Reading Ahead – December

These are the review previews Picture Books (all ages) This just looks adorable, and the back cover is a great little map. ___________ An Illustrated Guide to Mythical Creatures by Anita Ganeri; illustrated by David West (Hammond  World Atlas, 2009) This is a text-heavy picture book for older audiences. The illustrations are fascinating and have a “read more” quality about them. ____________ The name of the series is what grabbed me immediately: A Catching the Reading Bug Book! Magic Words and its companion book Magic Letters: The Keys to the World of Words like a creative way to help kids understand word families and build stories at the same time. ___________ Mommy Draw Stars The author describes this book as … Read more

Reading Ahead – October

Welcome to the latest edition of Reading Ahead, our bimonthly list of new arrivals that have cover appeal! These are the books that give you that first impression that they’ve got real potential for engaging kids with books. The links will take you to the profile page on the website. If you’ve read and reviewed this book, we’d love to add your thoughts to the discussion. Click on the title here and then add your link via Mr. Linky. October is looking like a super-fabulous month. First, I had a guest post at Booklights! Then there is KidLitCon09 coming this weekend. THEN, there’s the Cybils AND THEN, thanks to Jen’s blog housekeeping post about a new book list widget, I … Read more

Reading Ahead – August

Welcome to our roundup of new arrivals that have cover appeal! Every two months, we publish this list of books that at first glance look like they could hook kids on reading. This edition is a little different because I did a post-Book Expo America list, so we there are two lists for June/July.  Some of these are brand new books, some of them are just new to us. As crazy as it may sound, we are turning away requests to donate books. We have received nearly400 books so far this year, and we want to keep a “steady pace” of processing them (cataloging, reading, reviewing, placing with a reader in need). This month we’ll be placing more than 100 … Read more