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Kids’ Book Reviews

Children’s book reviews by elementary school teachers Kate Glinsmann and Jennifer Sykes.

5 Timeless Children’s Books

I have been an elementary teacher for the last 36 years, and over those years I have read thousands of children’s books. Some of these books have been great, some have been good, and some have been real stinkers.

The great books are timeless, some of them being the same books that my parents read to me almost 60 years ago when I was a child. Read More

Potterwookiee

Potterwookiee

by Obert Skye

Obert Skye’s The Creature from my Closet series features mashups of popular fictional creatures/characters.  There’s Wonkenstein (Willy Wonka/Frankenstein), Pinocula (Pinocchio/Dracula), and Katfish (Katniss/Ariel, the Little Mermaid).  The second book in the series is the Potterwookiee, which is a miniature Chewbacca with Harry Potter’s lightning bolt scar and accessories.  Read More

Holiday Gift Guide: Chapter Books

While the slightly older set may have dreams of gadgets and devices, the gift of a great book cannot be overlooked.  They’ll thank you when they curl up with their new diversion and a cup of hot cocoa.  Here are twelve great texts, ranging from chicken mysteries to comics to survivor fantasy.  Read More

One Cool Friend

One Cool Friend

by Toni Buzzeo

My daughter and I had the great pleasure of meeting author Toni Buzzeo last week at a Young Authors Festival here in Michigan.  She shared some very useful tips for young writers, and she shared a lot about her own process as an author.  Read More

Thanksgiving Book Roundup

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and we all have so many reasons to be thankful.  For one, there are really great books for our children.  Another? There are really great books about Thanksgiving for us to sit and read with our children as the tryptophan coma wears off.  Read More

Otis and the Scarecrow

Otis and the Scarecrow

by Loren Long

Fans of Loren Long’s popular Otis series have a new seasonally-appropriate book to read!  Otis and the Scarecrow is Long’s seventh book featuring a beloved, sensitive tractor and his friends on the farm.   All are beautifully illustrated and give wonderful models for social and emotional behavior. Read More

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

by Mo Willems

Many people love author/illustrator Mo Willems for the wit and humor in his fun Pigeon books or the sentimental Knuffle Bunny, but our family most enjoys his lesser-known titles.  Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct is a top 10 read aloud in our household.   Read More

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