Gardens Grow Readers – More Gift Ideas

This may be the time when we “winterize” our gardens, but that doesn’t mean we have to put away our love for gardening! Besides, not all gardens grow outdoors … which leads me to our theme du’jour for literacy gift ideas for kids.  Gardens are gifts that Grow! For kids who like to play in the dirt, gardening is a wonderful activity. There are so many directions that you can go when you pair a garden-y book with an activity. From science to sociology (and even patience), there is lots of learning packed in your gift! Here are some gift idea pairs that are sure to … Pair your selected book with a kid-friendly gardening kit. For teens and young … Read more

YA Nonfiction – Bomb by Steve Sheinkin #TBT

So far, our Throwback Thursday book reviews have represented the Easy Reader and Middle Grade Fiction categories. This week, our category representative is YA Nonfiction. Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin won the 2012 Cybils in tye YA Nonfiction category. Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon written by Steve Sheinkin Flash Point, 2012 An InLinkz Link-up Why a Throwback Thursday for Book Reviews? Those of us who blog about books are a community. We read lots of books, we write lots of reviews, and we share those reviews with fellow book lovers and those in search of books for children and … Read more

Remembering September 11 – #TBT Book Review

Next Friday is the anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attack on US soil. It is always a bittersweet day, and over time our remembrances have embodied what we saw in the aftermath of this tragedy. Carmen Agra Deedy’s 14 Cows for America is one of those books. It is not the only book about September 11, 2001. So in the spirits of remembrance and reflection, I invite our readers to add links to their favorite books (not just our featured title) about the events of September 11. 14 Cows for America written by Carmen Agra Deedy in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah illustrated Thomas Gonzalez Peachtree Publishers, 2009 In June 2002, Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah returns to his village in Kenya. … Read more