Reading Ahead – Books for ages 9 to 12 (November 2007)

The Diamond Traitors by S Brooke. The double entendre alone is enough to make me want to pick up this book. Rally Caps by Stephen J. Cutler. This one caught my eye on two points. First, it’s a book for boys in that hard-to-reach 8 to 12 audience. Second, the back cover says it was inspired by Cal Ripken. I was born in Baltimore and grew up an Orioles fan … and Cal is just one of those people who, when it comes to fame, did it right! Hidden by Dotti Enderle. I am a HUGE Enderle fan … she writes great stuff. Galahad 2: The Web of Titan and Galahad 3: The Cassini Code by Dom Testa. Our reviewers … Read more


Here is our list of children’s books that can add a wonderful tradition to your holidays. It’s been two years since we published our holiday book bag, so you’ll find lots of new titles! Whether you are sharing a picture book with a young pre-reader or have an independent reader looking for something a little more “grown up,” there’s something for everyone. Note: they are in alphabetical order. Arctic Airlift by Richard Ross. When Robert, listening on his radio in the Midwest, learns from an Airship Captain that the Polar Ice Pack has cracked in several places, he knew that could spell trouble for Santa, and Christmas. Can Robert get help to Santa from where he sits in Middle. This … Read more

Robert’s Snow Auction … the Excitement Builds

As you know if you’ve been visiting any children’s book blogs for the past few weeks, Robert’s Snow is an online auction that benefits Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Over 200 children’s book illustrators have created art on individual snowflake-shaped wooden templates. The snowflakes will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to cancer research. You can view all of the 2007 snowflakes here. Jules and Eisha from Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast have found a way for bloggers to help with this effort, by blogging about individual illustrators and their snowflakes. The idea is to drive traffic to the Robert’s Snow site so that many snowflakes will be sold, and much money raised to fight cancer. The illustrator profiles have been wonderful … Read more