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Catching Fire: Summary and Review

Title: Catching Fire Author: Suzanne Collins Genre: Young Adult Fiction (Books for Teens) Age Category: 16 to 19 years + Today, in honor of Teen Read Week, I review the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  As it turns out, teen readers across the country recently chose Catching Fire […]

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The Hunger Games: Summary and Review

Title: The Hunger Games Author: Suzanne Collins Genre: Young Adult Fiction Age Category: 16 to 19 years + Well, I’m late to the “game” on this one.  Nevertheless, having just read the first in Suzanne Collins’s young adult fiction trilogy—in the wake of the buzz around the just-released third book of the trilogy, Mockingjay—I feel […]

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The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau: Summary and Review

Title: The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau Author: Dan Yaccarino Genre: Picture Books for Children (Nonfiction) Age Category: 6 to 8 years Today, in honor of Nonfiction Monday, I’m reviewing Dan Yaccarino’s The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau.  I must say, this picture book made me nostalgic: I grew up fascinated by Cousteau’s […]

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Mem Fox: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Title: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Author: Mem Fox, (illustrations: Helen Oxenbury) Genre: Baby Board Books Age Category: Infant to 5 years Baby’s toes are one of nature’s wonderful features.  When I catch a glimpse of them I can’t help but marvel a bit.  The toe pads are almost perfectly circular.  And the […]

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Pippo Gets Lost, by Helen Oxenbury

Title: Pippo Gets Lost Author: Helen Oxenbury Genre: Best Baby Board Books Age Category: Infant to 2 years In my view, Helen Oxenbury’s old-school baby board books set the gold standard for children’s books in the infant-to-2-years age category.  Here I review a board book from her delightful series about Tom and Pippo.  For my […]

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Beezus and Ramona: Summary and Review

Title: Beezus and Ramona Author: Beverly Cleary Genre: Juvenile Fiction / 3rd Grade Chapter Books Age Category: 6 to 12 years With the upcoming release of the movie “Ramona and Beezus” on July 23rd, I thought it would be fun to review Beverly Cleary’s classic  chapter book Beezus and Ramona, the first in the series […]

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

Title: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Author: Eric Carle Genre: Baby Board Books Age Category: Infant to 2 years The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Summary Eric Carle’s classic baby board book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, begins with a small white egg resting on a leaf by moonlight.  When the sun comes up the next morning—on Sunday—the little […]

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Summary and Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) Author: J.K. Rowling Genre: Young Adult Fiction Age Category: 14 to 19 years + I plan to review the seventh and last of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books—Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)—before the release of the seventh Harry Potter movie in November, 2010.  […]

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Grandfather Twilight, by Barbara Berger

Title: Grandfather Twilight Author: Barbara Berger Age Category: Infant to 2 years Genre: Baby Board Books Grandfather Twilight, by Barbara Berger: Summary The central character of Barbara Berger’s baby board book Grandfather Twilight is, logically enough, an old man with white hair and beard named Grandfather Twilight.  He lives in a beautiful deciduous forest and […]

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Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman: Summary and Review

Title: Are You My Mother? Author: P.D. Eastman Age Category: 3 to 5 years Genre: Picture Books (Beginner Books / Easy Readers) Well, I’m a bit late with this—Mother’s Day was last Sunday—but I couldn’t resist.  This is one of my favorite Beginner Books / Easy Reader picture books.  A classic.  I still remember reading […]

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Summary and Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) Author: J.K. Rowling Age Category: 12 to 16 years + Genre: Young Adult Fiction Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Book Review and Summary Today I present a Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix book review and summary.  This fifth […]

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Children’s Books for Earth Day: One Child, One Planet

Title: One Child, One Planet: Inspiration for the Young Conservationist Author: Bridget McGovern Llewellyn Photographs: Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick Age Category: 3 to 5 years + Genre: Picture Books Children’s Books for Earth Day One Child, One Planet is an attractive children’s book for earth day that conveys the message and importance […]

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Easter Stories for Children: Petook, by Tomie dePaola, Caryll Houselander

Title: Petook: An Easter Story Illustrator: Tomie dePaola Author: Caryll Houselander Age Category: 3 to 5 years + Genre: Picture Books Creating good traditional Easter stories for children is difficult for a couple of reasons.  First, the traditional story is quite violent, so a graphically illustrated version of the story could be quite shocking or […]

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The Egg Tree, by Katherine Milhous: Easter Picture Books

Title: The Egg Tree Author: Katherine Milhous Age Category: 3 to 5 years + Genre: Easter picture books Easter is coming, and so I’ve been planning to review some Easter picture books.  However, when I started looking around online and in the library for good titles, it seemed there really weren’t that many.  Either I […]

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Story for Children about Saint Patrick: Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, Tomie dePaola

Title: Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland Author: Tomie dePaola Age Category: 6 to 8 years Genre: Picture books If you are looking for a story for children about Saint Patrick to help explain the significance of St. Patrick’s Day to 6-to-8-year-olds, Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland is a great one.  This children’s book is a […]

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