The Magic of Christmas Books

 Last week I spent my time catching up on my holiday book reviews (like two years worth of books in the TBR pile). I am thrilled to say that despite reading a baker’s dozen of various Christmas books, I still love the holiday. There is plenty of variety in the storytelling, and much to my wandering eyes didn’t appear any cloyingly sweet stories. Nary a repeat in the bunch – even The Night Before Christmas as interpreted by Barbara Reid and The Twelve Days of Christmas by Susan Jeffers – fit in the unique Christmas books category. Rather than pick my favorite Christmas books (can you really have a favorite?) I want to share three seasonal stories that you may … Read more

Ha! Ha! Laugh Out Loud Books for Reading with Kids

It has been a while since we’ve added to our Reading with Kids series … too long. In our first post, we shared our  favorite books with sounds. These are the books where the words are sounds. In the second post, we had fun with words. These are the stories with silly words. Made-up words Words that sound like you have marbles in your mouth.  Keeping with the idea that reading with kids is pure fun, we’ve pulled out some of our favorite books that make you laugh out loud … and read them again and again. Laugh Out Loud Books for Kids Old Mr. Mackle Hackle written by Gunar Madsen; illustrated by Irana Sheperd Little, Brown and Company, 2005 … 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