards and illustrated by Natalie Marshall. It is tactile and colorful. Its message is loving and warm. After reading together, you and baby will certainly want to be cuddle bugs together.

And lastly, a hint for an upcoming review: Anna and Johanna: A Children’s Book Inspired by Jan Vermeer by Géraldine Elschner and Florence Koenig would make a wonderful gift. Look for more details on this book soon!


*Note: I received these books for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.



February 2018 Round-Up

Check out my reviews for the month of February! You can find links to all of these reviews in the Index!

Let me know in the comments below what books you want me to review next!

May 2017 Round Up

Check out my reviews for the month of May! You can find links to all of these reviews in the Index!

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December Grab Bag

As we head toward the change of seasons, I thought I’d put together a grab bag with snow as the theme. There are lots of excellent choices out there, so this list is in no way complete. It’s just enough to get you started. Many of these books are classics; all of them are just waiting for us to snuggle up with our children on a cold winter day (or night) for a cozy reading session.


Katy and the Big Snow

Author: Virginia Lee Burton



Author: John Rocco


First Snow

Author: Peter McCarty



Author: Uri Shulevitz


The Mitten

Author: Jan Brett


Cold Snap

Author: Eileen Spinelli


Twelve Kinds of Ice

Author: Ellen Bryan Obed


Bear and Hare: Snow!

Author: Emily Gravett


First Snow in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy

Author: Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick


The Snowy Day

Author: Ezra Jack Keats


Too Many Mittens

Author: Florence and Louis Slobodkin


The Runaway Giant

Author: Adelaide Holl


The First Snowfall

Author: Anne and Harlow Rockwell


Snowflake Bentley

Author: Jacqueline Biggs Martin


The great thing about these winter books is that they can be followed up with so many fun activities. It could be something as simple as sharing a mug of hot chocolate together. You might want to make some paper snowflakes. Or during a snowfall, go out and catch a few snowflakes on your tongue! Better yet, be prepared with some black felt glued onto cardboard. You can catch snowflakes on the board and look at them through a magnifying glass – a very simplistic version of Snowflake Bentley.


November Grab Bag

This weekend we change the clocks – and hopefully we all remember to change the batteries in our smoke alarms, as well. Although fire safety week was actually earlier this month, I don’t feel it’s too late to review safety policies. So, my first three selections are fire safety picks.

Also, as the weather turns cooler it is the perfect time to change gears – and head outdoors. Didn’t expect that? Well, I am really happy that my school is encouraging families to go hiking together. We have begun offering “Family Hiking Backpacks” which include binoculars with a compass, magnifiers, field guides, a book on hiking with children and safety suggestions. These backpacks can be loaned from our library for a one week time period. I hope other libraries follow suit.

I’m Brave!

Author: Kate and Jim McMullan

Publisher: Scholastic, Inc., 1st printing October 2015

Fire Engine Man

Author: Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha

Publisher: Scholastic, Inc., first printing October 2014

City Firefighters

Author: Meish Goldish

Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, 2014

The Dandelion Seed

Author: Joseph Anthony

Illustrator: Cris Arbo

Publisher: DAWN Publishers, 1997

Flight School

Author: Lita Judge

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, trademark of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2014

Muddy Boots: Outdoor Activities for Children

Author: Liza Gardner Walsh

Publisher: Down East Books, 2015


October Grab Bag

For this month’s grab bag, I’m listing some of the most commonly banned books. There are plenty of lists available, and this one is by no means complete. It is not presented in any particular order, nor am I giving the reasons they are controversial. However, here are a couple of links that go further into the matter:

And Tango Makes Three

Author: Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexis


Author: Majurie Safrapi

The Kite Runner

Author: Khaled Hosseini

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky


Author: Raina Telgemeier

Captain Underpants

Author: Dav Pilkey


Author: Jeff Smith

Harry Potter series

J.K. Rowling

Slaughterhouse Five

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck

The Color Purple

Author: Alice Walker

The Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding

Bridge to Terebithia

Author: Katherine Paterson

To Kill a Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee

The Catcher in the Rye

Author: J.D. Salinger

The Bluest Eye

Author: Toni Morrison

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Author: Mark Twain


September Grab Bag

Hi everyone,

It’s finally upon us – the end of the summer and the beginning of the new school year is here.  So to start off the school year right, our grab bag this month includes a few “back-to-school” reading selections.

My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)

By Peter Brown

Publisher: Little, Brown and Co., 2014

It’s a miracle – teachers are real people, too!

Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand

By Audrey Penn

Publisher: Tanglewood Press, Inc., 1993

A classic, comforting story for dealing with those first-day-of-school fears

Oliver and his Alligator

By Paul Schmid

Publisher: Disney Hyperion Press, 2013

A funny story sure to help even the most timid reader swallow their school-worries


David Goes to School

By David Shannon

Publisher: Blue Sky Press, 1999

A humorous story of the familiar character from Shannon’s earlier book, No, David!


I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson’s Blackboard

By Jennifer K. Mann

Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2015

Here’s a chance to recognize the creative students in your classroom!


And check out our earlier review of a perfect first-day-of-school book:

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly School Bus

Author: Barbara Parks

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books, 1992

These are just a few great books to share for the start of the new school year!  What others would you suggest?