Browsing Category : Young Adult

Expectations on High School Athletes


I love sports books for kids.  Maybe it’s because I have no athletic talent so I can live through the glory, sweat and tears vicariously.  But whatever the reason, the book I have today looks at recruiting kids to play sports in college as early as their freshman year in high school.   It’s a fascinating peak into both the pressure on…

Epic Fantasy Adventure


The book I am profiling today was an omission in my kid lit arsenal.  It was one of those stories that I knew I should read, but there was always a book in front of it that seemed more compelling.  Well, as I was cataloging my recently completed stories, I realized that I had a hole in the fantasy/adventure genre,…

Exciting Non Fiction Book for Kids


The book I am profiling today is an exciting non fiction book for kids.  It shows them that real life adventures can be as compelling as any story you can make up.  The message in the book is about following your dreams and creating challenges that motivate you to be and do better, a lesson that can never be shared too many…

The Joy of Losing


In keeping with the Sports theme, today I have a book that both my son and I absolutely adored.  It looks at the culture of sports in schools with humor and honesty. John Klassen has become a favorite author of mine. You know when I am willing to buy the latest book instead of waiting for the library to get…

Book to Get Kids in the Olympic Spirit


With the Olympics on the horizon, your kids may get more excited about books featuring these dedicated athletes. I was actually surprised that there aren’t more books for kids that feature these juggernauts of sports. Stories of overcoming adversity and making sacrifices are part of the narrative for so many athletes that I thought more books would feature them. The…

It’s Samurai Week for Kids


It is Samurai Week on the blog!  Now what kid doesn’t want to journey back in time and learn about the elite Japanese warriors who were honorable, brave and disciplined?  Weapons are wielded, battles are fought and heads roll!  Good stuff. Today’s book is a biography is about a Japanese warrior from the 12th century.  His tale is a saga…

Booked Is a Winning Story for Kids


How do I know this book is good?  Well it focuses on a boy who plays soccer and it is written entirely in verse and my daughter, who is a picky reader, finished it in one day.  The soccer did help draw her in, but the best part was how much she loved a story written completely in poetry.  She…