Category Archives: Review

Review: I Love You More Than…

The team that brought us MIXED ME! has a new contemplative and loving book out called I LOVE YOU MORE THAN… This new children’s book written by Taye Diggs and illustrated by Shane Evans is a celebration of strong and enveloping … Continue reading

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Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869

Fantasy, science, and adventure collide (sometimes literally) in Book One of Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869. This first installment of the series gives readers everything   needed to set up a classic adventure for kids: a … Continue reading

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Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman’s THE POWER sat on my nightstand for months as it waited patiently to be read. I resisted it because my husband had described some of his responses to the book, and it just didn’t sound like something I … Continue reading

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Giveaway of Extinction: What Happened to the Dinosaurs, Mastodons, and Dodo Birds?

One of my favorite book series for helping to address topics with kids is the Build It Yourself series from Nomad Press. The books are written in a simple and understandable style without being condescending or dry. And the projects are … Continue reading

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Giveaway: Explore The Oregon Trail with hands-on activities

Have a history buff at home this summer? For kids ages 9-12 who are interested in the issues surrounding western expansion and Manifest Destiny in United States history, there is The Oregon Trail: The Journey Across the Country from Lewis and … Continue reading

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SPEAK: The Graphic Novel is intense, relevant, and powerfully empathetic

In the late 1990’s, Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK became an instant classic that broke ground in Young Adult literature. The novel gave voice to sexual assault and its aftermath via a raw and honest narrative that refused to talk down … Continue reading

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Looking for a YA Vacation Read? Check out *All Summer Long*

With loving observational style, All Summer Long by Hope Larson captures the insecure wavering that is often felt in the time between childhood and adulthood. Bookended by the end of 7th Grade and the beginning of 8th Grade, and broken up into seven … Continue reading

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RBG is an Inspiring and Instructive Must See

The new documentary RBG is a Must See if you believe in The U.S. Constitution, incremental but meaningful forward change that lasts, and the power of focus, love, and laughter. It screened recently as part of The Montclair Film Festival, and … Continue reading

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Review: BE PREPARED by Vera Brosgol

Anyone who has tried and failed to fit in during childhood will find something to relate to in Vera Brosgol’s graphic memoir BE PREPARED. The book opens with 9-year old Vera, an eager and hopeful girl, at the perfect birthday … Continue reading

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Book Review: IS THIS GUY FOR REAL? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman brought joy, anger, laughter, discomfort, confusion, and deep sadness to his audiences. Whether it was performaing as Mighty Mouse, Elvis, Latka, or the Women’s Wrestling Champion of the World, watching Andy Kaufman in action never failed to elicit … Continue reading

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