Category Archives: Review

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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Books for Middle Readers: Best Gift Ever

There are so many amazing books out there that make the perfect gift. Throw a cool bookmark on top, and you’re good to go no matter who is on your gift list. This list is for the avid young readers … Continue reading

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Books for Kids: The Best Gift Ever

My home is overflowing in books. Each member of our household, save the dog, has lots of books and a true aversion for clearing out the shelves (or stacks…). Even so, there’s always room for more! What follows are some … Continue reading

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Quick List of Halloween Book Treats for Kids

Ages 3-7: ROOM ON THE BROOM by Julia Donaldson This favorite story of a witch, her cat, her broom, and lots of room for friends is a delight. The repetition will make sure children “read along” and get familiar with … Continue reading

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