New Earth Day Books for Kids 3-12 (Part One)

We should celebrate our planet not just on April 22nd, but every day, and continue to think about ways to conserve energy, reuse household objects, recycle, cut back on carbon emissions, appreciate and protect our land and the animals that populate it, and more. The opportunities to improve our world are endless and the earlier […]

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. […]

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate: A Lesson in Animal Rights

Most of you are probably already aware of the award-winning author, Katherine Applegate. Her books include the 2008 Golden Kite Award-winning Home of the Brave, the chapter book series Roscoe Riley Rules (#1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs), and The Buffalo Storm, a picture book. She is also the co-creator (with her husband, Michael Grant) of the Animorphs series (#1: The Invasion), a publishing […]

Holiday Gift Guide 2011 – Part Two

It’s that time of year again. The weather’s getting nippier (well, slightly). Christmas trees are for sale on every street corner. (I live in New York where this kind of thing is a real treat. “Something green and nature-like! Wow!”) Kids are getting excited to light candles on Chanukah (early this year, eh?). And hordes […]