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April 30, 2020

When your child tells you he doesn't like reading, what he's saying is that he hasn't found the right book yet. He just doesn't know it. I believe that it only takes one soul-moving book to get a kid reading. But the variety of books is overwhelming.  How do we choose...

April 28, 2020

Let's face it, our lives have changed, and I believe that life, as we know it won't be the same until a vaccine for Covid-19, is available. I have a feeling we're going to be in our homes longer than we expected. But the good thing about staying home is that if you've...

April 6, 2020

Meet Sam. He's the comical, seven-year-old in the new Sam the Man series by Frances O'Roark Dowell. All he wants to do is make money. But he's too young to work jobs like his older sister Annabelle--mowing the lawn for twenty bucks a pop. But he knows a few things abou...

March 23, 2020

Meet Nixie Ness, the main character in the first title, Nixie Ness Cooking Star by Claudia Mills, in the After-School Superstar series. Third graders, Nixie and Grace, have been best friends since they were two. Every day after school, Grace stays at Nixie's house unti...

March 18, 2020

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The Big Game, by Tim Green, is an entertaining book for kids Grades 2-6. I read this to my son a few years back, and we LO...

October 31, 2019

I was casually looking through my home library to pick out a few Halloween books for my Kindergarten classes and found myself in an emotional meltdown.  The books sent me back to those cozy autumn evenings when my kids were little, curled up with books and blankets. Al...

May 10, 2019

If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen, takes Fixer Upper to a whole new level. It's a creative book that dives into the world of limitless architecture. Told in rhyme, a boy's vision runs wild with only a piece of paper and pencil.  The boxy, boring, and basically blan...

April 26, 2019

If you're a baseball fan, you won't want to miss the amazing opportunity that is taking place in Pittsburgh next week. But before I get into the details, I want to take a minute to share the book Dugout Devotions by Del Duduit.

The book shares 30 da...

February 28, 2019

Rosie Revere, Iggy Peck, and Ada Twist are three characters on the STEM picture book scene, instilling the wonder of exploration and problem solving in kids nationwide. Written by Andrea Beaty, these books have great hooks and vintage illustrations. Not only do they ta...

January 8, 2019

If you like teaching lessons in fable form, What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada is the book for you. This is a story that both young and old can relate to. Facing the struggles we have with our ideas, including the fear of rejection, this book shares a common t...

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