Sick of soft, slow, bedtime books? Can’t take any more peace and quiet? Want to help your toddler or preschooler reach new heights of noise? Try these fantastic books filled with animal sounds. Read More..
One of my all-time favorite genres in literature is the verse novel or book in verse. Verse novels often tackle difficult subjects and are far from boring. In fact, they are usually a faster read than prose and very hard to put down. One more page, then one more page leads to the novel’s end rather quickly. These are good for reluctant readers, Read More..
“Dude, what time is it?”
“Dude, its Adventure Time!”
If you just smiled when you read the above quotes, you must be familiar with the popular Cartoon Network series Adventure Time. Now in its fifth season Adventure Time follows the capers of Jake the Dog and Finn Read More..
Imagine it is 1885. Now imagine you have just been sentenced to five years in the Idaho Penitentiary for murder. And now, imagine you are only ten years old! This is the situation Jake Evans finds himself in. He is officially prisoner #88 of the Idaho Territorial Penitentiary. Read More..
This blog post is for the graphic novel novice. If you’ve ever wondered what all the graphic novel fuss is about read on and you might find your child’s (or maybe your own!) new favorite book.
What is a graphic novel? Read More..
When I was in grade school I would faithfully watch the Mr. Wizard television show every week. I would gaze in amazement as he mixed beakers of liquid and they miraculously changed colors, or poured substances into a paper cone that would bubble, foam, and then harden into a solid Styrofoam shape. During that time period my father would often return from trade shows and tell Read More..
Just when we think there is nothing new written about Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence, Kansas, a new historical fiction book appears that is truly exciting. Local (Overland Park) author Ronda Hassig has written a page-turner titled The Abduction of Jacob Rote. It is the story of a fourteen year old boy named Jacob Rote who was abducted Read More..
We get so accustomed to the noise of the little bird lives around us that we forget to stop and look upwards or into a bush to see the source. In my yard, Northern Cardinals pretty much dominate in these last couple of weeks. I hear their metallic chip chip call as they stay in constant communication with each other. Their loud whistle songs are mostly Read More..
For over one hundred years Kenneth Grahame’s masterpiece, The Wind in the Willows, has held a special place in the hearts of millions of readers both young and old. For me, this cherished work of friendship set in a rapidly disappearing natural world has always stood alone – complete and perfect. Read More..
On August 30, 2013, America commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This march was held in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. The year was 1963, a year noted for its racial unrest and civil rights demonstrations. Martin Luther King III was just five years old when his father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his famous Read More..