Category Archives: children

National Poetry Month: “The Crossover,” and Other Verse Novels

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is an energetic, engaging and emotional novel written in verse about basketball, family, and adolescent relationships.  The story centers on twins Josh and JB’s life as they prepare to compete in the middle school basketball championship. … Continue reading

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Mysteries for Tweens

Sometimes a good mystery is hard to find, particularly for fourth, fifth and sixth graders. Here are three, fairly recently published, that are smart, engaging and sure to be a hit. Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald.  Money is … Continue reading

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Book Review : Wild Sea Creatures by Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt

“Go, Creature Powers!”  Readers may recognize the authors, Martin and Chris Kratt, from the PBS television show Wild Kratts, in which the Kratt brothers inform children about animals in a hands-on way.  Wild Sea Creatures: sharks, whales, and dolphins! is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

For Black History Month, I want to highlight a novel written by one of my favorite children’s fiction authors. Christopher Curtis is the winner of numerous book awards including the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author award.  In … Continue reading

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So Here Are MY Best of 2014….

End of another year: hence the parade of “Best” lists in every category. Well, I hereby join that parade with a very selective recounting—-in no particular order, except for my “grand prize winner”—of some of the finest books I was … Continue reading

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