Gooney Bird Greene

Have you ever met that uber-confident child?  The one who knows who she is and is not afraid to be herself?  Gooney Bird Greene is such a child.  Her presence lights up the classroom.  Everyone looks forward to seeing her and hearing her stories. The kind of confidence Gooney Bird exhibits is endearing in a... Continue Reading →

Starry River of the Sky

Rendi has a problem - an attitude problem.  In my childhood, a General Bad Attitude (GBA) was grounds for punishment.  In Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin, Rendi has run away from home, so his parents aren't around to punish him. Instead, he's forced to work as a chore boy at an inn... Continue Reading →

White Fur Flying

Every time I read a book by Patricia MacLachlan, I am in awe of her gift of telling simple, yet heartfelt stories. White Fur Flying is no exception. Zoe's family rescues dogs.  Not just any dogs, her mother rescues Great Pyrenees, "140 pounds of white fur."  (To be honest, I'm not a dog lover, and... Continue Reading →

This is Not My Hat

The small fish in This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen is very proud of the fact he has a hat. But, as you can surmise from the title, the hat is not his. He took it from a much larger fish. This tiny fish is confident that he can outwit the larger fish,... Continue Reading →

Dog Loves Books

In Dog Loves Books, author Louise Yates gives an eloquent argument in favor of real books - no e-readers or audio books here. Dog loves books so much, he decides to open a bookstore. But when no customers come, what will dog do? Read, of course! Sweet, colorful drawings illustrate this picture book, one children... Continue Reading →

Elephant and Piggie

Children just beginning to read will greatly enjoy reading any Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willems - and better yet, their parents will enjoy listening to them! Mo Willems has a great sense of humor, which comes out in all his books. I reviews his Pigeon books earlier, but felt that the Elephant and... Continue Reading →

Nothing Ever Happens at the South Pole

Stan & Jan Berenstain, creators of the beloved Berenstain Bears, didn't realize what a hit those bears would be when they wrote and illustrated their first book together. So Stan wrote Nothing Ever Happens at the South Pole as a follow up to that first Berenstain Bears book. But because they were so popular, Stan... Continue Reading →

George and Martha

George and Martha are hippos, huge hippos who are good friends. Not just good friends - great friends. George and Martha by James Marshall introduces young readers to the two hippos in two different stories: Split Pea Soup and The Flying Machine. In both stories, George and Martha face a dilemma. How will George tell... Continue Reading →

No Fighting, No Biting!

Early chapter book shelves are full of books about the most popular movies, TV shows and cartoon characters, so when I find a good reader which both my children and I can enjoy I rejoice! No Fighting, No Biting! by Else Holmelund Minarik is a classic. I loved the illustrations by Maurice Sendak (Where the... Continue Reading →

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