In book 3 of the Infinity Ring series, Sera, Riq, and Dak travel to the year 1850 in the state of Maryland. Their mission is to fix a break in the time continuum that has something to do with the Underground Railroad and Harriett Tubman. With Riq being of African descent, he is immediately captured . . . → Read More: The Trap Door
Pluto Visits Earth! is classified as an Everybody Reads/Picture book, however it is chock full of science factoids. The story goes that Pluto has heard that he’s been downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet. He goes to the other planets to find out why and at each one the reader gets a nugget . . . → Read More: Pluto Visits Earth!
Stoeke, Janet Morgan
32 pages, 32 pages
Letting Go is the story about three hens who believe that a fox is up in an apple tree throwing the apples at them. They get hysterical because they are afraid the fox will come after them next. They run to get the rooster, but when he is almost hit by an apple, he runs . . . → Read More: The Loopy Coop Hens: Letting Go
Andersen Press USA
Mom’s are wonderful! They kiss our boo-boos, they play with us, read to us, and generally make all the icky things in the world better. For Little Princess, her mom made everything right. Then one day, Little Princess was invited to a sleepover, and although she was scared at first, it was alright. But it . . . → Read More: I Want My Mom!
4th through 7th
The Three Doors
Emily Rodda is a master at characterization and the making of a hero. Her heroes are not beautiful, strong people, but someone who is ordinary, like you and me. In reading her first book of her newest trilogy, The Golden Door, you connect with Rye, her new hero. Rye lives in Weld, a walled city . . . → Read More: The Golden Door
Cuento de Luz
This is the story of a cat who couldn’t have kittens and a chick whose mommy couldn’t take care of her. They took care of each other. People would always comment of how different they were and wondered what is was like to be so different. The lesson to be learned is that it’s okay . . . → Read More: Little Chick and Mommy Cat
The hoop genius is James Naismith, a high school gym teacher, with a class of rowdy boys that no one wanted. Naismith tried all sorts of games but to no avail. His boys were beat up and bandaged from the physicality of the games. Until one day he remembered a game from his own childhood . . . → Read More: Hoop Genius: How a desperate teacher and a rowdy gym class invented basketball
The Last Tiger is a treat to both your eyes and your soul. The story is about the last tiger left in the world, a world in which there no longer existed animals or trees or flowers. The environment was dirty and cluttered, filled with castoffs. People no longer cared. But Luka cared, and he . . . → Read More: The Last Tiger
Random House Australia
Colin Thompson is so clever and has a vivid imagination and gift of storytelling. Barry is an alien-made robot who came to planet earth with his makers, but got left behind. He doesn’t look like much, mostly put together from recycled cans and odds and ends. But he has a huge brain which is back . . . → Read More: Barry
Starcross was a delightful read! Reeve has the rare gift of being able to weave together big vocabulary and complex themes in a manner easily accessible to young audiences. At it’s core, Starcross, is the story of what would happen if Victorian era Britain was able to colonize the solar system. What I was most . . . → Read More: Starcross: A Stirring Adventure of Spies, Time Travel and Curious Hats
Hodder Children's Books
This is a young child’s board book with lift the flaps and pop-ups. It has bright, colorful illustrations that are well-balanced and visually pleasing. The characters are introduced the very first page, with Mr Croc and five of his friends. On each succeeding page, Mr Croc is invited to come and play and each time . . . → Read More: Come and Play Mr Croc
Maltbie, P. I.
This book is based on true events in the life of Mark Twain, better known as Samuel Clemens, the writer of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, when he lived in New York City. In an apartment in NYC, Clemens’ wife had died, his older daughter in a home because of severe depression and grief, and . . . → Read More: Bambino and Mr. Twain
As explained in the introduction by the author, John Yeoman, these folktales are not the common folktales frequently told, but are the older, oral folktales once told somewhere around the world by a storyteller long ago. The folktales mostly contain magic and it’s either the underdog or the innocent who are the victors. As the . . . → Read More: Quentin Blake’s Magical Tales
Every time I read an Amelia Rules! graphic novel, I start it and think it’s a hot mess and the story is all over the place, and this time is no different. But as I get into the story, there is always some redeeming quality of Amelia that wins me over and I end up . . . → Read More: Amelia in Heroes and Villains
This book gives a synopsis or brief biography of the important people on both sides of the American Revolution, along with an image of what the person looked like. As a teacher of the American Revolution to fifth graders, I appreciate the format in which the people are laid out as either Patriot, British, or . . . → Read More: Leaders and Generals of the American Revolution
Apples A to Z is an alphabet book demonstrating how each and every letter in the alphabet can relate to apples. I particularly enjoy the G is for grafting, V is for varieties, and Y is for yield, one I don’t usually see but make sense. (X and Z are pretty lame, but it always . . . → Read More: Apples A to Z
As part of the series, Asian Animals,Tigers gives a brief synopsis of how the continent was formed, the many languages contained therein, countries, culture, and people. There is a map of where the tigers actually live in Asia and how their habitat is shrinking due to change. The author mentions that there used to be . . . → Read More: Tigers
3rd thru 8th
Nardo does an excellent job of organizing this massive topic. He begins with an overview of Greek mythology and ancient history, relying on the Greek epic poet Hesiod (same era as Homer who is better known) to give his thoughts on the subject. He then moves into Chaos and explains the beginning of time, the . . . → Read More: The Gods and Goddesses of Greek Mythology
Van Vleet, Carmella
4th and up
Build It Yourself
Students who are interested in history or geography or travel, will love this book. It includes the seven wonders of the ancient world as the seven wonders of the newer world. The first seven are all located in the Mediterranean Sea area and the structures of the newer list include countries such as India, China . . . → Read More: Seven Wonders of the World
Charlie, short for Charlotte, is the daughter of a king who is slowly going mad. Ever since her mother, the queen, left in the middle of the night six years ago, the king has been lost and Charlie has been left on her own. A nasty housekeeper who thrives on punishing her, locking her in . . . → Read More: Castle of Shadows
This short book covers alot of information–everything you wanted to know about energy, and then some. Using aliens as the ‘spokespeople,’ this book covers the different forms of energy, where they come from and what they are used for. Also covered is using and saving energy and taking care of our earth. Broken into four . . . → Read More: Aliens and Energy
Pearce, Q. L.
4 and up
The Furies stem from Greek mythology and are represented by three sisters who guard and judge those who arrive the gates of Hades, and torture for eternity those who had commited crimes. Famous Greek myths are told to explain this vengeance. Greek gods were both benevolent and naughty, but it mattered not who you were, . . . → Read More: The Furies
Allen & Unwin
Just as the title explains, this is basically a travel journal featuring the highlights of various places across Australia, such as the Great Barrier Reef, the desert, the rainforest, and so on. Random anecdotal phrases strewn across each page. Difficult to grasp all concepts as I am unfamiliar with the Australian animals, but would be a . . . → Read More: To the Top End: Our Trip Across Australia
Rau, D. M.
A True Book
This is a fairly small book in size, the cover measuring 7.5 inches across and 8.5 top to bottom. Photos take up less than half of each page, with the rest devoted to explanations of various landforms, parks, rivers and lakes, mountains, vocanoes, just to name a few. The amount of variety is welcome as are . . . → Read More: U.S. Landforms
First Graphics; Wild Earth
In this first graphics version of a non-fiction book, illustrations and diagrams effectively show the various types of volcanoes, the causes of eruption, the effects of an eruption, and safety tips in case of an eruption. This is a great beginning earth science book. It looks as though all titles in this series are about . . . → Read More: Volcanoes!