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April 4, 2017

Story in verse is the new happenin' trend. And I like it! Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes is a story written in Tanka style poetry. Told in first person POV, the story is about an African American boy named Garvey. Garvey's dad tries to manipulate him into being s...

March 27, 2017

Do you ever stop and ask yourself why you do the things you do? What motivates you? Our human nature makes us prone to believe that if we do everything right, life will happen the way we plan. And when it doesn't, we get depressed or upset. Raymie Nightingale by t...

March 22, 2017

Kids love nonfiction books. The great ones have exploratory, vibrant qualities that engulf readers.  Kids get overjoyed. Sharing is a must! What a treat to see young faces light up in astonishment as they collectively peer over images of rare species, space discoveries...

March 20, 2017

My mind was at ease when I started reading the adult book my friend (and parent of avid readers) recommended.  It's called The Last Sin Eater, by Francine Rivers.  Cozy on the couch as winter purred outside the bay window, I anticipated an...

March 14, 2017

If you're a baseball mom, you know the scenario all too well. Two outs, two strikes and your ball loving son is up at bat. Usually, he holds his own.  A contributor to the team's success. But recently, he's been in a slump. Maybe this is it-the moment he crushes the ba...

March 4, 2017

Remember shows like Dallas, Knots Landing, and one of my all old-time favorites, Beverly Hills 90210? I have to admit, I love stories about rich people and evidently, I'm not alone. Families with money make for great dramas! We get wrapped up in a world of grand


February 21, 2017

Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White (author of Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, Trumpet of the Swan) by Melissa Sweet is for the eyes what Pop Rocks is for the mouth. Bighearted blasts for the soul, Melissa Sweet concocts the perfect eruption of real photographs, delic...

February 7, 2017

Caldecott Award winner They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel might give the first impression of being simple, however, it's anything but simple.  Charming readers with Monet meets Picasso style illustrations and evident understanding of perceptions, Wenzel cre...

February 1, 2017

"That day.

Always in my head.

Won't go away.

Always in the mirror.

Written on my face.

That day.

When the guys wallet was next to the credit card

swiper thing

at the checkout

and the manager and the guy looked out the window

at the car crash outside the grocery store.

My breath c...

January 28, 2017

The bustling city. New York City. I adore it.  The architecture, the diversity, the speeding vehicles all work together in unison weaving lives into a medley of city-song. So when I opened the pages to Before Morning by Joyce Sidman and Beth Krommes, I marveled at...

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