The Bookbag, Books for Ages 8 to 12, March/April 2006

During these past two months, we’ve had a slew of middle- and advanced-reader books. The good news is, our reviewers liked a lot of what they saw, especially for boys! Here are some of their favorites, presented in alphabetical order. Notice that not all of them were written/published within the last year! 100 American Women Who Shaped American History by Deborah G. Felder. Meet some incredible women. Learn how they dedicated their talent; expended their effort; sacrificed their comfort and ease; and made a life-long commitment to make a positive contribution to life in America. The selection of the heroines is all-inclusive, be they politicians, artists, doctors, scientists, astronauts, athletes, journalists or poets, all fields of human endeavor are represented. … Read more

The Bookbag, Books for Ages 4 to 8, March/April 2006

It’s been a very busy spring … plenty of great books to choose from. Here are some of our favorites, presented in alphabetical order. Dumplings are Delicious by Deb Capone. Rain, a six-year-old girl, loves to make jiăozi (jow-za), a Chinese dumpling, with her mom. When she takes some to school for lunch one day, she learns that all over the world, families love to create, fill, and share dumplings. There is something in this book for everyone: adoptive families, learning about new cultures, celebrating personal history, and cooking! (As Simple As That, LLC, 2005) Gorp’s Dream: A Tale of Diversity, Tolerance, and Love in Pumpernickel Park by Sherri Chessen. According to our preschooler, “This is a good book. If … Read more