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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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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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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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