“Do not miss” nonfiction picture books: three books for children about RBG, an iconic figure, plus the stories of two other important women in history

There's a pandemic going on, and now more than ever, children need to read about inspirational figures. Few women have motivated more young girls than Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Three recent releases celebrate her life; each is appropriate for a different age group of children and all three are books that are worthy to be read … Continue reading “Do not miss” nonfiction picture books: three books for children about RBG, an iconic figure, plus the stories of two other important women in history

‘The Other Mrs.’ by Mary Kubica is a twisty and dark mystery

Like many popular mysteries, "The Other Mrs." by Mary Kubica has multiple narrators, but in this psychological suspense novel, readers are lead down the wrong dark path. Or rather, we are led down a path that goes in the right direction, but we completely miss the shady crooked path that goes to the heart of … Continue reading ‘The Other Mrs.’ by Mary Kubica is a twisty and dark mystery

‘City Spies’ by James Ponti is a fast-paced thriller for middle grade readers that’s a perfect adventure to escape into

"City Spies" by James Ponti is an action story that kids (and adults) will love. A group of underdog kids as young as twelve live in an old manor home in Scotland and work with a British spy nicknamed "Mother" as a team foiling international villains. First we meet Sara, from whose perspective the story … Continue reading ‘City Spies’ by James Ponti is a fast-paced thriller for middle grade readers that’s a perfect adventure to escape into

‘Golden in Death’ by J.D. Robb is the 50th novel in this fabulous futuristic detective series

It's proof of J.D. Robb's talent that "Golden in Death" is the 50th novel in this popular series featuring New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas, yet one could just as easily  pick it up and read it as a stand alone mystery -- and enjoy it just as much as a fan who's read all … Continue reading ‘Golden in Death’ by J.D. Robb is the 50th novel in this fabulous futuristic detective series

A few online resources and information about how to keep your child happy and well read during this difficult time

With most schools closed across the country and parents home with their children, there has been an outpouring of resources and activities from authors and publishers. I have listed a few of them here. Feel free to add more in the comments. Jarrett Lerner, wonderful author of children's books including the "EngiNerds" series, has many … Continue reading A few online resources and information about how to keep your child happy and well read during this difficult time

‘After Sundown’ by Linda Howard and Linda Jones is a story of survival, solitude, and two lonely people who find each other

While the publicity for "After Sundown" by Linda Howard and Linda Jones emphasizes that it's a love story, it's also quite a tale of survival -- how appropriate for right now. In this novel, there is a huge CME, or coronal mass ejection, that hits Earth, causing a massive disruption of the electrical grid. Sela … Continue reading ‘After Sundown’ by Linda Howard and Linda Jones is a story of survival, solitude, and two lonely people who find each other

‘The Life Below’ is the sequel to “The Final Six,” both dystopian YA scifi novels you’ll love

If you like a quick read that will keep you in suspense until the last page, pick up "The Life Below" by Alexandra Monir. If you haven't read the previous book, "The Final Six," be sure to pick it up and read it first. You'll find both books are hard to put down, as the … Continue reading ‘The Life Below’ is the sequel to “The Final Six,” both dystopian YA scifi novels you’ll love

‘A Dog’s Promise’ by W. Bruce Cameron is a promise kept; there’s nothing like a dog

With "A Dog's Promise," W. Bruce Cameron continues faithful uber-dog Bailey's story. Bailey is the dog who helped "his" people in "A Dog's Purpose" and "A Dog's Journey" He's the dog who made readers cry as he died over and over and each time was reborn as a different dog destined to help his person … Continue reading ‘A Dog’s Promise’ by W. Bruce Cameron is a promise kept; there’s nothing like a dog

‘The Light in Hidden Places’ by Sharon Cameron is an inspiring and unforgettable YA novel based on a real story that must be shared

Sharon Cameron's genius is clearly demonstrated by the careful and masterful text she has created in "The Light in Hidden Places." This is a real story of heroism and courage brilliantly re-crafted into a novel that takes readers directly into the heart of the darkest days of WWII Poland. Stefania Podgórska has grown up on … Continue reading ‘The Light in Hidden Places’ by Sharon Cameron is an inspiring and unforgettable YA novel based on a real story that must be shared

4 middle grade books about compassion and the two-legged underdogs among us (some with wings)

Middle grade novels are not just the next step for children in the reading process. From picture books to adult books, good writers try to imbue their stories with positive messages and important ideas to consider. These four pieces of fiction aimed at readers from fourth grade through middle school accomplish all that and more. … Continue reading 4 middle grade books about compassion and the two-legged underdogs among us (some with wings)

‘Birdie and Me’ by J. M. M. Nuanez is a middle grade novel about loss, family, and identity

"Birdie and Me" by debut author J. M. M. Nuanez is about Jack and Birdie, named by their mother for her favorite presidential people, who must move in with their uncles after their mother dies. Jack, Birdie's older sister, feels responsible for Birdie, a boy who loves dressing in bright colors, eyeshadow, wearing lots of … Continue reading ‘Birdie and Me’ by J. M. M. Nuanez is a middle grade novel about loss, family, and identity

10 picture books guaranteed to make you smile

Picture books are like magic. Some are filled with amazing, interesting facts and are clever ways to educate while entertaining readers. Others have wonderful morals and authentic authors' messages. Yet others, while they may have important messages, also serve to make readers smile and be happy. These ten picture books, most of which do, indeed, … Continue reading 10 picture books guaranteed to make you smile