Children's Book Review · Middle Grade Fiction

My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva

    My Fate According to the Butterfly is a wonderful debut, coming-of-age, middle grade fiction story that takes place in the Philippines. This is a beautiful portrayal of family, friendship, and forgiveness which tackles an important, tough subject - drug addiction, its affects on the abuser and their family, and the long recovery process.… Continue reading My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva

Children's Book Review · Children's Picture Book

Anna & Evan Meet Charles Darwin by Tanya Hutter and Lina Daniel

About the Book Summary: Join Anna and Evan on a magical adventure to the Galapagos Islands where they meet Charles Darwin, discover unusual animals and learn some interesting scientific facts. This engaging and educational book is ideal for young children to encourage curiosity and interest in the natural world and science. Title: Anna & Evan meet… Continue reading Anna & Evan Meet Charles Darwin by Tanya Hutter and Lina Daniel

Children's Book Review

Definitely Daphne by Tami Charles

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (#ReadYourWorld) Librarian Laura's Review of Definitely Daphne by Tami Charles Definitely Daphne is a delightful new middle grade novel by Tami Charles. It is a perfect choice for Multicultural Children's Book Day, as it is filled with characters of all colors, backgrounds, and histories. Seventh-grader Annabelle Daphne Louis, known  as "Belle"… Continue reading Definitely Daphne by Tami Charles

Children's Book Review · Children's Picture Book · Children's Poetry

The Dog Ate My Homework by Aaron James

Recently released for purchase is The Dog Ate My Homework (And Other Poems for Children)  by Aaron James and published by Clink Street Publishing. The paperback children's book contains five school-themed poems which have rhyming texts. Each poem tells a humorous tale involving traditional school routines/activities. The illustrations are fitting to the stories being told… Continue reading The Dog Ate My Homework by Aaron James

Children's Book Review · Children's Picture Book · Picture Book · Read Aloud Book

Have You Seen the Sleep Fairy by T.K.R.

My Review Have you Seen the Sleep Fairy is a whimsical children's bedtime story. The story has 24 pages of colorful illustrations with detailed expressions on the characters faces. Many of the illustrations are shown at odd angles, like a view looking up a stairway in the middle of the night. The author dedicates the… Continue reading Have You Seen the Sleep Fairy by T.K.R.

Children's Book Review · Story Collection · YA book review · Young Adult

Us In Progress by Lulu Delacre

I'm very fortunate to have received a complimentary copy (from the author) of Us In Progress by Lulu Delacre in exchange for a book review for Multicultural Children's Book Day. You can read all about MCBD below. Us in Progress is a middle grade fictional collection of short stories about young Latinos living in the… Continue reading Us In Progress by Lulu Delacre

Autobiography & Biography · Children's Book Review · Children's Picture Book · Family History · Memoirs · Picture Book

When Mother Read Aloud by Katie Andrews Potter

When Mother Read Aloud: The Life Story of Almyra King Holsclaw by Katie Andrews Potter is a true labor of love and family heirloom for generations to come. Almyra King Holsclaw is the great-great-great grandmother of author and family historian, Katie Andrews Potter. Almyra was born in Jennings County, Indiana in 1842, living her entire life as… Continue reading When Mother Read Aloud by Katie Andrews Potter

Children's Book Review · Children's Picture Book · Picture Book

Operation Clean Up Day by Jason Tucker

Operation Clean Up Day, a picture book by Jason Tucker and illustrated by Nick Roberts will be released on September 28, 2017 by Clink Street Publishing. Operation Clean Up Day offers a simple story line with a clear message for little ones. It is split into different sections, called "Missions," for different areas of the house… Continue reading Operation Clean Up Day by Jason Tucker

Adult Fiction book review · Author Interview · Children's Book Review · YA book review · Young Adult

Author Interview with Liz Coley & Review of The Captain’s Kid

I'm thrilled to have author Liz Coley here for an interview. I met Liz at the Indiana state library conference after her YA novel, Pretty Girl-13 was chosen as the winner of the Eliot Rosewater Award. (More on the Eliot Rosewater Award here.) Liz is a brilliant writer, but also very humble and down-to-earth. I must… Continue reading Author Interview with Liz Coley & Review of The Captain’s Kid

Children's Book Review · Children's Picture Book · Picture Book · Read Aloud Book

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

All of Jon Klassen's picture books are fabulous read-alouds which will have children and adults begging to read them over and over. There is a central theme of a hat in each of his picture books so far: I Want My Hat Back, This is Not my Hat, and the latest, We Found a Hat.… Continue reading We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen