Books We Read – November

November 2009 [Books received: 28; books read: 52] Wow! What a month! Lots of fun reading, both for the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards (Cybils) and just for fun as we started sharing some holiday stories. Check out the Kids Picks (KP) this month … lots of nonfiction. [Yeah!] I love trying to figure out the rhyme or reason for the kid picks, too. I’m not sure there really is one, but its still fun. Our reviewers were busy, too.  We received 30 reviews of middle grade and YA books from one of our Use Your ABC’s classrooms. There are a few here, but most are still being loaded into the Book bag. As you’ll see, we’ve got … Read more

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

Holiday Books for Sharing with Kids

Yeah! The holidays are here. Once those first few damp/cold November days have settled us into the season, I’m always ready to get the holidays started. The smells, the giggles, the magic, the traditions. One of our family traditions – started Catherine’s first Christmas (6 weeks) –  is that Daddy reads Clement C. Moore’s A Visit from St. Nick, which most of us know as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve. This weekend, after the turkeys and pumpkins are put away, we’ll pull out the library of holiday stories to enjoy for the next few weeks. For each of the last 6 years, we’ve been adding a new book (okay, maybe two three) to the Christmas library. In … Read more