JUST READ, by Lori Degman, Illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov, Sterling Publishing

These kids all love to read—alone or together, on a bus or in a parade. And every time they open a book, they open up a whole new world, too! “A delightful tribute to reading anything and everything all the time. . . . There’s something for everyone.” —Booklist “A chipper, colorful celebration of the … Continue reading JUST READ, by Lori Degman, Illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov, Sterling Publishing

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30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, SPELLING THROUGH PHONICS, by The McCrackens, Foreward by Dr. Shane Templeton, Portage Main Press

The first edition of Spelling Through Phonics was published in 1982. Since then, over 300,000 copies have been sold. This 30th Anniversary Edition, is available in the same compact, easy-to-use format that teachers want. It contains: the McCrackens' original spelling instruction program an explanation of phonemic awareness and why children need to acquire it detailed … Continue reading 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, SPELLING THROUGH PHONICS, by The McCrackens, Foreward by Dr. Shane Templeton, Portage Main Press

THE DAY THE UNIVERSE EXPLODED MY HEAD, by Allan Wolf, Illustrated by Anna Raff, Candlewick Press

Hang on tight for a raucous bounce through the solar system and back -- propelled by funny, fanciful, factually sound poems and exuberant illustrations. The universe poured into me. My brain was overloaded. It smoked and glowed red-hot. And then it actually exploded. Ever wonder what the sun has to say about being the closest … Continue reading THE DAY THE UNIVERSE EXPLODED MY HEAD, by Allan Wolf, Illustrated by Anna Raff, Candlewick Press

A GREEN PLACE TO BE: THE CREATION OF CENTRAL PARK, by Ashley Benham Yazdani, Candlewick Press

How did Central Park become a vibrant gem in the heart of New York City? Follow the visionaries behind the plan as it springs to green life. In 1858, New York City was growing so fast that new roads and tall buildings threatened to swallow up the remaining open space. The people needed a green … Continue reading A GREEN PLACE TO BE: THE CREATION OF CENTRAL PARK, by Ashley Benham Yazdani, Candlewick Press

YOU ARE THE LIGHT, by Aaron Becker, Candlewick Studio, Candlewick Press

With a wondrously simple die-cut book, the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of the Journey trilogy brings his talents further into the light. This is the light that brings the day. Open this beautiful book to find a graphic yellow sun surrounded by a halo of bright die-cut circles. Now hold the page up to the light … Continue reading YOU ARE THE LIGHT, by Aaron Becker, Candlewick Studio, Candlewick Press

STARDUST, by Jeanne Willis, Illustrated by Briony May Smith, Nosy Crow, Candlewick Books

One little girl dreams of being a star. But whether it's finding Mum's lost wedding ring or winning the fancy-dress prize, her big sister always shines brighter. Yet for her grandad she is a star and, as he dries her eyes and they both gaze up at the night sky, he tells a story, the … Continue reading STARDUST, by Jeanne Willis, Illustrated by Briony May Smith, Nosy Crow, Candlewick Books

GOODREADS “CHOICE AWARDS 2018” AND MY THOUGHTS – PART ONE

Here are the latest and greatest voted for by Goodreads' readers.  I've added a bit of information for those who are not familiar with these books and want to know more.  My suggestion for all is to read them and judge for yourself if you agree with the Goodreads' outcome.  I did have a few … Continue reading GOODREADS “CHOICE AWARDS 2018” AND MY THOUGHTS – PART ONE

I’D RATHER BE READING, THE DELIGHTS AND DILEMMAS OF THE READING LIFE, by Anne Bogel, Baker Books/Baker Publishing Group

Out September, 2018 For so many people, reading isn't just a hobby or a way to pass the time--it's a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can't imagine life without them. I'd Rather Be … Continue reading I’D RATHER BE READING, THE DELIGHTS AND DILEMMAS OF THE READING LIFE, by Anne Bogel, Baker Books/Baker Publishing Group

COOP THE GREAT, by Larry Verstraete, Great Plains/Yellow Dog

Coop is an aging, cynical, down-and-out dachshund who faces the ultimate test when his new owner, Mike, and Mike’s grandchildren, Zach and Emma, run into trouble. Mike rescued him, but does Coop have what it takes to do the same? Drawing strength from the stories about great dogs that Mike shares with him, Coop charts … Continue reading COOP THE GREAT, by Larry Verstraete, Great Plains/Yellow Dog