Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fakespeare: Something Stinks in Hamlet Book Review

Fakespeare opens the door to Shakespeare's worlds using his settings and characters in unique ways. Something Stinks in Hamlet, for instance, transports Halley, Kyle, and Kyle's young brother Gabe to Elsinore where the adventure begins. The gang must help Hamlet before they can get back home. Fakespeare: Something Stinks in Hamlet

M.E. Castle (Author)
Daniel Jennewein (Illustrator)
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
Middle Grades, Upper Elementary, Fiction

Publication Date: May 23, 2017


Fakespeare opens the door to Shakespeare's worlds using his settings and characters in unique ways. Something Stinks in Hamlet, for instance, transports Halley, Kyle, and Kyle's young brother Gabe to Elsinore where the adventure begins. The gang must help Hamlet before they can get back home.

If you're looking for a retelling of Hamlet at an upper elementary reading level, this is not it. However, if you're looking for a funny book about being sucked into Hamlet's world with humor for an eight or nine year old, then Fakespeare is just what you need.

If you’re interested in reading Fakespeare: Something Stinks in Hamlet, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Forest Sleeps Book Review

The Forest Sleeps will help your child fall asleep by saying "sleep tight" to a wide range of forest animals. Children who love animals will love seeing where each animal sleeps. A great bedtime read!The Forest Sleeps

Calee M. Lee (Author)
Erin Kenna (Illustrator)
Xist Publishing
Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: March 2, 2017


The Forest Sleeps will help your child fall asleep by saying "sleep tight" to a wide range of forest animals. Children who love animals will love seeing where each animal sleeps. A great bedtime read!

If you’re interested in reading The Forest Sleeps, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Questions Asked Book Review

Questions Asked - An interesting mix of philosophical questions paired with an illustrated journey. Questions Asked asks questions that we don't easily have answers to. It's an engaging book that will spur deep conversation. Make sure you're ready for it.Questions Asked

Jostein Gaarder (Author)
Akin Duzakin (Illustrator)
Elsewhere Editions
Children’s Nonfiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: May 9, 2017



An interesting mix of philosophical questions paired with an illustrated journey. Questions Asked asks questions that we don't easily have answers to. It's an engaging book that will spur deep conversation. Make sure you're ready for it.


If you’re interested in reading Questions Asked, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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My Good Morning Book Review

A funny picture book about a little girl’s morning routines.  She’s up, ready to go, and can do every task herself without any help from her parents! Parents will laugh as they recognize themselves and their children in this story.My Good Morning

Kim Crockett-Corson (author)
Jelena Brezovec (illustrator)
Clavis
Children’s Fiction, Picture Books

Publication Date: May 16, 2017


A funny picture book about a little girl’s morning routines.  She’s up, ready to go, and can do every task herself without any help from her parents! Parents will laugh as they recognize themselves and their children in this story.

If you’re interested in reading My Good Morning, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Only Way I Can Book Review

Rabbit wants to fly off into the sunset just like Bird. Even with Bird’s help though, Rabbit just can’t seem to fly. Makeshift wings and exercises to build up Rabbit’s muscles don’t even seem to work. Will Rabbit ever be able to fly?  The Only Way I Can is a cute story about appreciating our individual strengths.The Only Way I Can

Bonnie Grubman (Author)
Carolien Westermann (Illustrator)
Clavis Books
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: May 16, 2017


Rabbit wants to fly off into the sunset just like Bird. Even with Bird’s help though, Rabbit just can’t seem to fly. Makeshift wings and exercises to build up Rabbit’s muscles don’t even seem to work. Will Rabbit ever be able to fly?

The Only Way I Can is a cute story about appreciating our individual strengths.

If you’re interested in reading The Only Way I Can, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees Book Review

Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees is a great nonfiction resource of firsthand accounts for any unit on refugees or migration of people.Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees

Mary Beth Leatherdale (Author)
Eleanor Shakespeare (Illustrator)
Annick Press
Children’s Nonfiction, Middle Grades

Publication Date: April 11, 2017


Through firsthand accounts, Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees offers a glimpse into the life of five refugees from all over the world. After a brief history of persecution dating back to the 1670s, Stormy Seas starts with Ruth, an 18 year old Jewish refugee from Germany in 1939 and travels with four more refugees through time ending with Mohamed, a 13 year old fleeing a civil war in the Ivory Coast in 2006.

Through the history and personal tales of these children, it is clear that history repeats itself again and again.

Stormy Seas provides invaluable insight into the harrowing experiences refugees face and also into the life and accomplishments that can be had when refugees are given a safe home.

For teachers, Stormy Seas is a great nonfiction resource for any unit on refugees or migration of people.

If you’re interested in reading Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Queen of the Frogs Book Review

The Queen of the Frogs - The frogs have a nice life at the pond filled with flies, hopping, napping, and singing. But one day, when a frog finds a crown, she instantly is pronounced queen. With her advisors, she begins doing what queens do: basking on the largest lily pad and making others catch her flies for her. Life takes on a new, but not necessarily better normal for everyone, and soon other frogs begin to question her legitimacy as queen. The Queen of the Frogs

Davide Cali (author)
Marco Soma (illustrator)
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Children’s Fiction, Picture Books

Publication Date: March 20, 2017


The frogs have a nice life at the pond filled with flies, hopping, napping, and singing. But one day, when a frog finds a crown, she instantly is pronounced queen. With her advisors, she begins doing what queens do: basking on the largest lily pad and making others catch her flies for her. Life takes on a new, but not necessarily better normal for everyone, and soon other frogs begin to question her legitimacy as queen.

A cute story with interesting pictures! The Queen of the Frogs helps you focus on the simple and the good in life.

If you’re interested in reading The Queen of the Frogs, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I Don't Want a Rabbit Book Review

I Don't Want a Rabbit shows how hard it can be to accept a new furry friend after losing a much loved pet.I Don't Want a Rabbit

Ingrid Prins (author)
Jelena Brezovec (illustrator)
Clavis
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: February 14, 2017


Even though his mom and dad think it's a good idea to get a new rabbit, Timothy is simply not ready. He doesn't not want a rabbit! But the next morning, what shows up on the front door? A new rabbit! Despite all his efforts, the new rabbit sneaks into Timothy's house and his heart.

I Don't Want a Rabbit shows how hard it can be to accept a new furry friend after losing a much loved pet.

If you’re interested in reading I Don't Want a Rabbit, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Can You Find My Robot's Arm? Book Review

Can You Find My Robot's Arm? - When a robot loses his arm, the search is on. If the arm can't be found, what can be used as an arm instead? A broom? A leaf? Scissors?Can You Find My Robot's Arm?

Chihiro Takeuchi (Author, Illustrator)
Tundra Books
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: July 4, 2017


When a robot loses his arm, the search is on. If the arm can't be found, what can be used as an arm instead? A broom? A leaf? Scissors?

Can You Find My Robot's Arm? is a simple story with a funny ending. The high contrast, minimalist illustrations drive an otherwise plain story forward.

If you’re interested in reading Can You Find My Robot's Arm?, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Quotes of the Week

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. - Joseph Addison

Friday, February 17, 2017

The List Book Review

The List by Patricia Forde - A powerful middle grades novel about the dangers of limiting language and speech. The List

Patricia Forde
SOURCEBOOKS Jabberwocky
Middle Grades, Fiction, Sci-Fi

Publication Date: August 1, 2017


A powerful middle grades novel about the dangers of limiting language and speech.

Letta is a wordsmith in the city of Ark, a community created after the apocalyptic Melting. As the wordsmith, Letta and her master Benjamin control the List, the 500 words approved for use. While other are constrained to the List, as wordsmiths Letta and Benjamin also help archive all known and found words to ensure they are not used.

While the city of Ark is a safe-haven from the wild forest beyond, some known as the Desecrators aim to destroy it. When Benjamin suddenly dies, Letta is launched into the position of head wordsmith and runs into a plot to suppress the language of Ark even more. Letta must fight to save language and communication as we know it.

If you’re interested in reading The List, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon.  



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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Little Kangaroo Book Review

Separating from your mom can be difficult and Little Kangaroo is all too comfortable in her mother's pouch. That pouch has everything she needs. It's warm. It's safe. It has milk. And try as much as she can, Mother Kangaroo simply cannot get Little Kangaroo out.  Little Kangaroo is a great story about separation anxiety and gently letting go. A fun and helpful read for young kids.Little Kangaroo

Guido van Genechten (Author, Illustrator)
Clavis Books
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: June 13, 2017


Separating from your mom can be difficult and Little Kangaroo is all too comfortable in her mother's pouch. That pouch has everything she needs. It's warm. It's safe. It has milk. And try as much as she can, Mother Kangaroo simply cannot get Little Kangaroo out.

Little Kangaroo is a great story about separation anxiety and gently letting go. A fun and helpful read for young kids.

If you’re interested in reading Little Kangaroo, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

There, There Book Review

There, There - Rabbit is a whiner! And even understanding, supportive friends like Bear eventually get fed up with all that complaining. Using an earthworm as an example, Bear helps Rabbit see how good Rabbit's life is in comparison to the little earthworm's life.There, There

Tim Beiser
Bill Slavin
Tundra Books
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: June 6, 2017


Rabbit is a whiner! And even understanding, supportive friends like Bear eventually get fed up with all that complaining. Using an earthworm as an example, Bear helps Rabbit see how good Rabbit's life is in comparison to the little earthworm's life.

Written in verse the pace, pictures, and humor of There, There will make it an instant favorite for kids and adults alike.

If you’re interested in reading There, There, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Wade's Wiggly Antlers Book Review

Wade's Wiggly Antlers is a fun allegory for losing your first tooth. Kids will love hearing about Wade's antlers wiggling, especially when they have a wiggly tooth or two of their own.Wade's Wiggly Antlers

Louise Bradford
Christine Battuz
Kids Can Press
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: May 2, 2017



Wade the moose loves playing with his friends, but one winter morning Wade notices that his antlers are loose. Change can be hard, and although all moose lose their antlers every year, this first time is hard for Wade. He doesn't want to let them go, so he sits on the sidelines and doesn't play with his friends for fear of this antlers falling off. Not playing with friends gets boring quickly. How can Wade keep his antlers and still have fun? Or is it finally time to say goodbye to them?

Wade's Wiggly Antlers is a fun allegory for losing your first tooth. Christine Battuz's illustrations pair perfectly with Wade's humor-filled dilemma. Kids will love hearing about Wade's antlers wiggling, especially when they have a wiggly tooth or two of their own.

If you’re interested in reading Wade's Wiggly Antlers, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

  

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Fog Book Review

The Fog is a story of environmental awareness and friendship wrapped in soft, misty illustrations.The Fog

Kyo Maclear (Author)
Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
Tundra Books
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: May 16, 2017


A small yellow warbler is a people-watcher. Living on a far north island covered in ice, Warbler gets to observer the many visitors to the special island. In his study, Warbler notices a heavy fog roll into the island. It settles and blocks his view. Try as he might, Warble can't make the fog go away. When he asks other birds about the fog, no one seems to notice it. Warble even begins to doubt himself: has this fog always been here?

One day, Warble spots a speck in the distance - a human! A lost human! Warble and the girl become friends and a miracle happens. The girl notices the fog too! Together they devise a plan to find out if others see the fog too.

The Fog is a story of environmental awareness and friendship wrapped in soft, misty illustrations.

If you’re interested in reading The Fog, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Quote of the Week

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. -Frederick Dougass

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Animals Do, Too! Book Review

Animals Do, Too! introduces kids to how wild animals and humans are alike. We dance, grow food, play tag, and blow bubbles. And guess what? Animals do too! The picture book also explains how, in the animal world, these activities serve other purposes too like practicing evading predators or creating a nest for their eggs.Animals Do, Too! How They Behave Just Like You

Etta Kaner (Author)
Marilyn Faucher (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press
Children’s Nonfiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: May 2, 2017


Animals Do, Too! introduces kids to how wild animals and humans are alike. We dance, grow food, play tag, and blow bubbles. And guess what? Animals do too! The picture book also explains how, in the animal world, these activities serve other purposes too like practicing evading predators or creating a nest for their eggs.

Animal lovers will appreciate learning about these human-animal world connections.

If you’re interested in reading Animals Do, Too!, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon



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The Thing Lou Couldn't Do Book Review

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do is a great book to introduce the ideas of grit and resilience. There are things in life that we can't do, but how can we do them unless we try? And guess what? Sometimes, even when we've worked hard, we won't get it the first time. We may need to try again.The Thing Lou Couldn't Do

Ashley Spires (Author, Illustrator)
Kids Can Press
Children’s Fiction, Picture Books

Publication Date: May 2, 2017


Lou and her friends love adventure! Building fortresses, rescuing wild animals, being race car drivers, or being a deep sea diver - it's what they do. But when a pirate adventure needs a ship, and their ship is up in a tree, Lou knows she'll have to sit this one out. She's never climbed a tree before and she doesn't think she can. She avoids the ship, she makes excuses, and she comes up with SO MANY REASONS not to try. Lou simply cannot climb that tree.

Her friends, however, finally give her the oomph she needs to try and climb. And as Lou grabs on and starts to climb, she struggles and she pulls herself and... she doesn't make it. But that's okay. As she and her friends run off to play a new game, she knows she'll try to climb that tree again.

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do is a great book to introduce the ideas of grit and resilience. There are things in life that we can't do, but how can we do them unless we try? And guess what? Sometimes, even when we've worked hard, we won't get it the first time. We may need to try again. The Thing Lou Couldn't Do is a great conversation starter for kids!

If you’re interested in reading The Thing Lou Couldn't Do, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon 



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Spork Book Review

Spork is a great picture book for teaching about how differences can be strengths. While you might not feel like you fit into any one group, especially if you're bi-cutlery like Spork, you do have a place and a purpose. A great conversation starter for kids!Spork

Kyo Maclear (Author)
Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: September 1, 2010


Spork has a hard time fitting in. He isn't quite a spoon, he isn't quite a fork, and he never seems to get picked for meals. Even when he tries to hide who is to fit in, he always seems to still be different and people notice. But one day, a new messy thing arrives. It can't handle a spoon or a fork. It needs something different, and it's Spork's time to shine!

Spork is a great picture book for teaching about how differences can be strengths. While you might not feel like you fit into any one group, especially if you're bi-cutlery like Spork, you do have a place and a purpose. A great conversation starter for kids!

If you’re interested in reading Spork, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon



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Monday, January 2, 2017

When Dreams Come True Book Review

When Dreams Come True is a British coming-of-age novel about Charlie (Charlotte) who would rather be biking or palling around with her three best friends Toby, Max, and Allie. But as the new school year starts, her friends, especially Allie, seem to be more interested in the opposite sex.When Dreams Come True

Rebecca Emin
Gingersnap Books
Fiction, Middle Grades, Young Adult

Publication Date: February 3, 2016


When Dreams Come True is a British coming-of-age novel about Charlie (Charlotte) who would rather be biking or palling around with her three best friends Toby, Max, and Allie. But as the new school year starts, her friends, especially Allie, seem to be more interested in the opposite sex. While Charlie doesn't understand this sudden change, she finds herself having some of the same feelings.

When her aunt becomes suddenly ill, Charlie ends up missing school as her parents take care of her aunt, but she's still able to catch up with her friends when they come to visit on the weekend.

Led by teenage emotions and coming-of-age confusions, When Dreams Come True is a good read for someone who wants a book that focuses on crushes and first kisses. Other parts of the plot, like Aunt Jenny's illness and some family drama, are not as well developed.

If you’re interested in reading When Dreams Come True, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon




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