book reviews

February 16, 2017

American Ace by Marilyn Nelson

Engaging and short, one teenager’s search for answers will leave readers wanting to learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen.   American Ace by Marilyn Nelson.  Dial Books, […]
February 13, 2017

Rapid Fire: 10 Recent Award-Winning Picture Books

Rapid Fire: a quick, “rapid fire” list of mini-book reviews. Janie and I love to prognosticate the Newbery Award, discuss possible contenders, and dialogue during the announcement itself! […]
February 5, 2017

Straight Talk About the Birds and the Bees

This is a review specifically for parents; librarians and teachers may benefit as well, but children should ask their parents first before reading further. This is also part […]
January 17, 2017

4 Excellent New Picture Books

[Reviews and recommendations from Pamela!] Four excellent new picture books to enjoy with the children in your life–worth seeking out as all are starred reviews! *The […]
January 16, 2017

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier

A wildly imaginative middle grades fantasy about the power of stories and the lengths to which we must go to protect them. Sophie Quire and the […]
December 30, 2016

*Anna Hibiscus Series by Atinuke

An illustrated chapter book series set in contemporary Africa that celebrates large families, its childlike protagonist, and traditional values. Enjoy this review from the archives! Originally published June […]
December 30, 2016

*Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobol

A modest, well-read boy detective solves crimes great and small in these classic mysteries. Enjoy this post from the archives! (originally published July 8, 2015) *Encyclopedia […]
December 30, 2016

*The Imagination Station (Series) by Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker

More than simply a “Christian version” of the popular Magic Treehouse books, the Imagination Station books are a solid chapter book time travel series. Enjoy this post from our […]