Mercy Watson

Kate DiCamillo, author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux, brings her skill and humor to beginning readers in her Mercy Watson books. My first introduction to Mercy Watson was by CD - when my daughter checked out the first two books on CD and we listened to them together in the car. ... Continue Reading →

The Cat in the Hat

No American childhood would be complete without reading Dr. Seuss's famous book The Cat in the Hat.  Hollywood has taken to turning Dr. Seuss's simple children's books into movies - but as with most movies, the books are better. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of a boy and his sister, left alone... Continue Reading →

Frog & Toad

Beginning readers will enjoy getting to know Frog & Toad, characters created by Arnold Lobel. Frog and Toad are best friends.  They enjoy spending time together, learning from each other, and helping to cheer each other up when one is down. The short stories trace their friendship and their usually-quite-funny predicaments - like the time... Continue Reading →

Amelia Bedelia

If you have never read any of Peggy Parish's Amelia Bedelia books, you are missing out. Amelia Bedelia is a young woman with a heart of gold, but she cannot seem to do anything right.  In the first book, Amelia follows Mrs. Rogers' instructions exactly, even though they don't make sense to her - things... Continue Reading →

Fancy Nancy

On  a recent library trip, my nine-year-old stocked up on Fancy Nancy books, written by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. Fancy Nancy delights the girly-girl in my daughter - and I enjoy her so much more than the popular princesses. Nancy is not perfectly coiffed; she is not a developing young woman. ... Continue Reading →

The Courage of Sarah Noble

This year, my younger children and I are exploring American History, and enjoying some wonderful books on our journey. One of those is The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh.  I remember my older two children enjoying this book when they read it two years ago, but this was the first time I had... Continue Reading →

Hill of Fire

In Hill of Fire by Thomas P. Lewis, we read about a volcano that suddenly formed out of a farmer's field. That's the story in one sentence - Lewis builds up beautifully to the moment, describing the farmer's mundane life of living in a small Mexican village, eating breakfast, and working in the fields, complaining... Continue Reading →

Daniel’s Duck

My children have read Daniel's Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla over and over again.  They enjoy the story, and I enjoy the lesson it teaches. Daniel admires a famous carver's wood carvings, and decides to work on his own wood carving for the county fair.  He works hard on it all winter, and proudly enters... Continue Reading →

Greg’s Microscope

Greg's Microscope by Milicent E. Selsam should carry a warning: "Causes intense desire for microscopes in children." This easy-to-read book explores the world found under a microscope slide from the perspective of a young boy.  He looks at salt, sugar and a myriad of other things in his house through his new microscope. His interest... Continue Reading →

Wagon Wheels

I almost cried when my seven-year-old read Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner out loud to me.  I had to sit down and reread the story myself, to make sure he had read it correctly. Wagon Wheels is the story of the Muldie family moving West from Kentucky to Kansas after the Civil War.  The mother... Continue Reading →

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