Author Archives : Freya Hooper

Graphic Novel About Managing Friendships


I think everyone one of us needs a graphic novel about managing friendships.  Fortunately for our girls, Shannon Hale has shared her experiences when writing the wonderful book Real Friends.  Hey, elementary school can be tough and girls can get their feelings hurt easily.  It is just nice to know that so many other people are feeling the same way and…

Embrace the Awkwardness of Middle School


Today I have a book that will let kids embrace the awkwardness of middle school.  This one really nails it when liking a boy means you stop talking to him and stress over what to text him.  This modern Cyrano de Bergerac will have teens and tweens laughing with a knowing understanding that their lives can get complicated. Don’t forget…

History of American Presidents


It is important to have a book about the history of American Presidents in your home.  I also keep reference books about global history as well as a great kid’s atlas.  These are perfect for not just inquisitive minds but also when a discussion at home turns to events/places in which your familiarity may be waining or when a report…

Book for Kids Who Love Baseball


Today I have a book for kids who love baseball.  This new series is the result of a partnership with kid’s writer Tim Green, who specializes in sports books, and Derek Jeter, amazing professional athlete.  It is a fun story that has plenty of baseball, suspense and did I mention … baseball!  A nice new offering for kids who have…

Adult Books Adapted for Kids


We are seeing a surge in adult books adapted for kids.  I like this trend because good stories are often a little too complex for kids in their original format, and making changes that simplify the story and streamline the narrative can make these powerful books accessible to a younger audience.  Some succeed well, some less well.  I thought I…

Book After Diary of a Wimpy Kid


Every parent needs a book after Diary of a Wimpy Kid to hand their child.  Illustrated novels are a great thing, and they keep the reading going. But let’s be honest, you may only be able to stand your kid reading the same story over and over for so long until you feel compelled to give them something else.  Jake the…

A Book for Kids that Challenges Stereotypes


Race, gender and economic disparity is a tall order for one story, but this is a book for kids that challenges stereotypes.  Jade is an honest and endearing character and her voice will give kids and adults a new perspective.  If readers are in similar circumstances this book may well validate a girl’s feelings.  Seeing the world through Jade’s eyes was eye opening…

The Epic Battle of Rock Paper Scissors


Today I have the epic battle of Rock Paper Scissors. You’ve played the game, now it’s time to find out where it all started.  Every household item is fair game in the quest for victory.  Dinosaur chicken nuggets are on notice, computer printers are on high alert and clothespins had better watch their backs when rock, paper and scissors are…

Book for Girls Who Code


Today I have a book for girls who code.  This book absolutely inspired me and I have to admit that I might have been more interested in computer science if I had had these teens’ experiences to motivate me.  The game they created that went viral, Tampon Run, thrust these girls into the spotlight and has given them an amazing…

Must Have Easter Picture Book


Well, I had to share the story that is our must have Easter picture book.  Not one of my kids can resist the Dumb Bunnies and while it may not be a conventional choice, we have fond memories of reading this one until the book fell apart.  Dare I say that my kids even requested it when it wasn’t Easter!  We…