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Dad and the Dinosaur
it was amazing
I love how Gennifer Choldenko's newest picture book, Dad and the Dinosaur, normalizes fear, and lets us know that we can move forward. Gennifer Cholde ...more
Apr 02, 2017
Jan 25, 2017
The Story of Diva and Flea
it was amazing
Diva has lived at the same building in Paris for as long as she can remember, loyally guarding the front courtyard. "She took her job very seriously," ...more
Oct 05, 2015
Feb 16, 2015
Warcross (Warcross, #1)
it was amazing
Are your teens looking for fantasy books with a high dose of adventure and adrenaline? In her newest book, Warcross, Marie Lu combines fast-action vid ...more
Jul 29, 2017
Jul 25, 2017
One for the Murphys
it was amazing
Thirteen-year old Carley Connors works hard to keep her feelings completely hidden in order to protect herself. After all, her mother taught her how t ...more
May 08, 2012
May 07, 2012
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard (Peter Nimble, #2)
it was amazing
Sophie is a girl after my own heart--a steadfast friend, willing to stand up for what she believes in. Above all else, she loves books and the stories ...more
Apr 30, 2016
Mar 29, 2016
No Such Thing as Dragons
it was amazing
Reeve is well known for his steampunk Mortal Engines series for teens, but here creates an adventure fantasy for younger readers. Ansel, a nine year o ...more
Jul 02, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music
it was amazing
Cuba is an island full of wonderful music, but this beautiful picture book shows how hard one girl had to work to be true to her musical self. Millo C ...more
May 02, 2015
May 02, 2015
The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage
it was amazing
There are so many different ways into sharing The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage. The story centers around Richard and Mildred Lo ...more
Feb 05, 2015
Feb 15, 2015
As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom
really liked it
I liked this book - it shows, very simply, how Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel were both striving for a better, more just world. This pi ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 24, 2009
Who Was Sally Ride?
really liked it
Sally Ride was an astrophysicist who became the first American woman to fly into space. This biography, part of the popular “Who Was…” series, clearly ...more
Jul 17, 2015
Jul 20, 2015
Ninth Ward
it was amazing
Lanesha, a 12-year old child of the Ninth Ward in New Orleans, survives through Hurricane Katrina and conditions that no child, no person should have ...more
Oct 24, 2010
Oct 23, 2010
Dogtag Summer
it was amazing
Who am I? Where do I belong? Who can I trust? These are questions that all children ask as they grow older, but for twelve-year-old Tracy these questi ...more
Mar 08, 2011
Feb 27, 2011
Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln
it was amazing
This stirring book captures the span of Lincoln's life, the strength of his words and convictions, and the dignity in his stance - all in a way that a ...more
Feb 17, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
Out of My Mind
really liked it
Imagine having all your thoughts and feelings trapped inside you, not being able to share them with anyone - your family, your classmates, your teache ...more
May 2010
May 26, 2010
Hold Fast
it was amazing
Blue Balliett centers her most recent book around the rhythms and themes of Langston's Hughes poetry, but the story is firmly rooted in today's urban ...more
Mar 22, 2013
Mar 15, 2013
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
it was amazing
Most American school children know the story of Rosa Parks. But few know that before Rosa Parks started her protest, there was a brave young teen who ...more
Apr 23, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
Takeshita Demons
really liked it
This exciting adventure features Japanese supernatural demons – yokai – and a young girl’s fight to protect her younger brother. Yokai are well known ...more
Aug 2010
Oct 17, 2010
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan
really liked it
This fictional story about eight-year-old Garang is based on the real events and stories of The Lost Boys of Sudan. One day when Garang is out tending ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
it was amazing
Long ago in rural Japan, a grandfather was tending his rice fields high on a mountaintop overlooking his seaside village. That day, his family went do ...more
Feb 27, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina
really liked it
Wonderful language and setting. I wanted to save some of my favorite quotes:

"I’ve never been anywhere that’s so unbelievably hot and humid. Like the s
Oct 10, 2014
Oct 06, 2014
The Trouble with May Amelia (May Amelia, #2)
it was amazing
When I was a kid, I loved reading about girls who went against the grain and weren't "good little girls," wearing dresses and doing what everyone expe ...more
Apr 02, 2011
Mar 29, 2011
Chocolate Dreams
really liked it
I read this aloud with my 2nd grader and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the writing and language. A nice alternative to the Rainbow Fairy ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
Okay for Now
it was amazing
This was an incredible book, one that I could only read in small chunks, letting each bit resonate with me, seep in. I loved the way that Schmidt took ...more
May 30, 2011
Mar 01, 2011
really liked it
Using his distinctive style of bright, bold figures and simple, reassuring words, Parr has created a wonderful book that reassures young children that ...more
Sep 02, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
Sugar and Ice
it was amazing
Do you ever wonder how hard to push your child to follow their dream? If they had an opportunity to really pursue an interest, how much would you enco ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Nov 25, 2010
Redwall (Redwall, #1)
really liked it
Matthias is a young mouse living in Redwall Abbey, hoping to grow up and become a monk. But then an evil rat, Cluny the Scourge, appears with his hord ...more
Jul 2008
Feb 23, 2009
Boys of Blur
really liked it
Oh wow. Intense, dramatic, poetic. Drawing deeply on a range of mythology. But too terrifying to be middle-grade, in my view. I can't see 5th and 6th ...more
Oct 18, 2014
May 04, 2014
Giraffes Can't Dance
it was amazing
This is one of our favorite books as a family. I love the message it sends - be true to yourself, value your own special gifts, take risks, and enjoy ...more
Jan 2002
Jan 12, 2009
The Other Half of My Heart
really liked it
When do you talk with your children openly about race? Do you talk about noticing the color of someone's skin? I was fascinated last spring listening ...more
Sep 14, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
Clara and Davie
really liked it
Wonderful heartfelt story and illustrations. Lovely the way the story shares so much of Barton's and Polacco's values. Wish I had a bit more informati ...more
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Jan 04, 2014
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