‘The Good Daughter’ by Karin Slaughter Is a Stay-Up-All-Night Read

Reading "The Good Daughter" by Karin Slaughter is like finding a nugget of gold after slogging through acres of mud. It's that good. Slaughter's narrative grabs the reader from the first few pages. The story revolves around two sisters, Charlotte and Samantha (Charlie and Sam). Almost immediately, the reader learns about the horrible tragedy that … Continue reading ‘The Good Daughter’ by Karin Slaughter Is a Stay-Up-All-Night Read

Picture Books Perfect for Pupils Preparing for Perfectly Pleasant Reading

It's back to school time, and for parents and teachers who want to inspire a love of reading, there are some fabulous new picture books for children of every interest and age. "Simpson's Sheep Just Want to Sleep" by Bruce Arant is a fine picture book about animals as well as animal and human behaviors. … Continue reading Picture Books Perfect for Pupils Preparing for Perfectly Pleasant Reading

‘Rosie & Crayon’ Is a Beautiful Picture Book About Love and Loss

With "Rosie & Crayon," author Deborah Marcero combines beautiful and colorful language and illustrations to create a story about a girl and the dog she loved and what happened when her beloved dog died. Rosie loved Crayon and Crayon "colored Rosie's world with tickled greens and fluttering yellows. From season to season and day to … Continue reading ‘Rosie & Crayon’ Is a Beautiful Picture Book About Love and Loss

‘Heartwood Hotel’ A Perfect Series for Young Chapter Book Readers

"Heartwood Hotel: A True Home" and "Heartwood Hotel: The Greatest Gift" by Kallie George is the start of a series that young chapter book readers will love. Especially if they love animals. In the first book, Mona, the young orphan mouse protagonist, falls into an adventure. After losing her home in a storm, she explores … Continue reading ‘Heartwood Hotel’ A Perfect Series for Young Chapter Book Readers

‘Inside Animal Hearts and Minds’ by Belinda Recio Is About Animal Intelligence, Emotion, and Humanity

"Inside Animal Hearts and Minds: Bears that Count, Goats that Surf, and Other True Stories of Animal Intelligence and Emotion" by Belinda Recio is a wonderful read filled with lovely photos of animals and information about how animals have many, many abilities of which most humans are unaware. Part One is about the heart. She … Continue reading ‘Inside Animal Hearts and Minds’ by Belinda Recio Is About Animal Intelligence, Emotion, and Humanity

Back-to-School Picture Books for Young Readers

Whether entering school for the first time and starting kindergarten or just going back for another school year, emotions can be mixed. A clever group of picture books explores those feelings, and one even shares ideas for the perfect class pet. Two books share a theme of children reluctant to go to school. In "Super … Continue reading Back-to-School Picture Books for Young Readers

‘Chester and Gus’ by Cammie McGovern is the Quintessential Book about a Boy and his Dog — Perfectly Beautiful

Cammie McGovern knows a lot about autistic children. As she explains in the Author's Note, she has an autistic son. She also knows a lot about children and their dogs. She had a dog, Buddy, who was her son's companion. Although Buddy wasn't a trained service dog, he and her son had a special connection, … Continue reading ‘Chester and Gus’ by Cammie McGovern is the Quintessential Book about a Boy and his Dog — Perfectly Beautiful

Sea Creatures, Outer Space, and a Percy Jackson Coloring Book All Perfect for Last Days of Summer

Are the kids getting antsy about going back to school? Get them a drawing or coloring book to keep them busy while you and they get ready. "Draw 50 Sea Creatures" by Lee J. Ames gives instructions for artists-in-training on how to sketch animals found in water, including crabs, clownfish, lionfish, sharks, salmon, oysters and … Continue reading Sea Creatures, Outer Space, and a Percy Jackson Coloring Book All Perfect for Last Days of Summer

‘The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals’

  With "The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals" by Joel Sartore, National Geographic has created an album of incredibly beautiful -- stunning, actually -- photos of animals, many of which are critically endangered. But it's not just a compendium of animal photographs. This book goes much further. Each page and … Continue reading ‘The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals’

Some Great Nonfiction Picture Books Perfect for Getting Kids Ready to Start the School Year

Who doesn't love elephants? After reading "How to Be an Elephant" by Katherine Roy, kids (and adults) will love elephants even more. The book is beautifully illustrated with watercolor scenes and filled with interesting information about elephants from birth on. The first page of information is "Family Matters," and Roy explains that African elephants are … Continue reading Some Great Nonfiction Picture Books Perfect for Getting Kids Ready to Start the School Year

‘Collared’ Is Another Masterpiece of Mystery and Mayhem in the ‘Andy Carpenter’ series by David Rosenfelt

Reading the "Andy Carpenter" series by David Rosenfelt is dangerous.  The books should come with warnings: "Read with Caution, Extremely Addicting." The latest book in the series, "Collared," is no exception. In this case, Carpenter must uncover the mystery of what happened to an abducted baby. It all starts with a dog -- of course. … Continue reading ‘Collared’ Is Another Masterpiece of Mystery and Mayhem in the ‘Andy Carpenter’ series by David Rosenfelt

‘Picasso Loves Shapes’ Is a Picture Book for Young Children about Shapes and Art and Picasso

"Picasso Loves Shapes" by Judiee is a great picture book to use to teach children about shapes and all the wonderful things that can be done with shapes. The book is written and illustrated with simple text and simple line illustrations. When the shapes are introduced at the beginning, with brightly colored squares, triangles, trapezoids … Continue reading ‘Picasso Loves Shapes’ Is a Picture Book for Young Children about Shapes and Art and Picasso