Book Three in ‘The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze’ by Rick Riordan

Every book in "The Trials of Apollo," the ongoing series by brilliant writer Rick Riordan, seems better than the last. "The Trials of Apollo" differs from the other Riordan demigod adventure series that have captivated middle grade, young adult, and adult readers since the first one, "The Lightning Thief." What sets this series apart is … Continue reading Book Three in ‘The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze’ by Rick Riordan

‘Endling: The Last’ by the One and Only Katherine Applegate

"Endling: The Last" by Katherine Applegate has a title that contains an oxymoron: it's the first book in a series about the last creature of its species. But the book is so much more than a story about extinction and the last creature of a species. It's a story that is compelling, brutally honest, touching, … Continue reading ‘Endling: The Last’ by the One and Only Katherine Applegate

‘Surface Tension’ by Mike Mullin Is that Book You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

I've realized how to know when I'm reading a book I'm just not that into. When I find myself playing Words With Friends for 30 minutes instead of reading, I know that the book I'm reading has just not enthralled me. That's how I knew that I was loving "Surface Tension" by Mike Mullin; I … Continue reading ‘Surface Tension’ by Mike Mullin Is that Book You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

‘Drawn Together’ by Minh Lê and Dan Santat Is a Picture Book About the Power of Art (and Love) to Break Barriers

"Drawn Together" by Minh Lê and Dan Santat is a truly touching, beautifully written and brilliantly illustrated picture book about bridging the gap that language and generations can cause. The story is simple; the presentation is not. The first three pages of the story have no text, but none is needed. A boy visits his … Continue reading ‘Drawn Together’ by Minh Lê and Dan Santat Is a Picture Book About the Power of Art (and Love) to Break Barriers

6 Picture Books that Will Encourage Thought, Compassion, and Discussion about Diversity

Summer is a time of leisure, and a time when long sun-filled days might just give parents more time to read and reflect on books with their children. Here are many picture books that kids will love, and parents will love to discuss with those kids. They would be great choices for library read aloud … Continue reading 6 Picture Books that Will Encourage Thought, Compassion, and Discussion about Diversity

‘Pet this Book’ and ‘Play this Book’ Are Sure to be Summer Favorites for Young Readers

"Pet this Book" and "Play this Book," two books by Jessica Young and Daniel Wiseman, are sure to quickly become favorites for younger readers (or nonreaders). The subject matters, pets and instruments, are things children instinctively love. "Play this Book" starts with an invitation to help with a show. And the first instrument the child … Continue reading ‘Pet this Book’ and ‘Play this Book’ Are Sure to be Summer Favorites for Young Readers

7 Cute and Humorous Picture Books for Summer Reading Fun

It's summer and time for fun and games. Keep your kids reading and loving books with this selection of stories that will also keep them laughing and asking for repeated readings. "The Itchy Book" by LeUyen Pham will teach tender readers the importance of looking for clues. When a dinosaur notices a sleeping turtle in … Continue reading 7 Cute and Humorous Picture Books for Summer Reading Fun

‘Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind’

A beautifully written, touching picture book about a shameful period of American history is "Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind" by Cynthia Grady and illustrated by Amiko Hirao. The book includes pictures from that time of children wearing identification tags and families with their belongings (they were … Continue reading ‘Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind’

‘The Rose Legacy’ by Jessica Day George Is a New Fantasy Series by Fabulous Middle Grade Author

Who hasn't wanted to be able to communicate with animals? In "The Rose Legacy," Anthea, the main character, can communicate with horses. Of course, she doesn't find this out until she goes to live with an uncle in the north and learns that he breeds horses, animals that were thought to have died out long … Continue reading ‘The Rose Legacy’ by Jessica Day George Is a New Fantasy Series by Fabulous Middle Grade Author

‘Then She Was Gone’ by Lisa Jewell Is a Dark and Emotional Suspense

In "Then She Was Gone," author Lisa Jewell takes readers on a dark ride into the minds of some pretty crazy people. Laurel Mack is the mother of three children, one of whom disappeared -- into thin air -- one afternoon on the way to the library. That was ten years ago. Now Laurel's life … Continue reading ‘Then She Was Gone’ by Lisa Jewell Is a Dark and Emotional Suspense

5 Picture Perfect Books for Bedtime Procrastinators

Know a youngster who doesn't want to go to bed at a reasonable hour? Maybe the little procrastinator just needs the right bedtime read to make those eyelids close. Some perfect picture books guaranteed to cause slumber are out just in time for summer and those long daylight-filled evenings. "Don't Blink" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal … Continue reading 5 Picture Perfect Books for Bedtime Procrastinators