Historical Fiction from Iraq


Today I have a book that is historical fiction from Iraq.  So often we think of historical fiction as something we as parents didn’t live through, but in this case, 1991 may be relevant for us while ancient history for our kids.  The politics that continue to play out in the Middle East are influenced directly by Desert Storm, and…

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History Can Be Fun


Today I have a book that shows kids that history can be fun!  I have always said that I think history textbooks should be written in graphic novel format.  Our past is really a story of how we got to our present-day circumstances.  Bringing that story to life with an arc, a graphic component and humor will make it more…

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What About this Newbery Winner?


Today I am answering the question “what about this Newbery winner?”  Every year the prize is given out and some years I am very happy, think The Crossover by Kwame Alexander and some year not so much (not going to throw a book under the bus here … a big hint for those who follow such things!)  So I have…

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An Irresistible Early Reader


Today I have an irresistible early reader.  I was at a book talk recently with a wonderful librarian, Mr. Schu.  He shared his journey with this book. The first time he read he thought, ok.  The second time he read it he thought, it’s getting better.  By the third time he read it he was convinced kids would love it.…

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What Makes Us Beautiful


Today I have a book that questions what makes us beautiful.  I don’t often read YA, but every once in a while I love a good romp through the young adult world, especially when the story is full of suspense and questioning our belief in the way things are meant to be.  I was totally caught up in the fantasy…

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Gift of a Book Every Month


Today I am sharing a subscription book box with you so that you can give the gift of a book every month.  I loved these services when my kids were young.  I always discovered hidden treasures that I would read over and over again with my children and it gave them the sense that the gift of a book was…

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Basketball Is Only the Beginning


Today I have a book where basketball is only the beginning of the action that will draw readers in.  This one touches on issues of privilege, friendship, race and yes, basketball.  I was completely drawn into this story, and the fact it was named after me had nothing to do with my excitement … no really! Don’t forget to follow…

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Book About Love and Loss


Today I have a book about love and loss.  This story just won a Caldicott Honor so I am not the only one enchanted by the verse and the illustrations.  It is a beautiful way to introduce the idea of the cycle of life and the inevitable death of a pet. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook,…

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Great Caper for Kids


Today I have a great caper for kids.  Think Sherlock Holmes meets the younger set.  While mysteries for kids can often times be a disappointment, this one was spot on and had me trying to figure out the “who” and “why” until the very end. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by email so…

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