Six Picture Books for Older Kids: Books to Think About

Picture books aren't just for babies. There are many thoughtful, informational picture books that are wonderful reads for children of all ages. Here are just a few. "God Bless America: The Story of an Immigrant Named Irving Berlin" is a very timely nonfiction picture book by Adah Nuchi and illustrated by Rob Polivka. The author … Continue reading Six Picture Books for Older Kids: Books to Think About

Middle Grade Novel ‘Strays Like Us’ Lovely Story About Child and Dog in Need of Help

"Strays Like Us" by Cecilia Galante is an often heart-wrenching story of a child and a dog, both in need. Fred, short for Winifred, lived with her mother who had an addiction problem. Although her mother managed to keep a job at a drug store, her behavior and financial problems meant Fred's life was never … Continue reading Middle Grade Novel ‘Strays Like Us’ Lovely Story About Child and Dog in Need of Help

‘The Final Six’ by Alexandra Monir Is a Too-Possibly-True to Miss Reading Dystopian Novel

The world Alexandra Monir creates in "The Final Six" is one that is all too believable. Climate change has caused the sea levels to rise, and tsunamis have devastated coastal cities. Rome is underwater and people live on the top floors of tall buildings. Whole populations in large cities have drowned when tsunamis rushed in … Continue reading ‘The Final Six’ by Alexandra Monir Is a Too-Possibly-True to Miss Reading Dystopian Novel

‘Lifel1k3’ (Lifelike) by Jay Kristoff is the First Book in a YA Dystopia Series

With "Lifel1k3," author Jay Kristoff takes readers on a wild ride in a bleak (so very bleak!) dystopian future where atomic bombs have destroyed much of the Yousay (USA, get it?) and California has become a barren island because of a huge earthquake. The ocean is filled with plastic and other garbage, and animals and … Continue reading ‘Lifel1k3’ (Lifelike) by Jay Kristoff is the First Book in a YA Dystopia Series

‘Jurassic World: The Evolution of Claire’ by Tess Sharpe: Perfect for Sci-fi and Adventure Fans

"Jurassic World: The Evolution of Claire" by Tess Sharpe is a prequel to the story of the two most recent "Jurassic World" movies. In this book, seasoned author Sharpe creates the story of how Claire Dearing, who becomes the park's operations manager, first gets involved in the Jurassic world. Dearing is in college when she … Continue reading ‘Jurassic World: The Evolution of Claire’ by Tess Sharpe: Perfect for Sci-fi and Adventure Fans

‘Not If I Save You First’ by Ally Carter Perfect Light Adventure for YA Reader

"Not If I Save You First" is a stand-alone novel by seasoned author Ally Carter. This novel is a quick read, due in large part to the engaging main character and the action-filled plot. Maddie and Logan were best friends when they were ten. His father was President of the United States; her father was … Continue reading ‘Not If I Save You First’ by Ally Carter Perfect Light Adventure for YA Reader

From Robins to Band-aids: Nonfiction Picture Books Perfect for Summer Reading

Just because it's summer and the sun is shining doesn't mean it's time to stop reading. Not with all the fabulous books out there that children will love and that will keep them learning new information. From animals who build shelters to the man who invents a way to make bandages to help his accident-prone … Continue reading From Robins to Band-aids: Nonfiction Picture Books Perfect for Summer Reading

Some Feel-Good Summer Picture Books to Enjoy With a Favorite Toddler

Summer is a great time to keep reading to your young ones, whether it's reading inside in the air conditioning on a 90-degree day or taking refuge from thunderstorms by reading and snuggling. Here are six fabulous picture books that can kick off great discussions with your kids. "This Story is For You" by Greg … Continue reading Some Feel-Good Summer Picture Books to Enjoy With a Favorite Toddler

‘Between You & Me’ by Susan Wiggs Explores Love as It Relates to Responsibility and Conflicting Loyalty

Susan Wiggs takes what seems like a cliche and uses her writing chops to turn out a novel, "Between You & Me," that is touching, thoughtful and unique. Romance between the Amish and the "English" (as they refer to those of us who are not Amish) is fairly standard fare in romance novels. Wiggs doesn't … Continue reading ‘Between You & Me’ by Susan Wiggs Explores Love as It Relates to Responsibility and Conflicting Loyalty

Summer Comic Books that Will Keep You (and Your Kids) Learning: ‘Action Presidents’ Series

  Shhh. Don't tell the kids, but when they start reading and laughing out loud at the humor in the "Action Presidents #1: George Washington" and "Action Presidents #2: Abraham Lincoln," they will be learning a bunch of history at the same time. Real history -- history presented in a graphic novel format that's humor-filled … Continue reading Summer Comic Books that Will Keep You (and Your Kids) Learning: ‘Action Presidents’ Series

‘Tempests and Slaughter’ by Tamora Pierce; Fabulous First Book in a New Series, ‘The Numair Chronicles’

Tamora Pierce's fans are legion. But if you haven't read one of this master of fantasy's many books, this is the perfect time to start and the perfect book to start with: "Tempests and Slaughter." It's the first book in a new series, and it's a prequel to some of the other books about the … Continue reading ‘Tempests and Slaughter’ by Tamora Pierce; Fabulous First Book in a New Series, ‘The Numair Chronicles’

‘Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ by Liesl Shurtliff

Fans of "Jack: The (Fairly) True Tale of Jack and the Beanstalk," "Rump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Rumpelstiltskin," and "Red: The (Fairly) True Tale of Red Riding Hood" will adore the latest fractured fairy tale about "Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" by Liesl Shurtliff. Borlen, also known as … Continue reading ‘Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ by Liesl Shurtliff