Making Good

These aren’t necessarily new books this summer, just ones I got around to reading: White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen Klages These is My Words by Nancy Turner Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers Beast by Donna Jo Napoli Fairest by Gail Carson Levine Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail […]

My sister in law told me for months that I should read These is My Words, and I only finally did because it was my book club book for June. I don’t know why I was hesitant – I think maybe the title had something to do with it. But I just finished it and […]

Guest post by Jennifer from The Literate Mother. Every year about this time, I start to feel a small wave of panic settle in. Knowing that summer is just around the corner is exciting, but daunting. I am almost as relieved as my kids are to be done with reports, projects, homework and the strict […]

These have been 4 of my favorite reads so far this year. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a great mystery/adventure story for all ages and the main character, Flavia, is among one of my favorite female characters of all time. She is witty, brave, mischevious, and I wish I knew her […]

Thanks to all the excellent recommendations from my like literary-minded friends, 2009 was a year filled with good books. Here is a complete (I think…) list of books I read in 2009. I would recommend every one except #s 22, 37, 38, and 39. Schooled by Gordon Korman A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle […]

After I finished this book last night, I handed it over to my husband and told him HE HAD to read it. I like me a good fantasty book, and Elantris is a must read. The story is very unique with some really inventive and creative elements and some great characters. Although one of the […]

I’m always on the lookout for great books for boys, and this is a winner. I remember hearing lots of good things about this book years ago but I’d never read it until now, and it is a great story with some great lessons. If you don’t know, the story is about a boy named […]

This book completely deserves the Newbery Honor award it won! I read Savvy on our road trip last month, and it was the perfect vacation book. Fun and creative, this book is perfect for all ages and while it’s about a girl, it is a story for boys too! In Savvy , the special people […]

I recently read A Wrinkle in Time for the first time ever and am currently reading Ella Enchanted. Every so often I get on a juvenile fiction kick, and I really enjoyed both of these. As I have been reading I’ve thought that both of these books would be excellent read-alouds for young kids. (I […]

We read lots and lots at our house, and we’ve come across some great children’s picture books in the process. Here are some of our current favorites, great for toddlers. The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann If You Give a Moose a […]