The Book Bag, Books for Ages 5 to 8 (May/June 2008)

It has been a very busy two months, and we’ve got lots of books in this target audience. As you can see, we modified our format to include book cover images. Click on the title to read our review; click on the cover to visit the bookseller page. Archibald’s Swiss Cheese Mountain by Sylvia Lieberman, illustrated by Jeremy Wendell. Archibald has great facial expressions. When you combine a cute mouse, bright colors, and big fonts, kids are sure to follow! This was a find at Book Expo America. (Seven Locks Pres, 2008) Cinder Rabbit by Lynn E. Hazen, illustrated by Elyse Pastel. Zoe should be thrilled; she just got the lead part in Cinder Rabbit, her class play. At the … Read more

The Book Bag, Books for Ages 0 to 4 (March/April 2008)

The Day I Swapped My Dad for a Goldfish by Neil Gaiman. Watch out, Dad! Older brother has big plans: he’s going to trade you for goldfish. His little sister isn’t so sure about this. And then Mom finds out, but the deal has already been struck. Now what? How will they get him back? “I loved this book. I was as immersed in the incredible idea of being able to trade an adult authority figure away if I wished so – as was my five year old co-reader. Some of the best humor is in the illustrations, and these should not be overlooked lest you miss the joke!” (HarperCollins Publishers, 2004) A Horse’s Tale; A Colonial Williamsburg Adventure by … Read more

The Book Bag, Books for Ages 5 to 8, March/April 2008

Come Look with Me: Discovering Women Artists for Children by Jennifer Tarr Coyne. There is something for everyone in this collection of 12 paintings, and you don’t need to know a lot about art to enjoy it. You’ll find information about the artist, the painting, and questions to engage your reader. They will stimulate the reader’s curiosity and provide much food for thought and discussion. (Lickle Publishing, 2005) Come Look with Me: Discovering African American Art for Children by James Haywood Rolling, Jr. This is another in this series of books designed to introduce children to the fine arts. Our reviewer: “When I taught school, I used art in my history classes (high school level) to set context. This project … Read more