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

‘Cat Among the Pigeons: A riotous assembly of unrespectable African creatures’ by David Muirhead: Amusing and oh-so-clever tales of African wildlife

Be assured, "Cat Among the Pigeons" by David Muirhead is not a boring compilation of facts and information about the creatures in Africa, but rather an erudite and always entertaining collection of anecdotes, history, and interesting tidbits about those sometimes exotic (wildebeest), sometimes not (wasp), animals. It's a book that will delight those who have … Continue reading ‘Cat Among the Pigeons: A riotous assembly of unrespectable African creatures’ by David Muirhead: Amusing and oh-so-clever tales of African wildlife

‘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

‘Awesome Dog 5000’ by Justin Dean is a rocketing good middle grade scifi adventure with comic illustrations according to this student review

“Awesome Dog 5000,” by Justin Dean with its rocket-launcher paws and a mega-atomic cannon will send you soaring to new heights. As soon as readers open the book and start reading, the cliffhangers get you hooked and  it is hard to resist reading until the last page. This geeky, action, and humor-packed book is sure … Continue reading ‘Awesome Dog 5000’ by Justin Dean is a rocketing good middle grade scifi adventure with comic illustrations according to this student review

9 Perfect picture books for going back to school

It's that time of year. Kids and parents are doing back-to-school shopping and one thing that should definitely be on the list are books to get kids in that back-to-school mood. There are many picture books that are perfect for just that purpose, and they will motivate and excite readers to begin learning and imagining … Continue reading 9 Perfect picture books for going back to school

‘Addison Cooke and the Ring of Destiny’ by Jonathan W. Stokes is the 3rd action-filled book in this fabulous middle grade series

Can I start by saying that I love Jonathan W. Stokes' writing? "Addison Cooke and the Ring of Destiny" continues the non-stop action and clever word play that began with "Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas" and "Addison Cooke and the Tomb of the Khan." Addison Cooke and his intrepid sister Molly come … Continue reading ‘Addison Cooke and the Ring of Destiny’ by Jonathan W. Stokes is the 3rd action-filled book in this fabulous middle grade series

‘Emperor of the Universe: A Fable with Spaceships and Aliens’ by David Lubar

David Lubar, beloved author of "The Weenie" series of short stories and "Hidden Talents," hits it out of the park, actually out of the world and out of the galaxy, with "Emperor of the Universe: A Fable with Spaceships and Aliens." Nicholas V. Andrew, a seventh grader, only wants to be on his own when … Continue reading ‘Emperor of the Universe: A Fable with Spaceships and Aliens’ by David Lubar

‘Heart of Barkness’ by Spencer Quinn: Don’t miss this tail-wagging adventure

"Heart of Barkness" by Spencer Quinn brings back mystery-lovers' favorite four-legged detective, Chet, with his sidekick, the two-legged Bernie Little. It's Bernie Little's detective agency, but both Chet and Bernie are very aware that it takes two to solve most mysteries. That's why whenever Bernie introduces himself to someone, he introduces both of them. Chet … Continue reading ‘Heart of Barkness’ by Spencer Quinn: Don’t miss this tail-wagging adventure

‘P is for Pterodactyl: The WORST Alphabet Book Ever (All the letters that misbehave and make words nearly impossible to pronounce’ is an EXTREMELY

"P Is for Pterodactyl: The WORST Alphabet Book Ever (All the letters that misbehave and make words nearly impossible to pronounce)" is truly the BEST book ever! First of all, it's brilliant -- from the choice of alphabet words and for the text that explains what the words mean, and the words and text and … Continue reading ‘P is for Pterodactyl: The WORST Alphabet Book Ever (All the letters that misbehave and make words nearly impossible to pronounce’ is an EXTREMELY

Summer Reading Choices that will get your Middle Grade Readers hooked on books

Summer days are for enjoying the outdoors, swimming, walking, playing sports. But long summer nights are made for reading, and it's the perfect time to get kids hooked on good books. Here are some wonderful choices for kids with a variety of interests. Historical Fiction Historical fiction is a middle grade staple. A new release, … Continue reading Summer Reading Choices that will get your Middle Grade Readers hooked on books

‘Mr. Lemoncello’s All-Star Breakout Game’ by Chris Grabenstein is another wacky, wild contest filled with unpredictable action

"Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game" by Chris Grabenstein is the newest entry into the series that kids love to read. Kyle Keeley, the main character, is up against his arch enemy, Charles Chiltington, whose motto is: Chiltingtons never lose. Yet until this book, Charles has lost at all of Lemoncello's games. When this new "All-Star … Continue reading ‘Mr. Lemoncello’s All-Star Breakout Game’ by Chris Grabenstein is another wacky, wild contest filled with unpredictable action