The Book Bag, Books for Ages 5 to 8 (September/October 2008)

It was hard to keep this to a small pile. There have been lots of great books from our reviewers this time. How the Moon Regained Her Shape written by Janet Ruth Heller, illustrated by Ben Hodson. The moon loved to dance. She was full of happiness, until one day she crossed in front of the sun. The moon was deeply hurt by the sun’s mean words, and she began shrinking. It wasn’t until a comet friend encouraged her to visit Round Arms that she understood how the world appreciated her. “This is a nice twist on the traditional folktale about the moon. The illustrations add to distinguishing the book, as the moon is dressed in colorful garb. We also … Read more

The Book Bag, Books for Ages 5 to 8 (July/August 2008)

It was really tough selecting just a few really great books for this edition of the Book Bag. What I love about this collection is that there is a great diversity of topics: from folktales and humor to nature and science. We also highlighted a pair of illustrated chapter books great for sharing together AND reading independently (second/third grade). We don’t get many of those. Bee & Me by Elle J. McGuinness, illustrated by Heather Brown. When a bee comes into his house, a young boy gets the chance to overcome his fear and learn about all the things bees do for us. Young readers will love the Ani-motion™ panels that help the bee move, the dog run, and other … Read more

The Book Bag, Books for ages 9 to 12, July/August 2008

This is probably one of the more melancholy Book Bags I post all year. We’ve read lots of great books all summer, but now, kids are heading back to school. For this age group, in particular, it is a lot harder to squeeze in these read-for-fun books when so much other required reading fills their time. Speaking of required reading …Head over to TubTalk to see A Rare Sunday Post about what teens think of all this reading we have planned for them. You’ll also get a link to Shelly Tremaglio’s essay, For the Love of Reading – A Book-loving Teen’s Perspective. The Songweavers (Notherland Journeys trilogy) by Kathleen McDonnell. This is a fascinating, allegorical journey about what happens to … Read more