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
Howard Binkow Living Trust
This fun story is a great way to help children to learn how to overcome their fears. The lessons at the back to help adults help the child work through their fears is very informative and helpful.
The pictures were fun, the story easy for a child to identify with, and very positive, even when . . . → Read More: Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Courage
6th and up
9.95 paperback, 26.60 Library binding
African American Icons
This biography of this well-known writer is excellent in that it is direct and factual. Inspiration for so many of Myers’ books is from his life. The subtitle of this book, Urban Fiction Author, emphasizes the main focus of Walter Dean Myers’ writing. He writes to speak to the unrepresented, disillusioned, struggling teenager that has . . . → Read More: Walter Dean Myers
(The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames)
Summary: As part of the series, “The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames,” Njinga, the Warrior Queen tells the story of a young girl growing up in West Africa. Njinga was born into a royal African family in 1583. When she was born, the soothsayers predicted she would not be an easy person. Njinga . . . → Read More: Njinga: The Warrior Queen. (The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames)
Eye-Look Pictures Games
As a first introduction to analogies, this book teaches the concept by using photos, and giving lots of visual support for success. ”Tail is to wag…as hand is to _______” is the first example used to introduce the concept. The reader is presented with three labeled photos. Which of the pictures is related to hand . . . → Read More: Look and Compare: A Photo Analogy Game
Picture Window Books
Children can easily get separated from their family or group. This is a “self-help” book written for young children but applicable to everyone. Scenarios include a carnival, walking to school, a store, a field trip, a beach, and the woods. Each one has a “safety tip” box. A list of basic rules and procedures are . . . → Read More: What if You Get Lost?
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
This is an amazing true story. I enjoyed the beautiful pictures, and the way the story helps you feel the emotions of Emily. what a beautiful, comforting story. It would be fun not only to read, but to have it read to you.
3rd, Transportation Zone
Simple informative read for young readers. I liked how it told about flying and planes as they are now, and then included some of the history of airplanes and flying. There is a fun experiment to demonstrate a jets thrust at the end of the book, and a great glossary.
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
Picture Window Books
Not being a Chinese language expert, I had an Chinese ESL specialist from our district look at this book to give me her take 0n this publication. The Basics explains the four tones of Mandarin along with a graph of “It Sounds Like”, with consonants, vowels, and vowel combinations. Each phrase is presented in English, . . . → Read More: My First Mandarin Chinese Phrases
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Kids Can Press
Synopsis: Young Elizabeth likes her name. She likes that it is nine letters long and that there was a queen named Elizabeth. She has no patience when people call her Lizzy, Beth or Betsy! She shouts at them rudely: MY NAME IS ELIZABETH! Everyone respects her wish, but Elizabeth learns a little patience when her . . . → Read More: My name is Elizabeth by Annika Dunkee and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
This book is very informative about The job of a Smoke Jumper. It tells about the wildfires that the jumpers need to help put out. There is information on what a smoke jumper needs to do to help put out a wildfire and some of the training they go through. The smoke jumpers are always . . . → Read More: Smoke Jumper
Blue Sky Press
This is a fun book that shows a lot of different skies. I didn’t know there could be so many different skies. The pictures and very colorful and bright.
And it is fun to see what the people are doing at the bottom of the pages.
Animal Groups Are CATegorical books
This is a great book! It is a simple description of what an amphibian is. The illustrations are funny and creative. The book makes you laugh while learning. It is written in clever rhymes. Very good for young science students. There are questions in the back to help with your understanding.
Sadler, Judy Ann
Kids Can Press
This is a cute poem about a family”s love for a baby. Each family member reaches in some way that relates to the baby.
It’s a story that makes you feel love.
I enjoyed the peaceful happy feeling shared in this book. The pictures are beautiful.