Crayons Make Great Gifts, Too

Crayons?! you say? Yes, it’s true. Crayons, markers, chalk – all offer endless possibilities for the lucky person who holds them. Plus, coloring and drawing are activities that can be done alone or shared. Today’s post shares some gift ideas for artsy kids of all ages.  Art supplies often pair very well with a “how-to” book. Susie Brooks’ Get into Art series introduces kids to artists and famous works of art, while at the same time giving them the encouragement to try their hand at specific techniques, as well as experiment and be create their own projects. Crayons and Creativity This collection of of recommendations focuses on books that engage readers with hands-on activities and exploration. Many of the links … Read more

Updated! YA Novel Preview – 2 books tackle the toughest stuff

There is something really, awesomely cool when two books by two different authors but with similar themes come into our reading life at about the same time. It happened to me this summer, when I received ARCs for Hello? by Liza Wiemer and Breath to Breath by Craig Lew. These are two YA novels that you’ll want to keep an eye on. The title links above go to their Goodreads pages so you can add them to your TBR pile. Hello? by Liza Wiemer Like most teens, Tricia, Emerson, Angie, Brenda, and Brian are absorbed in their own lives, past and present. At nearly 18, Tricia is teetering between the overwhelming grief of losing her last living relative, pressure from a local … Read more

Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford #TBT

Wow! We are already halfway through the nomination period for this year’s Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards. Have you nominated any books yet? All month long, our Throwback Thursday review will feature a Cybils-nominated book. We’re not going too far back for this review so that we can represent lots of different Cybils categories. So this week we have last year’s finalist (and ultimate winner in the Middle Grade Fiction category: Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford. If you’ve read this title – or any book by Dean Pitchford – be sure to include a link to your review! Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013 Merry Christmas. Not hardly. Sam Brattle (11) doesn’t have much to … Read more