Baseball Books for Kids 6-14

It’s baseball season! These 10 books are a sure hit. A home run? Corniness aside, they’ve all got something to offer. Picture Books: There Goes Ted Williams written and illustrated by Matt Tavares. Two on, two out, last of the ninth. From the super talented author-illustrator of four other equally spectacular baseball-related picture books—Zachary’s Ball (Anniversary Edition), Oliver’s Game, Mudball, […]

A New Series by the Author of the Award-Winning Clarice Bean Books!

Fact: Kids rarely tire of spy chapter books. Plenty of intrigue and derring-do. Clues to sniff out and secret codes to crack. Plots race along as feisty characters poke and prod into mysterious circumstances and fall into potentially hairy situations. What’s a kid to do but burn through pages in hopes of solving the offending […]

The Hunger Games Phenomenon

As you may or may not know, Book One in Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy has been made into a movie—the first of a projected four. (Check out the preview here.) It’s opening this Friday, March 23rd in theaters nationwide. If you’re not hiding out under a rock, you’ve probably witnessed the full-on media blitz and general frenzy surrounding […]

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again (Read This Sequel!)

Bang Bang. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Who would’ve thought the author of the intricately woven James Bond spy novels could write such a light and fun-filled caper suitable for children? But in fact, that’s just what Ian Fleming did. What began as a trio of stories told to his son Caspar at bedtime about an adventure-loving family […]

Three Cool and Creative Books In Celebration of National Craft Month

When I was in elementary school, I spent many hours playing by myself, designing potholders or those little stained-glass window ornaments that are baked in the oven. Maybe my mother’s (a weaver) and father’s (an architect) collective artistic influence rubbed off on me early on. Or it could be because my grandmother (a painter and […]

Two Icky (But Fascinating) Reference Books Kids Will Love – Perfect for Your Science Curriculum!

A book devoted to examining . . . poop? Another book about bacteria, bed bugs, and tapeworms? I know, I know. You probably think I’m off my proverbial rocker this week. But the truth is these two gems are fascinating reference materials kids will devour in two seconds flat. Sure, they’re bound to incite bathroom […]

National Book Award Winner Polly Horvath’s Latest Book Kick-Starts Kids’ Imaginations

When you’re a kid, it’s important to flex your imagination as much as you can. Sure, your fingers might have to be surgically detached from your Xbox controller or your latest Apple product first, but once you get the hang of not being hooked up to something electronic, the feeling of just imagining can be quite freeing. […]

Tearjerker Alert: WONDER by R.J. Palacio Is a Must-Read!

What is it about books that feature characters who scratch and claw their way through life yet somehow manage to rise above adversity despite seemingly unbeatable odds? Why does reading their stories make me sob—yes, unabashedly sob—with a surprising amount of force and feeling? Why do I hear trumpets sound when even the smallest triumphs […]

Valentine Shmalentine! Happy Bunny Saves the Day, Plus a Redeemable Coupon Book from Cupid

I’ll just say it outright. Valentine’s Day can stink to high heaven if you don’t have the right attitude. Couples are out gallivanting all over town, celebrating their love for each other. Shiny heart-shaped boxes of nougat-filled chocolate line the tops of cubicles in offices and lunchrooms all across America. Proposals are made. Children are […]

Two Noteworthy Nonfiction Titles in Celebration of African-American History Month

Last week, I recommended three stunning novels that I hope you’ve leafed through or picked up for your middle-grader(s). This week, here are two complementary nonfiction titles that are just as stellar. Without further ado . . .