‘Sisters of the Resistance’ WWII fiction by Christine Wells is fascinating and engrossing from the first page

Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells "Sisters of the Resistance" is an apt title for this historical fiction that's partly based on real events and real people and in which women are the main characters. What is unusual about how Christine Wells, the author, chooses to share the events is that the story is … Continue reading ‘Sisters of the Resistance’ WWII fiction by Christine Wells is fascinating and engrossing from the first page

Three picture books that will make kids laugh…and think

It's difficult to say when children outgrow picture books. Educator and book expert Colby Sharp reads picture books daily to his fifth grade students. My fourth graders loved hearing and discussing picture books this past year. Often, picture books are aimed at older readers, but even those for younger readers can have important messages to … Continue reading Three picture books that will make kids laugh…and think

‘What a Dog Knows’ by Susan Wilson is about the connection we have with the animals we live with and about searching for family

What a Dog Knows by Susan Wilson In "What a Dog Knows," author Susan Wilson gives us an entirely relatable main character who is not a young woman, and who has been dealt a tough hand since birth. While she is a grandmother, she is certainly not your typical grandmother, although she does, on occasion, … Continue reading ‘What a Dog Knows’ by Susan Wilson is about the connection we have with the animals we live with and about searching for family

‘Rescue’ by Jennifer A. Nielsen is a riveting middle grade historical fiction set during the Holocaust

Rescue by Jennifer A. Nielsen Jennifer A. Nielsen's middle grade historical fiction novels are wonderful examples of books that teach kids about history while sandwiching that information in thrilling, emotional stories that will hook them. "Rescue," her newest release, is no different. In this story we meet Meg, whose father is British and her mother … Continue reading ‘Rescue’ by Jennifer A. Nielsen is a riveting middle grade historical fiction set during the Holocaust

Picture books and beginning chapter books: Biographies about important people and events

Reading biographies about important people—those who live near and far—is crucial for young minds to learn that at heart, we are all alike, and also to learn about people whose actions can inspire the rest of us to be better and think about how our actions can affect others. Some American heroes include Dr. Fauci, … Continue reading Picture books and beginning chapter books: Biographies about important people and events

‘Dog Days: A Novel About Love, Loss and What It Is To Be Human’ by Ericka Waller

Dog Days by Ericka Waller The novel "Dog Days" by Ericka Waller is kind of like what might happen if Fredrik Backman decided to write a novel with Jenny Colgan. It has Backman's sardonic view of life and the people we might encounter and Colgan's setting on the coast of England with blustery weather and … Continue reading ‘Dog Days: A Novel About Love, Loss and What It Is To Be Human’ by Ericka Waller

National Geographic Kids hits a home run with summer reads kids will LOVE

Ask any teacher what they want kids to do over the summer and most will reply: read. Of course we teachers all want kids to be outside, enjoying the summer weather and swimming and playing, but we also want them reading. Learning to enjoy reading, and reading for the sake of enjoyment, is a pastime … Continue reading National Geographic Kids hits a home run with summer reads kids will LOVE

‘The Hummingbird’s Gift’ by Sy Montgomery is a jewel of a book about a fascinating bird

The Hummingbird's Gift by Sy Montgomery Like its subject, the hummingbird, "The Hummingbird's Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings" is a little jewel of a book. Author Sy Montgomery is renowned for her books on animals. As an educator, I have valued her many quality nonfiction books on animals for children and used them … Continue reading ‘The Hummingbird’s Gift’ by Sy Montgomery is a jewel of a book about a fascinating bird

‘A Dog’s Courage’ by W. Bruce Cameron; a tribute to the soul of a dog

A Dog's Courage by W. Bruce Cameron In "A Dog's Courage," W. Bruce Cameron brings back the courageous and intrepid Bella, the dog we first met in "A Dog's Way Home." In this sequel, which also works as a stand alone story, Bella and her human family, Lucas and Olivia, are separated when there is … Continue reading ‘A Dog’s Courage’ by W. Bruce Cameron; a tribute to the soul of a dog

‘The Paris Apartment’ by Kelly Bowen is a gripping historical fiction that has it all: suspense, sacrifice, loss, and ultimately, love

The Paris Apartment by Kelly Bowen Ready for a thrilling trip into the heart of Europe during WWII to see, vicariously, how two daring women best the Nazis in the name of freedom and justice? "The Paris Apartment" by Kelly Bowen will grip you from the first page, the first sentence, even. "The woman was … Continue reading ‘The Paris Apartment’ by Kelly Bowen is a gripping historical fiction that has it all: suspense, sacrifice, loss, and ultimately, love

‘Rez Dogs’ by Joseph Bruchac is a touching, timely, terrific middle grade novel about life during COVID on the reservation

Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac "Rez Dogs" by acclaimed author Joseph Bruchac is not only a timely story about life on the reservation during COVID, it's also the story of a girl and her dog, as well as a brief overview of the history of the government's treatment of Native people even recently. All this … Continue reading ‘Rez Dogs’ by Joseph Bruchac is a touching, timely, terrific middle grade novel about life during COVID on the reservation