Dogs, Dogs, Dogs: Three books about dogs that will make you love them even more

It's rare for me to get three nonfiction adult books about dogs in one month, and even rarer when there is a definite link between the three books. "Rescue Dogs: Where They Come From, Why They Act the Way They Do, and How to Love Them Well" is, like all of the books, a touching … Continue reading Dogs, Dogs, Dogs: Three books about dogs that will make you love them even more

‘Dachshund Through the Snow’ by David Rosenfelt is a doggone sweet thriller with plenty of four-legged love to go around

Fans of the "Andy Carpenter" series are going to be thrilled. New readers will be charmed. With "Dachshund Through the Snow," author David Rosenfelt has added a new canine to the regulars. There's Tara, namesake of the late real Tara much beloved by Rosenfelt and his wife, for whom they began to rescue many, many … Continue reading ‘Dachshund Through the Snow’ by David Rosenfelt is a doggone sweet thriller with plenty of four-legged love to go around

‘The Speed of Falling Objects’ by Nancy Richardson Fischer is a survival story filled with thoughtful perspective on who we really are

"The Speed of Falling Objects" by Nancy Richardson Fischer first caught my eye because it's a young adult survival story about a girl who must survive in the Amazon after a plane crash. But while this is a thrilling story of adventure and the dangers of navigating the rainforest in Peru, it's also much more.  … Continue reading ‘The Speed of Falling Objects’ by Nancy Richardson Fischer is a survival story filled with thoughtful perspective on who we really are

12 fabulous nonfiction picture books about animals

  Kids and animals -- I love fabulous picture books about animals that will get kids hooked on reading. These nonfiction picture books are filled with color and animals, some about specific animals that fly or swim and about a plethora of other animals. One is even poetry about animals. Enjoy this list of books … Continue reading 12 fabulous nonfiction picture books about animals

‘The Fire Keeper’ is the second ‘Storm Runner’ middle grade fantasy action novel by J.C. Cervantes

Fans of Rick Riordan's many fantasy series, like the Percy Jackson series (The Lightning Thief) are sure to love many of the series in the "Rick Riordan Presents" imprint. The "Storm Runner" series takes the idea of young heroes who are the offspring of gods and mortals and moves it to New Mexico, where the … Continue reading ‘The Fire Keeper’ is the second ‘Storm Runner’ middle grade fantasy action novel by J.C. Cervantes

Don’t miss these 7 children’s picture books about dogs and cats and a turtle and how much we love our pets

There's nothing that goes together better than a child and a dog, unless it's a child and a cat or some other kind of pet. In this collection of wonderful picture books, the authors show the special bond that children have with animals. Full disclosure: I'm a teacher, and I believe every child should have … Continue reading Don’t miss these 7 children’s picture books about dogs and cats and a turtle and how much we love our pets

‘The Last Dragon’ by James Riley is the second book in “The Revenge of Magic” middle grade series

"The Last Dragon" by James Riley begins shortly after the end of the first book in the series "The Revenge of Magic." In the first book, Fort Fitzgerald watches helplessly as his father is grabbed by a monster and dragged underground during an attack when they were visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Sure … Continue reading ‘The Last Dragon’ by James Riley is the second book in “The Revenge of Magic” middle grade series

‘The Tyrant’s Tomb’ by Rick Riordan is the 4th book in ‘The Trials of Apollo’ series

In "The Tyrant's Tomb," master of middle grade fantasy Rick Riordan continues "The Trials of Apollo" series, the story of Apollo, brought low to earth by his father for a transgression, and made into a very human figure. As Lester Papadopoulos, acne-ridden and with a waist that is far less than Apollo's trim figure, Apollo … Continue reading ‘The Tyrant’s Tomb’ by Rick Riordan is the 4th book in ‘The Trials of Apollo’ series

‘Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation’ by Stuart Gibbs is a middle grade book that has ageless appeal

Be forewarned. Once you pick up "Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation" by bestselling author Stuart Gibbs, you won't be able to put it down until the last page is over, and you're reading the acknowledgements.  Really. You'll be hooked from the very first page, which is the Prologue in which Albert Einstein is dying, … Continue reading ‘Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation’ by Stuart Gibbs is a middle grade book that has ageless appeal

‘All the Flowers in Paris’ by Sarah Jio is a beautiful but heartbreaking combination of historical and current fiction taking readers to Paris now and during WWII

Paris, ostensibly the most beautiful city in the world, has a checkered past. During the German occupation in WWII, many Parisians collaborated with the Nazis. "All the Flowers in Paris" by Sarah Jio is about a French family with Jewish ancestry that is "outed" by a neighbor, and about a woman in modern Paris who … Continue reading ‘All the Flowers in Paris’ by Sarah Jio is a beautiful but heartbreaking combination of historical and current fiction taking readers to Paris now and during WWII

Picture books about children and their pets . . . with a twist

Children and adults love picture books that are about animals. In this collection of recently released picture books, readers will love reading about pets, but even more, they will love that these books are not about a traditional pets. Each one is quirky and each one will entertain children read after read. "Spencer's New Pet" … Continue reading Picture books about children and their pets . . . with a twist