‘House of Salt and Sorrows’ by Erin A. Craig is a shocking retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale by Grimm

"House of Salt and Sorrows" by Erin A. Craig is a creative and, at times, shocking retelling of the fairy tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" by the Grimm brothers. Unlike the Grimm fairy tale, in this young adult version, the oldest of the dozen sisters have already died by the time the story begins. Annaleigh, … Continue reading ‘House of Salt and Sorrows’ by Erin A. Craig is a shocking retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale by Grimm

3 Adorable fantasy picture books with fairy godmothers, gnomes, and Goldilocks

Kids and creativity go together like peanut butter and jelly, and many children love reading picture books about fantasy creatures. In these books, children will learn about the different kinds of fantasy creatures, learn about manners, and learn about the "fact" that even fairy godmothers can make mistakes. "I'm a Gnome" by Jessica Peill-Meininghaus and … Continue reading 3 Adorable fantasy picture books with fairy godmothers, gnomes, and Goldilocks

3 touching fiction picture books about overcoming obstacles and having a positive mindset

Kids learn a lot from books. And even the youngest child can learn about the messages that wonderful picture books contain, hidden in the bright illustrations and the often-simple text. Here are three picture books that do just that -- they share important messages for young readers about not giving up, the power of positive … Continue reading 3 touching fiction picture books about overcoming obstacles and having a positive mindset

‘Things You Save in a Fire’ by Katherine Center begins with a spark and ends in an inferno

"Things You Save in a Fire" by Katherine Center isn't literally about things you would save in a fire. The main character, firefighter Cassie Hanwell, was born to be a firefighter. She's a fascinating and complex character. When there's an emergency, she gets calm and knows exactly what to do. She's the one you want … Continue reading ‘Things You Save in a Fire’ by Katherine Center begins with a spark and ends in an inferno

‘Señorita Mariposa’ by Ben Gundersheimer is a picture book that’s a bilingual “song” about the monarch’s migration and life cycle

"Señorita Mariposa" by Ben Gundersheimer and illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero is a beautiful, happy, rhyming picture book that tells the story of the monarch butterfly's long journey from faraway places to Mexico where the monarchs gather each winter. Children get an idea of how long the journey is through the text and illustrations. "Over … Continue reading ‘Señorita Mariposa’ by Ben Gundersheimer is a picture book that’s a bilingual “song” about the monarch’s migration and life cycle

‘The Escape Room’ by Megan Goldin: nonstop action from the first page to the last

Greed and arrogance are qualities that permeate the personalities of the characters in Megan Goldin's "The Escape Room." The first chapter offers the reader clues that the story will not end well for some of those characters, but just how that comes about is part of the mystery and the thrill. Four hedge fund traders … Continue reading ‘The Escape Room’ by Megan Goldin: nonstop action from the first page to the last

‘Keeping Lucy’ by T. Greenwood is an emotional story of a mother who will take on the world to protect her daughter

Ginny Richardson and her successful lawyer husband have one perfect child, Peyton. When Lucy, her second baby, is born with Down syndrome, her wealthy in-laws whisk the newborn to a "school" where she will live and be cared for. Ginny is told she was "enrolled" in the school, and by the time she was coherent … Continue reading ‘Keeping Lucy’ by T. Greenwood is an emotional story of a mother who will take on the world to protect her daughter

8 Picture books about feelings – great for teachers, parents, social workers, and anyone who deals with children

Sometimes it's difficult for young children to talk about their feelings. Sometimes, reading a book about feelings can open the door for children to express that they feel the same way. Sometimes, by reading a book, children might realize that they are not alone in their feelings. This collection of new releases is perfect for … Continue reading 8 Picture books about feelings – great for teachers, parents, social workers, and anyone who deals with children

10 Nonfiction picture books perfect for the new school year

The new school year is just around the corner, and there are lots of wonderful nonfiction picture books perfect for a wide range of students from preschool through middle school. Picture books are a great tool for teachers (and parents) to use to start a discussion about anything from history to kindness to math. Yes, … Continue reading 10 Nonfiction picture books perfect for the new school year

9 Perfect picture books for going back to school

It's that time of year. Kids and parents are doing back-to-school shopping and one thing that should definitely be on the list are books to get kids in that back-to-school mood. There are many picture books that are perfect for just that purpose, and they will motivate and excite readers to begin learning and imagining … Continue reading 9 Perfect picture books for going back to school

‘Addison Cooke and the Ring of Destiny’ by Jonathan W. Stokes is the 3rd action-filled book in this fabulous middle grade series

Can I start by saying that I love Jonathan W. Stokes' writing? "Addison Cooke and the Ring of Destiny" continues the non-stop action and clever word play that began with "Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas" and "Addison Cooke and the Tomb of the Khan." Addison Cooke and his intrepid sister Molly come … Continue reading ‘Addison Cooke and the Ring of Destiny’ by Jonathan W. Stokes is the 3rd action-filled book in this fabulous middle grade series

‘The Two Lila Bennetts’ by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke is clever and frightening

As someone who went through law school and gave criminal law a thought, my feelings after reading "The Two Lila Bennetts" is that authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke got it all right. I'll never forget working for a criminal law firm while going to law school at night. A lawyer once said to me, … Continue reading ‘The Two Lila Bennetts’ by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke is clever and frightening