The Great Migration is a beautifully done book. The poems by award-winning poet Eloise Greenfield capture the emotions of each traveler on the journey. The illustrations by Jan Spivey Gilchrist are rich in texture and expression and … [Read more...] about The Great Migration by Eloise Greenfield
My thirteen-year-old son is devouring The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, and my seventeen-year-old daughter just finished the entire … [Read more...] about What My Teenagers Are Reading…because they WANT TO!
Recently, I was asked to review a children's book that had been challenged at one of our branch libraries. The book, Devil in the Drain by Daniel Pinkwater, is old and no longer appears to be in print. But, the author is popular and award-winning. As soon as I saw the title, I could guess at the complaint, and I was instantly angered that a patron was asking this book to be … [Read more...] about Freedom to Read
I have read to my children since they were born, and I've done so as much for my own joy as for theirs. As they've grown, I have less opportunities to do so, although I'm quick to take advantage when given the chance (i.e. scary stories on camping trips). Currently, a trend has developed … [Read more...] about The Family that Reads Together
Yesterday my friend Dakota, age 3, stopped by the library. He, his mother and baby sister, are faithful story-time attenders, and Dakota had been singing the Gingerbread Man's infamous "Can't catch me" chant ever since hearing it in a story-time 2 weeks prior. Now he and his mother wanted to check-out the version of the story that I had shared: The Gingerbread Man retold by … [Read more...] about Taste of Gingerbread