‘Summer Wives’ by Beatriz Williams Is a Tale of Wealth, Betrayal, and Sacrifice

  Beatriz Williams loves writing about those who live and play on the East Coast, and with "The Summer Wives," she continues to show the rest of us how the 1% live and how those who serve the 1% survive. "The Summer Wives" takes place on a very secluded island where the extremely wealthy spend … Continue reading ‘Summer Wives’ by Beatriz Williams Is a Tale of Wealth, Betrayal, and Sacrifice

‘Big Box Little Box’ Is an Adorable Picture Book for Young Readers and Cat Lovers

With "Big Box Little Box," author Caryl Hart and illustrator Edward Underwood create a simple but extremely engaging picture book featuring (mostly) an adorable dark grey (black?) cat, many boxes, and a cute little mouse. Note: both the mouse and the cat live happily ever after. The text rhymes and is lots of fun to … Continue reading ‘Big Box Little Box’ Is an Adorable Picture Book for Young Readers and Cat Lovers

‘Pieces of Her’ by Karin Slaughter: Fascinating Study of Human Strength and Fragility

Karin Slaughter writes thrillers with compelling characters and engrossing plots, and with "Pieces of Her," she continues that tradition. In this book, Slaughter introduces two women main characters who are both deeply flawed, yet both discover incredible inner strength and the story plots that growth through flashbacks and the nonstop action. The story begins with … Continue reading ‘Pieces of Her’ by Karin Slaughter: Fascinating Study of Human Strength and Fragility

‘Giraffe Problems’ by Jory John & Illustrated by Lane Smith: A Picture Book Kids LOVE!

Don't just take my word for it, get a copy of "Giraffe Problems" by Jory John with chuckle-inducing illustrations by the talented Lane Smith. Read it to any child between three and thirteen. All will love it: guaranteed. But don't get the book only for the laughs. It's much more than just another humorous picture … Continue reading ‘Giraffe Problems’ by Jory John & Illustrated by Lane Smith: A Picture Book Kids LOVE!

‘The Wall in the Middle of the Book’ by Jon Agee: A Timely Lesson in Fear

"The Wall" is a constant presence in our lives these days. But something there is that doesn't love a wall. And with his new picture book, "The Wall in the Middle of the Book," author Jon Agee gets it. He not only gets it, he shares it, explains it for young readers, and illustrates it … Continue reading ‘The Wall in the Middle of the Book’ by Jon Agee: A Timely Lesson in Fear

‘The Day You Begin’ by Jacqueline Woodson Is a Picture Book Must-Read for Kids of All Ages

With her newest picture book, "The Day You Begin," Jacqueline Woodson creates another must-read that teachers will want to begin the year with. It's a story about being excluded, about being different, about feeling different. The book has an unusual narrator in that it's written in second person. "There will be times when you walk … Continue reading ‘The Day You Begin’ by Jacqueline Woodson Is a Picture Book Must-Read for Kids of All Ages

‘The Third Mushroom’ by Jennifer L. Holm Is a Fabulous Sequel to ‘The Fourteenth Goldfish’

"The Third Mushroom" by Jennifer L. Holm is the perfect sequel to "The Fourteenth Goldfish." In this book, Ellie is in middle school and has a best friend, Raj. When her grandfather, Melvin, comes to stay with them in the body of a fourteen year old (that's what happens in the first book), things get … Continue reading ‘The Third Mushroom’ by Jennifer L. Holm Is a Fabulous Sequel to ‘The Fourteenth Goldfish’

‘The Other Woman’ by Sandie Jones: A Psychological Thriller that Will Keep You Wondering

"The Other Woman" by Sandie Jones is the story of Emily Havistock and her new boyfriend, Adam Banks. Emily has had one devastating past relationship, and now has a small group of steadfast friends, but she wants more, and she thinks Adam might be "the one." When he finally suggests introducing her to his mother, … Continue reading ‘The Other Woman’ by Sandie Jones: A Psychological Thriller that Will Keep You Wondering

Five Nonfiction Picture Books for Kids of Many Ages — From Monsters and Animals to Historical Figures and the Flight to the Moon

"Vincent Can't Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky" by Barb Rosenstock and Mary Grandpr√©¬† shares with young readers the lonely, often tormented life of Vincent Van Gogh. Each page begins with "Vincent can't sleep..." and begins with his childhood when at the age of nine or ten he once walked at night six miles … Continue reading Five Nonfiction Picture Books for Kids of Many Ages — From Monsters and Animals to Historical Figures and the Flight to the Moon

‘My Father’s Words’ by Patricia MacLachlan: A Simple Children’s Book with Not-So-Simple Thoughts

"My Father's Words" by Patricia MacLachlan is a beautifully written, emotionally wrenching story that had me crying through my lunch as I finished it. It's a small, 133-page book set in large type with wide spacing. It's easy to read, but much harder to really appreciate. This is not a book that one should skim … Continue reading ‘My Father’s Words’ by Patricia MacLachlan: A Simple Children’s Book with Not-So-Simple Thoughts

Four Wonderful Back-to-School Picture Books Your Kids Will Love

  It's back to school time and there are some fabulous picture books to read with young children to talk about school. You will enjoy reading them, your children will enjoy listening to them, and if you chose to donate them to your kid's classroom, the whole class will read them! "Hello School" by Priscilla … Continue reading Four Wonderful Back-to-School Picture Books Your Kids Will Love