Monthly Archives: December 2016

Creative Nonfiction for Young Readers

If You Were the Moon By Laura Purdie Salas Illustrated by Jaime Kim Children are naturally curious creatures. They love discovering new things and can’t stop asking questions about the world around them. One thing that has fascinated mankind throughout history and that still fascinates children today is the moon. “Helloooooooooo up there, Moon!” A […] Continue reading

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The Whale

the Whale by Ethan and Vita Murrow is a beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of two young whale watchers going in search of the legendary Great Spotted Whale.  It has been fifty years since the last sighting and the two teenagers decided independently to prove the existence of their town’s  harbor legend.  Both set […] Continue reading

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Follow Mountain Mouse’s Mischief!

Review by Charlotte Jeanne Follow the Mountain Mouse as he climbs a camel’s hump, swims in the cat’s water bowl, sleeps in an eagle’s nest, and plays near shark infested waters in I am the Mountain Mouse by Gianna Marino. While mischief is a fairly common topic in children’s literature, this book is unique and […] Continue reading

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Winner Wednesdays

The book, Rex, by Simon James tells the story of a tiny baby tryannosaurus who searches for his place in the dinosaur world. As soon as baby Rex hatches, he stumbles upon a big, scary tyrannosaurus, convinced that this is his father. This large and terrifying dinosaur has a reputation for scaring every stegosaurus, brontosaurus, […] Continue reading

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I Dissent – Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

I Dissent – Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Written by Debbie Levy Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley I Dissent uses the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish woman on the US Supreme Court, to tell a powerful story speaking up for what is right. The book tells Ginsburg’s story, from her humble upbringing […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursday: The Christmas Boot

For today’s traditional Thursday, The Christmas Boot has been selected. This story is written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. It was published in 2016 by Dial Books for Young Readers, although a version of this story was also previously published in 2006 by Mitten Press. Any child would be drawn to this book […] Continue reading

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The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present

The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present by Harriet Muncaster is a cute story about a very tiny girl named Clementine and her Christmas adventure. Clementine enjoys being tiny for the most part, but on Christmas Santa always brings her gifts that are too big for her! Clementine decides that it’s time to tell Santa how tiny she […] Continue reading

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Tell me a story

What do you value over everything else when it comes to video games? For me it’s story, every time.  I don’t care if it’s an old game or if the graphics are just bad, or if the gameplay is a little clunky, or if it’s too long or short of a game.  If it has … Continue reading “Tell me a story” Continue reading

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Maple & Willow’s Christmas Tree

Maple & Willow’s Christmas Tree by Lori Nichols is an adorable story of two sisters who seek out to find the perfect Christmas tree. All is good and well until Maple realizes she is allergic to the Christmas tree! This leads to a creative ending of a makeshift Christmas tree that both Maple and Willow […] Continue reading

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Not Just Another Christmas Story

With the holiday season coming up what better way to get in the spirit than some children’s’ literature? Today we are taking a look at “Refuge” a short picture book written by Anne Booth and illustrated Sam Usher. Although based on a classic biblical story, this unique retelling of the Nativity scene has an interesting unforeseen […] Continue reading

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