Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories #ReadYourWorld

I am very excited to be part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016 and #ReadYourWorld. Not just as a reviewer, but as a reader who loves the exploring, adventure, and learning found in children’s books. This year I am exploring Cambodia and Vietnamese children’s literature. #ReadYourWorld is more than just a catchy hashtag. As readers, we inherently understand mirrors, windows, and doors. In books we travel through time and space; meet amazing and interesting people; and explore unreal places. It’s what we do. It’s what we love about books and sharing our favorites. On the websites of the events 12 co-hosts (see links below) there are lots of ideas. Visit them to discover children’s literature that celebrates cultures, traditions, and personal … Read more

Roscoe Riley Rules Throwback Thursday!

Welcome November! The end of Daylight Savings Time is the (unofficial) start of Cuddle Up with a Book season! We thought we’d kick it off with the Roscoe Riley Rules series. Katherine Applegate’s illustrated chapter series is a perfect read aloud for mixed audiences, and laugh-out-loud practice for nearly independent readers. We started reading this series with our 7-year old daughter as a read-aloud before bedtime. By the time book three arrived on the scene, she was devouring them without us! Our #TBT Review selection includes four books from the series, and we welcome reviews of any of the books in the series. Add them to our linkup or in the comments! Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends … Read more

a Pirate #TBT Review – Alex and the Ironic Gentleman

Ahoy matey! It’s Thursday already, and this week we’ve pulled one of our favorite girl power – actually girl pirate! – stories from the review archive. Do you have a favorite Adrienne Kress book? Add your link to our weekly MEME so that more readers can find it. Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress Weinstein Books, 2007 Alexandra Morningside never liked the Wigpowder-Steele Academy … until sixth grade, that is. When Alex learns that Mr. Underwood, her teacher, is a descendant of the Infamous Wigpowder, founder and pirate, she volunteers to help him claim his inheritance. Not as easy as it sounds, especially when Mr. Underwood is kidnapped! And so her journey toward finding (and becoming) a pirate … Read more