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When You Reach Me: Summary and Review

Title: When You Reach Me Author: Rebecca Stead Age Category: 9 to 12 years + Genre: Middle-grade Fiction When You Reach Me: Summary Miranda—the protagonist of the 2010 Newbery Medal-winning juvenile fiction book When You Reach Me—is a twelve-year-old latchkey kid living with her single mom in New York City in the 1970s. She’s smart, […]

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Summary

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author: Jeff Kinney Age Category: 9 to 12 + Genre: Comic Juvenile Fiction With the March 19th release date of the movie based on Diary of a Wimpy Kid fast approaching, I thought I would write a review of this madly popular book.  Although it was first published in […]

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The Lion and the Mouse, Caldecott Medal Winner

Title: The Lion & the Mouse Author: Jerry Pinkney Age Category: 3 to 5 years + Genre: Picture Books The Lion and the Mouse Book Jerry Pinkney’s 2010 Caldecott Medal-winning picture book, The Lion & the Mouse, is a retelling—or, rather a re-showing—of Aesop’s traditional fable by the same name. As the story is traditionally […]

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Multicultural Children’s Books by Ezra Jack Keats

In this post I will highlight the work of one of my favorite children’s authors, Ezra Jack Keats.  In particular, I will focus on a six-book series of multicultural children’s books by Keats that features a single character—a boy named Peter—and that includes two of Keats’s most celebrated books, The Snowy Day and Whistle for […]

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Children’s Books on Martin Luther King Jr: I Have A Dream

Title: I Have A Dream Author: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Foreword: Coretta Scott King Age Category: 9 to 12 years + Genre: Picture Books Our Rating (out of 5): This post is a review of the second of two books I recommend for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Click here for “Children’s Books for […]

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Children’s Books on Martin Luther King Jr: Martin’s Big Words

Title: Martin’s Big Words Author: Doreen Rappaport Age Category: 6 to 8 years Genre: Historical picture books Our Rating (out of 5): In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day—coming up on January 18th—we will be featuring some children’s books about Dr. King and others who have contributed to the long and continuing fight for […]

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Clap Hands, by Helen Oxenbury

Title: Clap Hands Author: Helen Oxenbury Age Category: Infant to 2 years Genre: Baby Board Books Helen Oxenbury: Clap Hands Clap Hands—one of Helen Oxenbury’s beloved board books—is a simple tribute to activities that young children delight in.  The words of the board book are as follows: “Clap hands, dance and spin; Open wide, pop […]

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Bad Children’s Books: The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Title: The Adventures of Captain Underpants Author: Dav Pilkey Age Category: 6 to 8 years Genre: Juvenile fiction Our Rating (out of 5): George Beard and Harold Hutchins, the main characters of The Adventures of Captain Underpants, are pranksters of the first order.  In this installment of Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series, George and Harold pull […]

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick

Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret Author: Brian Selznick Age Category: 9 to 12 years + Genre:  Picture Book The Invention of Hugo Cabret: Summary Brian Selznick’s 2008 Caldecott Medal winning book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, introduces Hugo Cabret, an orphan boy who secretly maintains the clocks at a Paris railway station. Hugo’s father—once […]

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