The Holiday Book Bag, December 2005

We have forty seasonal titles in our virtual book bag. This is our collection of books worthy of your holiday library. Whether you are sharing a picture book with a young pre-reader or have an independent reader looking for something a little more “grown up,” there’s something for everyone on our list. Arctic Airlift by Richard Ross. When Robert, listening on his radio in the Midwest, learns from an Airship Captain that the Polar Ice Pack has cracked in several places, he knew that could spell trouble for Santa, and Christmas. Can Robert get help to Santa from where he sits in Middle. This is a Santa story. [ ages 7 to 10] Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera. Sophie is … Read more

The Book Bag, Books for Ages 4 to 8, November/December 2005

Yes, I know it’s a little late for a November-related post, but we had nearly 40 reviews in November, so it took a bit to get them all up on the web site. Here are some of our favorite non-seasonal books. I am posting a separate Holiday Book Bag with great tales for all ages! My Little Book of [Wood Ducks, Painted Turtles, Burrowing Owls, Timber Wolves, White Tails and River Otters] by Hope Irvin Marston. This is a non-fiction picture book series that follows animals from birth through their first year of life. Our reviewer raved about all of them and the fact that her kids wanted to pretend to be some of the animals. NOTE: The title links … Read more

The Book Bag, Books for Ages 4 to 8, October 2005

Well, we only posted reviews for about twenty-five books this month. Still, that makes it plenty hard enough to whittle out just a few to be highlighted in the Book Bag. Next month look for reviews of holiday books. We’ll try to get our list out around Thanksgiving.Adventures of Riley: Mission to Madagascar by Amanda Lumbry and Laura Hurwitz. Riley and family are in search of the rare aye-aye Lemur. The book is crammed with fun stuff to do and learn. It covers geography, nature, animal habitat, conservation in just a couple dozen pages. The passport is a great way to encourage additional global discoveries and learning.An African ABC by Jacqui Taylor. This ABC book features plants, animals and culture … Read more