‘Christmas in Blue Dog Valley’ by Annie England Noblin is a charming story of small town values, friendship, and finding love where you least expect it

Author Annie England Noblin brings us the Christmas spirit with her newest novel, "Christmas in Blue Dog Valley." As in her other novels, she offers not only a sweet story of a woman trying to find her place in the world, but also the joy of having a companion animal by her side as she … Continue reading ‘Christmas in Blue Dog Valley’ by Annie England Noblin is a charming story of small town values, friendship, and finding love where you least expect it

‘The Christmas Bookshop’ by Jenny Colgan is just what we expect — a sweet, touching story of family and romance that warms our hearts

The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan Jenny Colgan's books are predictable, but we like them -- a lot -- nonetheless. We know that in the pages of her books, we are treated to a "vacation" of sorts in whatever exotic locale she chooses (although if you live in Edinburgh, it's not quite so exotic), wherein … Continue reading ‘The Christmas Bookshop’ by Jenny Colgan is just what we expect — a sweet, touching story of family and romance that warms our hearts

‘Christmas at the Island Hotel’ by Jenny Colgan brings readers back to the charming, isolated island of Mure

We get to spend the holidays at the charming island of Mure thanks to "Christmas at the Island Hotel" by Jenny Colgan. Colgan writes charming stories of people who are tired of huge, crowded, impersonal cities and long to escape to somewhere where the air is clean, the sky uncluttered by tall buildings, and the … Continue reading ‘Christmas at the Island Hotel’ by Jenny Colgan brings readers back to the charming, isolated island of Mure

Winter and Christmas perfect picture books for the holidays

It's the time of year for snuggling by the fire, or just on a warm bed, and reading stories about winter, about family, about the holidays. Here are books for everyone -- some are just beautiful winter tales about friendship and peace, others are about the Christmas season. Some have wonderful important messages and others … Continue reading Winter and Christmas perfect picture books for the holidays

‘Santa Bruce’ (and more) by Ryan T. Higgins Is a Picture Book That’s as Much Fun for Adults to Read as for Kids to Listen to

  "Santa¬†Claus Bruce" by the talented Ryan T. Higgins is a picture book that is certainly as much fun (or more) for adults to read as it is for the kids listening to the story. Higgins' wry humor coupled with the extremely expressive illustrations make for a wonderfully satisfying picture book experience. It's winter and … Continue reading ‘Santa Bruce’ (and more) by Ryan T. Higgins Is a Picture Book That’s as Much Fun for Adults to Read as for Kids to Listen to

‘Leo’s Gift’: A Touching, Truthful, and Wise Picture Book

"Leo's Gift," ostensibly a children's book but in fact a gift to all who read it -- of any age -- tells the story of a very young but very gifted boy who learns, quite by accident, of the amazing talent he possesses. Leo hears his sister practicing piano as her recital day rapidly approaches. … Continue reading ‘Leo’s Gift’: A Touching, Truthful, and Wise Picture Book

Holiday Books about Winter and Christmas are Perfect for Cold Weather Reading

A very sweet tale, "William's Winter Nap" by Linda Ashman and Chuck Groenink, will warm the hearts of animal lovers everywhere. Told in a lovely rhyming cadence, the reader meets William, who has finished his hot cocoa, climbed into bed, and readied himself for a long winter's nap. But as soon as he gets settled, … Continue reading Holiday Books about Winter and Christmas are Perfect for Cold Weather Reading