re: Books and dad

Here’s to Dad … my dad, the lover of books who thankfully shared a “book” gene with me. Thanks, Dad … you couldn’t have given me a greater gift. Well, there was that Barbie van I really wanted when I was six … Other people talk about their life as a journey. I look at mine as chapters. I’m one of the lucky ones whose life story includes Dad … and he’s played all kinds of roles, from hero to villain (think teenager), to friend, cheerleader, and sage. Ironically, there is no chapter where Dad read bedtime stories every night as a little girl. Still, we both have vivid memories of reading as children. He remembers those “little orange biographies” … Read more

The Book Bag, Books for ages 9 to 12, March/April 2008

Before we jump into the Book bag to talk about some of our favorite Tween and YA books, I want to let you know about a new blog we’ve found. Fusion Stories is the place to go find new novels with Asian American protagonists that aren’t immigrant stories nor set in Asia.All We Know of Heaven; A Novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard. I had the chance to read this one myself. I’m not one to seek out “chick lit,” but I am glad I read this one. You can read my personal review at What Happens Next. Click the title to see the Reading Tub review. (HarperCollins Publishers, 2008) The Curse of Addy McMahon by Katie Davis. Kids and parents (especially … Read more

Reading Ahead – Books for ages 5 to 8 (Mar/Apr 2008)

Champion Sleeper! by Tim Young. The book cover is a Bassett hound sleeping on a pillow next to a trophy. Thumbing through it, the illustrations just made me smile. (Murphy’s Bone Publishing, 2008) The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French. The woman on the cover (and her discription on the back) will remind you of Cruella de Ville. I am intrigued that this is a chapter book for 7- to 9-year-olds. We don’t see many of those. (Candlewick Press, 2008) Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express by Megan McDonald. Picture this: a VW bus with a banner on the front that says “Squeals on Wheels.” The art may not be final, but the picture made me laugh out loud. … Read more