Category Archives: children’s books

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. It’s a new year and I am determined to read more! Well every year I’m determined to read more, but this year is … Continue reading

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Favorite Children’s Books of 2014

With the 2015 just days away and my reading going so slowly, I figured it’s time to throw in the towel and post my list of this year’s favorite reads. I divided my long list into three posts: children’s fiction … Continue reading

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Short Review: God got a dog by Cynthia Rylant

God got a dog Written by Cynthia Rylant Illustrated by Marla Frazee 48 pages Published in October 2013 by Beach Lane Books Source: Public Library I didn’t know what to expect from Cynthia Rylant’s latest book, God Got a Dog. … Continue reading

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Short Children’s Book Reviews: We March by Shane W. Evans and I Have a Dream by Kadir Nelson

We March Shane W. Evans 32 pages Published in 2012 by Roaring Brook Press Source: Public Library In We March, author Shane W. Evans take readers to August 28, 1963, the day that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I … Continue reading

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Children’s Books on Famous Artists: Me, Frida, It Jes’ Happened, and Chuck Close Face Book

Me, Frida Written by Amy Novesky. Illustrated by David Diaz Published in 2010 by Abrams Books for Young Readers I love beautiful art. I also love reading about Frida Kahlo, so when Jill (Rhapsody in Books) wrote a review about … Continue reading

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Banned Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver Lois Lowry 180 pages Republished in 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Company Source: Public Library It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. No. Wrong word, Jonas thought. Frightened meant that deep, sickening feeling of something … Continue reading

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Spring Reading Thing 2012

March 20, 2012 – June 20, 2012 Hosted at Callapidder Days If you didn’t know that today was the first day of spring, you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking out my window. It’s nice and cold outside, perfect … Continue reading

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Weekend Cooking: Books for Young Foodies

Weekend Cooking is a meme hosted by Candace at Beth Fish Reads. Anyone with a food-related post can join. My kids love books about food. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cookbook or a picture book, so lately we’ve been … Continue reading

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A Very Short Post

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente is a book that’s been receiving a lot of positive buzz lately. It’s in my tbr pile and on my daughter’s summer reading list. … Continue reading

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Weekend Cooking: The Library Loot Edition

Today I’m combining two of my favorite memes together: Weekend Cooking and Library Loot to share a few cooking-related books that I recently checked out from the library. Both books were on the “new books” shelf at the library and … Continue reading

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Guyku by Bob Raczka

Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys Bob Raczka Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds 48 pages October 2010 Houghton Mifflin Books for Children   I picked up Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys because of all the positive reviews … Continue reading

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Review: Hereville by Barry Deutsch

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword Barry Deutsch 144 pages Publication Date: November 2010 Amulet Books Source: Library I love this book! Love love love! I love it so much that I checked it out of the library on Thursday, … Continue reading

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Mini-Reviews: Children’s Books

Immi’s Gift Karin Littlewood 32 pages Publication Year: October 1, 2010 Publisher: Peachtree Source: Publisher Summary: Immi is a young lonely girl living in an icy land. One day as she goes fishing, she finds a little wooden bird. The … Continue reading

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Review: Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon

Zora and Me Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon 192 pages Publication Date: October 12, 2010 Publisher: Candlewick Source: Personal Library Young Zora Neale Hurston can spin a story in a way that no one else can. Whether she’s talking about … Continue reading

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Banned Book Review: Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret

Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret Judy Blume 140 pages Publication Year: 1970 Publisher: Yearling Are you there, God? It’s me, Margaret. We’re moving today. I’m so scared God. I’ve never lived anywhere but here. Suppose I hate my … Continue reading

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Banned Book Review: In the Night Kitchen

In The Night Kitchen Maurice Sendak 40 Pages Publication Year: 1970 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers It’s night and Mickey is in bed trying to sleep when he hears a strange noise. After shouting for silence, the young boy falls through the … Continue reading

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Read-along: Touch Magic by Jane Yolen

I’ve been a bad blogger! This week I had much of my blogging schedule mixed up plus with the semester ending, my days have been hectic. I was supposed to post my part of the read-along that I did with … Continue reading

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Review: The Magickeepers Book Two: The Pyramid of Souls

Magickeepers: Book 2: The Pyramid of Souls Erica Kirov 162 pages Publication Date: May 1, 2010 Publisher: Sourcebooks Source: Publisher I think I enjoyed The Pyramid of Souls even more than I did The Eternal Hourglass, which is the first … Continue reading

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Review: Magickeepers Book 1: The Eternal Hourglass

Magickeepers Book 1: The Eternal Hourglass Erica Kirov 256 pages Publication Date: May 1, 2009 Publisher: Sourcebooks Source: Publisher Nick Rostov is a young boy who’s life is about to change. He lives in a rundown casino with his father, … Continue reading

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2009 Children’s Books Notables

Here’s the thing you should remember about this list: Not every book on this list was published this year. Every book on this list was read this year. Each book caught my kids’ attention and held it, becoming a huge … Continue reading

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Two Christmas Books for Children

Mrs. Claus Explains It All (2008) Written by Elsbeth Claus. Illustrated by David Wenzel Review copy from Publisher In Mrs. Claus Explains it All, Mrs. Claus answers the questions that real kids have, from how Santa’s reindeer received their names … Continue reading

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What My Children Are Reading – July 16th

This is a meme started by Jill over at Well-Read Child. For some reason this week has been really laid back. I don’t think any of us over here has read as much as we wanted to except for my … Continue reading

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The Ghost’s Child

The Ghost’s Child (2008) Sonya Hartnett 176 pages Young Adult Fiction Matilda, an elderly woman, comes home one afternoon to find a young boy sitting in her living room waiting for her. She has no idea who he is or … Continue reading

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Three books by Sarah Stewart

I learned from the last read-a-thon that a great way to pass time and feel like you’re accomplishing something is to read children’s books. They help to settle your mind between the readings of bigger, more intense stories. Within a … Continue reading

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Bird by Rita Murphy

Bird by Rita Murphy (2008) 150 pages Middle school fiction From the inside flap: Miranda has no recollection of where she came from-only that years ago, a gust of wind deposited her outside Bourne Manor. The Manor’s sole inhabitant, Wysteria … Continue reading

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Weekly Geeks: Your inner child and poetry

This week’s Weekly Geeks is the brainchild of Becky. I have to say this week’s assignment is tied with my absolute favorite assignment which is a quote a day. Option A: Be a kid. You could read a picture book … Continue reading

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Hansel and Gretel

I should be honest–as much as I like fairy tales I’ve never really cared for Hansel and Gretel. A brother and sister being left in a forest to starve and die by their cruel stepmother and cowardly father. Then for … Continue reading

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Day one summary

In total I read four books today: The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling, The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood, Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis, and I know an old lady who swallowed fly guy by Tedd … Continue reading

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The Tale of Despereaux

This is my newest favorite book! The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo is a book about a mouse, a princess named Pea, a rat, and a slow-witted girl. This is such a great book. I started the book this … Continue reading

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