Spirited New Entrant in Early Chapter Books


Today I have a spirited new entrant in early chapter books.  Yasmin is spunky, inquisitive and a Pakistani American, making her a wonderful way to expand the types of characters we show kids in their reading selections.  The book even has a section at the end to share facts about Pakistan and learn a little Urdu! Don’t forget to follow One…

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Illustrated Novel Gets My Vote


This illustrated novel gets my vote!  Your kids can only read Captain Underpants and Timmy Failure so many times.  Put this book into the mix and increase the number of stories in the rotation.  This one has a lot to make kids smile about. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by email so that you…

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We All Deserve Love


Today I have a picture book that shows kids that we all deserve love!  It seems fitting to profile this book right after Mother’s Day.  I mean our kids are not always at their best but we love them through it all, even when they are little stinkers! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by…

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Let the Book Battle Begin


Let the book battle begin as our two characters can’t seem to get enough of a good story.  I am not too discouraged when the argument is over who gets to read a book.  Those are the kind of disagreements I can get behind! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by email so that you…

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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

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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

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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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