Happy New Year – Ringing in 2014 with the Cybils

Happy  New Year! Midnight shmidnight … The best way to ring in a happy new year is to celebrate all of the children’s and young adult books on the CYBILS shortlist! We are introducing the finalists in the Easy Reader and Early Chapter Book Category here, and we hope you’ll join the celebration. Pop over to the CYBILS blog to see the shortlists for your favorites in the other 10 categories! Share your #Cybils love on Twitter. Without further ado … oh, wait! Before I go on I want to thank my most awesomest panel – Jennifer, who blogs at Jean Little Library Janssen Bradshaw, who blogs at Everyday Reading Danielle Leach, who blogs at Bookshelves in the Cul-de-Sac  Deb Nance, who … Read more

Encyclopedia Brown Inspires Readers – No Mystery There

The Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J Sobol has inspired and hooked kids as readers for nearly 50 years. What makes these books enduring? What clues do they give us about connecting kids with the right book at the right time? Read more

Young Adult to Picture Books: Reading Tub Bookmarks February

Three books stood out for Reading Tub readers and reviewers this month: Carlyn Beccia’s award-winning book I Feel Better With a Frog in My Throat; Jim Arnosky’s Thunder Birds, and The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. See Reading Tub mini reviews. Read more