Category Archives: R* – Highly Recommended

Books that are highly recommended

Take Heart My Child: a mother’s dream

This is a beautiful book.  It’s the kind you want to buy three copies of so that you always have a baby shower gift on hand.  It is a love poem between mother and child, sharing all the hopes and … Continue reading

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Mouseling’s Words

I love this book!  The illustrations are cute and full of personality. The story is a celebration of words, a celebration of daring to venture beyond our comfort zones to explore the wider world, a celebration of books.  A little … Continue reading

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Animals by the Numbers: a book of animal infographics

Steve Jenkins.  He never disappoints.  Here he presents a whole host of animal statistics with the visual graphs and charts to put the numbers in perspective.  It’s visually appealing and highly informative.

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Let the Children March

It tells the story of a part of the civil rights movement that was unknown to me, and certainly one whose story deserves to be told, both to recognize this bit of history and to inspire young people to do … Continue reading

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Bizzy Mizz Lizzie

A fun story, full of classic David Shannon illustrations that add to the fun and appeal.  It’s also got a good message, reminding us all of the value of stopping to smell the flowers.  Mizz Lizzie is very proud to … Continue reading

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Princess Juniper of the Anju

Princess Juniper’s father sent her  message, in Queen’s Basin, two weeks ago telling how his kingdom is under attack by the Monsians. Meanwhile, her cousin Cyril unsuccessfully  tried to usurp  her valley. Later, Cyril admits, ” I know who thieved … Continue reading

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Engineer It! Bridge Projects

Engineer It! Bridge Projects is part of The Engineer It! series for budding civil engineers or any other kids that like to build and possibly, destroy popsicle stick, cardboard and clay structures. How cool is that? The book opens with … Continue reading

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A Shiloh Christmas

A year has passed since Shiloh has become part of Marty’s family.  It’s almost Christmas but the holiday spirit is low.  Judd, Shiloh’s previous owner, is trying to be a better person, a new minister preaches more fire and brimstone … Continue reading

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The Last Viking Returns

Josh, the oldest of three boys, has always admired Vikings.  He is brave and afraid of nothing.  However, his younger twin brothers are getting bigger and wilder, which does worry him.  While staying with their grandparents, they all take an … Continue reading

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Vanilla by Billy Merrell

The book Vanilla by Billy Merrell is beautifully written and have quickly become one of my favorites. The story follows two high school boys, Vanilla and Hunter, who have been in love since middle school. Their relationship is based first on … Continue reading

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A Bear and the Piano

A young bear stumbles across a piano in a clearing in the forest and began to play. Each day, he came back until the sounds coming from that piano became beautiful and magical. Other bears came to listen to his … Continue reading

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Third Grade Mermaid

The main character, a mermaid named Cora, fails a spelling test and is kicked off the Singing Sirens group. She can return to the group if she passes her next spelling test, otherwise she will lose her spot to one … Continue reading

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Glacier National Park

A national park is more than just a name or a boundary contained place that we can witness now.  And Glacier National Park is more than “a wilderness landscape of forest, mountains, and lakes.” It stands witness to the impact … Continue reading

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Birthdays around the World

It uses the universality of birthdays has a window into multiculturalism.  Right on the first page it begins by acknowledging that though everybody in the world has a birthday, not everyone celebrates, or even knows it, and those who do … Continue reading

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Hop Up! Wriggle Over!

It’s not exactly a traditional story, and not exactly a wordless picture book, but somewhere in between.  The text consists of a string of words, phrases, and onamonapeia (yes, I know that’s spelled wrong), which wouldn’t mean much alone.  But … Continue reading

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Will’s Words: how William Shakespeare change the way you talk

A really approachable and informative non-fiction picture book that I think has a wide grade-range of appeal.  The illustrations are cartoonish enough to be inviting, but still do a good job of providing the reader with a visual context for … Continue reading

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The Impossible Clue

What readers are looking for! A smart girl who is good at math and does not take guff about it from anyone!   Summer vacation will start any minute. Alice can hardly wait to begin her vacation. Alice plans on … Continue reading

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Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

Whoosh is science success story of an African American man made particularly accessible to students by their first-hand knowledge of one of his inventions, the Super Soaker. The story begins with Lonnie’s childhood in Mobile, Alabama and the challenges he … Continue reading

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Be an Adventurer

Outdoor adventures can be fun for everyone and being prepared is a must.  Caring for our environment and suggestions for packing suitable gear are mentioned on the first pages.  Eight basic knots, with simple directions how to tie them, are … Continue reading

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The Last Days of the Dinosaurs

Focusing on the cretaceous period, this book starts with a brief introduction of how the land masses on our planet shifted and a descriptive timeline of each period from the Precambrian to Quaternary (now).  The tone is conversational but includes … Continue reading

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Snail & Worm Again

This second book about two friends and their adventures together is told in a gentle dialog between the snail and worm. There are three short stories and young readers will delight in the misconceptions of the mundane (feather, penny and … Continue reading

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Frankie

This book really begins on the title page, as we see an endearing little pup gazing out of a cage. He is picked up by human hands and rides in a car, ending up in a new home (we know … Continue reading

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Mummy Dogs and Other Horrifying Snacks

A cook book that has recipes for “charred zombie-skin snacks” and “popped brains” is a book that will not stay on your library shelves. This book, part of Little Kitchen of Horrors series, begins with a discussion of kitchen safety, … Continue reading

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Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas

Buzz reads a ninja story to Fly Guy on Christmas Eve and as they prepare for bed, he mentions that the next day is Christmas when Santa brings gifts and they exchange presents. Fly Guy can’t sleep after receiving this … Continue reading

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Outdoor Math: Fun Activities for Every Season

Any book that can get kids outside is a book that should be in every library. Outdoor Math details math games for every season, using materials found outside. Whether it is making shapes while holding hands with friends or collecting … Continue reading

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