Madam President by Lane Smith a Picture Book for #TBT

Looking for a little fun and inspiration this election season? Look no further than Lane Smith’s Madam President. We found it to be a wonderful way to introduce hard-to-explain concepts. For example, kids understand that they need to say only kind things, but they don’t generally say “I’m being diplomatic.” Madam President explains diplomacy in a way that parallels a child’s experiences. We’d love to add your review of Madam President to our Throwback Thursday review … after all, what’s a republic without discussion and sharing ideas? Madam President written and illustrated by Lane Smith Hyperion Books for Children, 2008 A president’s work is never done. Follow along with a young girl as she handles all of her duties: meeting with … Read more

Lori Ries’ Aggie & Ben Series – #TBT Reviews

Welcome back fans & friends! This week’s Throwback Thursday is going to the dogs. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. We are our continuing celebration of all things Cybils with a throwback to TWO Lori Ries books: Good Dog, Aggie (Cybils 2009) and Aggie the Brave (Cybils 2010 nominee). Both books were nominated in the Easy Reader category. Just a reminder. Today is the last day for nominations for the 2015 cycle. There are ten categories, and we won’t know about your great recommendations if you don’t nominate them! Good Dog, Aggie written by Lori Ries illustrated by Frank W. Dormer Charlesbridge, 2009 Ben is trying to train his dog Aggie, who just flunked out of obedience school. When he says sits, … Read more

Wolf Pie by Brenda Seabrooke a #TBT Book Review

As y’all know, I am a H-U-G-E fan of the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards. The judging application process has just ended, which means the really fun part is about to begin: nominating books. This week – and for the next few weeks – we’re going to feature CYBILS-nominated books for our Throwback Thursday book reviews. This week it is Brenda Seabrooke’s Wolf Pie, a nominee in the Easy Reader / Short Chapter book category for the 2010 Cybils. Wolf Pie by Brenda Seabrooke illustrated byLiz Callen Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010 Remember the 3 little pigs? This is the modern version of the story. The wolf starts out being the big bad wolf, but learns to be friends with … Read more