The Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition Book Review & Giveaway

No certainly this can’t be true? Has it really been 30 years since that magical Christmas tale of a train pulling up into a young boys front yard and hurling him over hill and dale until he reaches the North Pole? Oh, with hot chocolate of course. To my astonishment, it’s true. Thirty years later, […]

The Wild Book by Margarita Engle and a look at dyslexia

One of the things I greatly admire is the ability of Newbury award-winning author Margarita Engle of creating an immersive experience in her books. She does this in a variety of ways. First she not only creates characters that we attach to immediately but somehow identify with even if we’ve never met such a person […]

Raising A Rock-Star Reader

I’ve been excited for this day to come for a really long time. Two long time blogging friends, Amy Mascott from the blog Teach Mama and Allison McDonald from the blog No Time for Flashcards are releasing their new book today Raising a Rock-Star Reader: 75 Tips to Help Your Child Develop a Lifelong Love […]

Native American Heritage Month: The Hunter’s Promise

  I first saw this book when it was in galley form and it was breathtaking then. Actually holding the book in my hands is an experience I’m very happy with. The Hunter’s Promise: An Abenaki Tale told by long time story-teller and author Joseph Bruchac and beautifully illustrated by Bill Farnsworth is a beautiful […]

Serafina and the Black Cloak Book Review and Extension Activities

I have to say RUN, as fast as you can to your nearest bookstore and get this book. My word, what an incredible read! This book is a masterfully told thriller with loads of mystery, intrigue, setting, and spookiness. It is storytelling at it’s finest. We are celebrating Halloween this year by jumping into the fine pages […]

All Hallow’s Eve Press Review by Donna Davis

In the mood for some frightfully fun and spooky reads? Donna Davies, the Halloween Queen, channels her love of this haunting holiday into her charming, comical children’s books. She has released six books, including a coloring book, that all center around the legends of All Hallow’s Eve. Ms. Davies is a staunch supporter of local […]

The Otter, the Spotted Frog and the Great Flood Book Review & Extension Activity

Over the years my family has enjoyed reading a variety of “great flood” tales from our local Blount County Library. This month found us enjoying the Creek Indian version called, The Otter, the Spotted Frog and the Great Flood by Gerald Hausman and beautifully illustrated by Ramon Shiloh. In this version, spotted frog announces to […]

A Day of Fun and Reading With the Penderwicks

We’ve spent a lot of time lately at the Blount County Library in Maryville, Tennessee. When asked which book I should review, all of the kids gave a resounding answer; The Penderwicks. The Penderwicks: A summer Tale of Four Sisters,Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall is filled with adventure, mystery, suspense, […]

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

I have to say that several generations of this family have been greatly inspired by Albert Einstein. On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne, Illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky is a brilliant work of art and incredible simple, clean and concise storytelling leaving the reader inspired and ready to embrace […]