Chanukah Picture Book Round-Up

A round-up of new Chanukah-themed books out this Fall 2011. 'Tis the season, after all - Happy first night of Chanukah!Chanukah Lightsby Michael J. Rosen, illustrated by Robert Sabuda9780763655334, $34.99From a pop-up master and an acclaimed poet and author comes a glorious celebration of the true spirit of Chanukah.Open this beautiful gift book and follow … Continue reading Chanukah Picture Book Round-Up

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Top Ten Books I Want for the Holidays

The Broke and the Bookish, a brilliant book blog, hosts a weekly top ten list meme.I like this meme because I like lists. I like this meme because it reminds me of the Top 5 lists from High Fidelity (by Nick Hornby as a book, starring John Cusak as a movie). And I like this meme because it … Continue reading Top Ten Books I Want for the Holidays

Book Review: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Wonderstruckby Brian Selznick9780545027842, $29.99, ScholasticAge appropriate: Read-together: 4+, Read alone: 8+I had the pleasure of attending the NEIBA trade show NECBA children's author dinner last Wednesday (Oct. 12, 2011), where Brian Selznick explained what he was trying to do in his newest book, Wonderstruck. As you may remember, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, his previous … Continue reading Book Review: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

The Baby-Sitter’s Club

Remember when The Baby-Sister's Club by Ann M. Martin looked like this?I admit, I loved these books as a kid. I read them, collected them, and after about 6 months, grew out of them. But they'll always hold a special place in my heart for giving me the idea and courage to start my own … Continue reading The Baby-Sitter’s Club

Book Review: Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord

Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord9780545035316, Scholastic, $16.99, Pub Date: August 2010 This book is a departure from my usual reading fare. It was a conscious choice - I've been reading so much fantasy lately, I wanted something with a little touch of reality.Touch Blue is a quick, quiet, and utterly delightful middle grade novel perfect for a … Continue reading Book Review: Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord

Ode to the Long-necked Herbivore

A lot of giraffe-themed books have been popping up lately. Thanks to Laura at Tampa Bookworm for a giraffe book recommendation that sparked this post.I admit I have a soft spot for giraffes. Polar bears, giraffes, and lobsters are my top three favorite non-domesticated animals. Okay, add elephant in there. My four top favorite non-domesticated … Continue reading Ode to the Long-necked Herbivore

Summer 2010 Picturebook Highlights – Scholastic

Presenting #6 in the Summer 2010 Picturebook Highlights series...Scholastic! Swim! Swim! by Lerch 9780545094191, $16.99, Pub. Date: July 2010Hilarious! Lerch, the fish, the main character of the story (as well as, apparently, the author), is so very proper I can't help reading this in a (horrendous) British accent. Lerch is lonely and wants a friend, … Continue reading Summer 2010 Picturebook Highlights – Scholastic