Blog Tour: The Dance of the Snow Tractors, Siena

Book Review: The Dance of the Snow Tractors, Siena and Illustrated by Shannon Wilvers   Picture Book Preschool: The Dance of the Snow Tractors, Siena and Illustrated by Shannon Wilvers   Siena, who lives in Canada, shares her story of how she spends a day after a large snowfall. The highlight of her day is […]

Book Review: Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, Suzanne Collins

Book Review: Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, The Underland Chronicles Book 2, Suzanne Collins   Shared Reading/Fantasy: Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, The Underland Chronicles Book 2, Suzanne Collins   New York teenager Gregor has successfully returned from the Underland with his toddler sister Boots after rescuing their father from his captivity at the paws […]

Book Review: Gregor the Overlander, Suzanne Collins

Book Review: Gregor the Overlander, The Underland Chronicles Book 1, Suzanne Collins   Shared Reading/Fantasy: Gregor the Overlander, The Underland Chronicles Book 1, Suzanne Collins   Gregor is eleven years old, living in a New York City apartment with his mother, grandmother, and two younger sisters. Forced to grow up quickly after the disappearance of […]

Book Review: Victories Greater than Death, Charlie Jane Anders

Book Review: Victories Greater than Death, Unstoppable Book 1, Charlie Jane Anders Young Adult/Science Fiction: Victories Greater than Death, Unstoppable Book 1, Charlie Jane Anders Publication Date April 21, 2021   Science fiction writers are known for their vivid imaginations. Fiction alone is one thing, but imagining things that just aren’t is something entirely different. […]

Blog Tour: Space Academy, Hannah Hopkins

Book Review: Space Academy, Hannah Hopkins   YA Science Fiction: Space Academy, Hannah Hopkins   Being an American, my familiarity with British education systems is quite limited. I assume that Hogwarts has some basis in fact. I’ve no idea what basis beyond the presence of young British students. Something, though. I’m pretty sure the sorting […]

Book Review: Because, Mo Willems

Book Review: Because, Mo Willems Picture Book: Because, Mo Willems   A girl’s spontaneous invitation to a concert inspires her lifelong love of music and her dream to be a composer. This lovely book is also a tribute to the all the people who contribute to a concert performance including the workers behind the scenes […]

Recipe & Review: Birthday Shortbread for Bilbo & Frodo Baggins

Recipe and Review: Birthday Shortbread for Bilbo & Frodo Baggins from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien Fantasy: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien September 22 is the shared birthday of Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggings, two of the most beloved book characters of all […]

Book Review: The Lost Words, Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris

Book Review: The Lost Words, Robert MacFarlane (author) and Jackie Morris (illustrator) Poetry: The Lost Words, Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris A hank of rope in the late hot sun; a curl of bark; a six, an eight: For adder is as adder basks. When a recent edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary was released, […]

Book Review: Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, Andrea D. Pinkney

Book Review: Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, Words by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Illustrations by Brian Pinkney Poetry:  Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, Andrea Davis Pinkney Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Three days later, I turned two years old. I only say that to put my age into […]