‘Our Dogs, Ourselves: How We Live with Dogs’ by Alexandra Horowitz is an informative dog book for middle grade readers

Do you love dogs? Don't miss "Our Dogs, Ourselves: How we Live with Dogs" by Alexandra Horowitz. Often, I love reading a nonfiction book written for middle grade children because while it's informative and filled with fascinating knowledge, I don't have to wade through pages and pages to get the information. It's a quick and … Continue reading ‘Our Dogs, Ourselves: How We Live with Dogs’ by Alexandra Horowitz is an informative dog book for middle grade readers

‘I Hope You’re Listening’ by Tom Ryan is a thrilling YA story of abduction, guilt, and making amends

In "I Hope You're Listening" by Tom Ryan, main character Dee Skinner has never been able to shake her guilt over being the kid who wasn't abducted. When she was seven, she and her best friend Sibby were playing near their tree fort when Sibby was abducted. And although Dee was right there, she was … Continue reading ‘I Hope You’re Listening’ by Tom Ryan is a thrilling YA story of abduction, guilt, and making amends

‘The Dog Who Saved the World’ by Ross Welford is amazingly funny and simultaneously exciting

I must admit, this is the first novel by Ross Welford that I've read. It won't be the last. Actually, the reason this book caught my eye was the "dog" in the title. And this dog, Mr. Mash, is the epitome of dogly dogs. He smells awful from nose (his rank breath) to tail (the … Continue reading ‘The Dog Who Saved the World’ by Ross Welford is amazingly funny and simultaneously exciting

‘A Solitude of Wolverines’ by Alice Henderson combines endangered animals and nail-biting action

It's always a treat to read a really thrilling first book in a new series and know that the future will have many more such good reads in store. "A Solitude of Wolverines" by Alice Henderson is such a book, and readers will want to keep biologist Alex Carter on their radar as her upcoming … Continue reading ‘A Solitude of Wolverines’ by Alice Henderson combines endangered animals and nail-biting action

‘The Particulars of Peter’ by Kelly Conaboy is the book you didn’t know you needed to read

Kelly Conaboy loves her dog. She loves her dog Peter so much that she wrote a book, "The Particulars of Peter: Dance Lessons, DNA Tests, and Other Excuses to Hang Out with My Perfect Dog," about him. Like most of us canine fans, she loves her dog to distraction. She obsesses about her dog more … Continue reading ‘The Particulars of Peter’ by Kelly Conaboy is the book you didn’t know you needed to read

‘Big Ideas for Little Philosophers’ series shares wonderful thoughts for young readers

The belief that a child is never too young to learn about big ideas like happiness, truth, equality and imagination is exemplified in a series of board books (yes, board books!) written by Duane Armitage and Maureen McQuerry and illustrated by Robin Rosenthal. The series includes "Truth with Socrates," "Imagination with René Descartes," "Equality with … Continue reading ‘Big Ideas for Little Philosophers’ series shares wonderful thoughts for young readers

‘They Called Us Enemy’ by George Takei is a graphic memoir that brings home the horror of racism and judging people by their race and is a must-read for teenager readers

I've read about the internment camps for Japanese Americans during WWII, and there are many historical fiction books for children that are set in those camps (see some listed at the end of this review), but George Takei's powerful memoir instilled in me a broader sense of what this country was like when this atrocity … Continue reading ‘They Called Us Enemy’ by George Takei is a graphic memoir that brings home the horror of racism and judging people by their race and is a must-read for teenager readers

‘A Wolf for a Spell’ by Karah Sutton is an engaging fairytale for middle grade readers

"A Wolf for a Spell" by Karah Sutton is a clever story of magic, determination, unlikely alliances, and folktale figures. We first meet Zima, a wolf with a mind of her own. Instead of hating humans and killing an unprotected girl from the nearby village, she shows mercy. But the presence of magic, and the … Continue reading ‘A Wolf for a Spell’ by Karah Sutton is an engaging fairytale for middle grade readers

Winter picture books that celebrate freedom and tradition for all kinds of young readers

There's no better gift for a child than the gift of a good book. And nothing gets young children more excited about reading than good picture books. Reading good picture books with toddlers can instill in them a love of reading that will last a lifetime. What better gift could you give? "Lilah Tov Good … Continue reading Winter picture books that celebrate freedom and tradition for all kinds of young readers

Ten nonfiction picture books for readers of all ages

Nonfiction picture books are little treasures. They are a way to expand the world around our children as we read stories to them about important people, important ideas, and important concepts about the world around us. Well written nonfiction is a way to teach without a classroom, and to inspire without preaching. With the presidential … Continue reading Ten nonfiction picture books for readers of all ages