When asked by patrons for a suggestion on a good beginning reader book, I always recommend Bob Books. From the feedback I’ve received from parents, children love them. Bob Books are designed to provide the path for children ready to take their first steps into reading. The stories are simple enough that children feel very successful and say with delight, “I read the whole book!” Read More..
Who is your favorite author or do you have several on that list? You know, the ones you just can’t wait for their next book to be published. Quickly becoming one of my favorite authors is Helen Frost. I simply love her books, especially since most are written in my favorite style – novels in verse (I actually wrote about this in one of my previous posts). The first title I read was Diamond Willow, Read More..
What do you think of in February? Valentine’s Day? Presidents’ Day? Those are great and honorable occasions, but for me February signals Black History Month.
Victor is like most eleven year old boys in 1959. He loves baseball and friends. He has one handicap, however: he stutters. Then he takes over his best friend’s paper route for the month of July. This is the beginning of Paperboy by Vince Vawter, a book worthy of a Newbery Award, in my opinion. For Victor, the people he meets on his route challenge his speaking ability, but Read More..
No one comes home.
That is what they told me.
Once you go to the white man’s land,
that is where you stay. 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..
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..
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..
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..
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Step right up and read a remarkable true story of a gentle man and ten homeless dogs! If you love dogs and you love the circus, then Stay, The True Story of Ten Dogs by Michaela Muntean (introduction by Kate Dicamillo, author of Because of Winn-Dixie) is the book for you. Read More..