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Poetry Can Be Awesome


This book will prove to your kids that poetry can be awesome.  I know what you’re thinking.  There is no way my kid will sit for a book of poems.  Shel Silverstein – maybe, Jack Prelutsky – perhaps, Chris Harris – you have got to be kidding! But it is time to rethink what makes a good poem.  How about…

Most Popular Posts of 2017


I always like to take a moment to look back at the most popular posts of 2017.  These are the blogs that readers seemed to enjoy in record numbers.  A quick scan makes me realize that I should be reviewing adult books since my only two posts about grown-up stories made it into my top five.  But hey I am…

These Are a Few of my Favorite Things


If you are still looking for a perfect gift, here are a few of my favorite things!  These are the books I loved this year.  They are the ones I keep going back to time after time when someone asks me for a great book recommendation.  They will make the perfect last-minute gifts that will stay with your reader long…

Holiday Gifts for Book Loving Kids


Holiday Gifts for Book Loving Kids   Time to start thinking about the holidays.  But don’t let it worry you.  I have some wonderful suggestions for all the book-loving kids on your list.  These are my favorite picks this year for the kid who reads while eating breakfast, with a flashlight at night or in the car on the way…

Give Back for the Holidays


Today I have a wonderful chance to give back for the holidays.  zulily has partenered with Penguin Random House and First Book to give a book to libraries impacted by the hurricanes for each book you purchase.  This is a wonderful chance to pick up some great titles at discounted prices and give back to those in need.  What a…

Calling All Class Moms


Calling all class moms to a book that will make you feel understood in the best possible way.  While this is usually a place for kid books, I couldn’t let this one go by without making sure it was on your radar.  Laurie Gelman nails all the classroom parent politics with absolute humor and a mastery of the nuances.  I…

Adult Books to Watch


Since I have been off at Book Expo I thought I would do something for the parents who read and support this blog. I frequently get asked for adult book recommendations to supplement my kid picks, but I frankly just don’t have time to read that much and still function.  However, this trip I made sure to find out the adult…

Easter Book Baskets


It has always been tradition in our family to give Easter Book Baskets.  I fill the kid’s baskets full of books, but of course never forget a chocolate bunny and some Peeps, I mean what is Easter without those?  I am reposting last years baskets because my sons are now 18 and 15 and their book choices are more adult…

Magazine Subscriptions Are a Great Gift for Kids


Magazine subscriptions are a great gift for kids.  Not only do they encourage reading, but kids get a monthly present in the mail, which is always a special treat!  I have a plethora of choices that I give for the holidays to my kids as well as my nieces and nephews.  I have even found a few from the UK that deliver stateside…

Gift Book Box Subscriptions for Kids


Well it is time to think about holiday shopping.  You can’t put it off any longer.  But I am here to help with some wonderful gift book box subscriptions for kids.  These subscriptions focus primarily on picture books and YA.  Unfortunately trying to do a box for middle grade readers can be quite difficult given the variety of topic choices in…