Book Review Milestone: How to Outswim a Shark by Jess Keating

We thought we’d make it last year, but we came up just short. Today, though, I’m thrilled (and awed) to report that we have published book review 2,400. Our milestone review is Jess Keating’s latest title in the My Life is a Zoo series. Frankly, I can’t remember the last time we published a book review for a newly released book. [The book launched on January 6, 2015.] So it feels odd – and kinda cool – to be part of the initial buzz surrounding a new title. One of the things that sets our book reviews apart is that we want our visitors to get as many opinions about a book as possible. So if you’ve had a chance … Read more

Book Review Milestone: Unspoken by Henry Cole is #2225

Unspoken, a Story from the Underground Railroad written and illustrated by Henry Cole Scholastic Press, 2012 What an apropos book to be our 2,225 book review. A wordless picture book that left us speechless. I was speechless when I saw the review count after I hit “publish,” too. Progress. If all goes well – and the kiddos stop getting snow days – we’ll be hitting 2,500 within the next few months. Stay tuned. My primary project for 2014 is to reduce that To-Be-Reviewed pile over there to almost nothing. Each week, I set a target to get six book reviews written and/or published. Three for books that I’ve read over the last two years, three from our Teen Star Review … Read more

Friendship First: An Interview with Matthew Stein

Yes, we have an interview with *that* Matthew Stein. Author of the best-selling books When Tech Fails and When Disaster Strikes, and columnist for the Huffington Post. Bet you didn’t know that he is also a children’s book author? Yep. Mat finished out 2013 celebrating his first children’s book Geronimo the Frog. Here we’ll talk about the origins of Geronimo the Frog and some of Mat’s favorite children’s books. Readers interested in learning more about the book’s back story, as well as Mat’s publishing journey can read more of our interview on The Reading Tub® website. Friendship First RT: I am sure everyone is wondering why I chose “friendship first” for our interview title, so let me start there. When I read Geronimo the Frog, … Read more