Reading Ahead – Books for Ages 9 to 12 (September/October 2008

Books for this age group cover the waterfront not only for subjects but also in readability. Some kids in this range still prefer picture books, but they need more sophisticated content. Some are ready for full-length stories that verge on YA. Thankfully, authors and publishers cover the whole range. Here are a few things that we’re looking forward to reading over the winter. Click the book’s title to visit our website and get more details. Click the cover to connect with a bookseller. The Reading Tub uses its earnings from purchases to donate books to at-risk readers and keep the website subscription-free.Becoming Charlemagne: Europe, Baghdad, and the Empires of A.D. 800 by Jeff Sypeck. Unless you are in a parochial … Read more

Reading Ahead – Books for Ages 5 to 8 (November/December 2008)

The bulk of our new books these past two months have been seasonal titles for the holidays. Now that we have reviewed them, we’re looking forward to some of the others. Here are three that are resting near the top. Click the book’s title to visit our website and get more details. Click the cover to connect with a bookseller. The Reading Tub uses its earnings from purchases to donate books to at-risk readers and keep the website subscription-free. Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya written by Mary and Rich Chamberlain, illustrated by Julia Cairns. The illustrations in this book are wonderful. I haven’t read a word, but have spent some time just flipping through the pages to … Read more

Reading Ahead – Books for Ages 0 to 4 (November/December 2008)

In the coming month’s we’ll be reviewing these colorful board books for toddlers. More and more, books are coming out as “set,” which is nice for this age group. They like familiar characters and repetition. Click the book’s title to visit our website. Click cover to connect with a bookseller. The Reading Tub uses its earnings from purchases to donate books to at-risk readers and keep the website subscription-free. Cleo’s Alphabet and Cleo’s Color Book written and illustrated by Caroline Mockford. These are brightly colored titles with simple illustrations. What particularly grabbed my attention was their sturdiness (and some very cute kittens). (Barefoot Books, 2008) We recently received advance copies of four titles in the Just Like Us series: Having … Read more