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Ribbit – Rodrigo Folgueira

Ribbit is an amazing book about friendship. When the frogs find a pink pig in their pond who responds to their questions with a “Ribbit!” they are concerned that he may be confused or may be trying to make fun of them. Before long the curious incident attracts the attention of the other animals, and […]

The Matchbox Diary – Paul Fleischman

A little girl spends the afternoon getting to know her great-grandfather better by exploring a cigar box filled with matchboxes. Lovingly, the great-grandfather lets the little girl select different matchboxes, and he proceeds to share the significance of each item they find within them. The stories shared take us from the journey he took from […]

The Great Lollipop Caper – Dan Krall

This caper is laugh out loud funny for children and adults. It seems that Mr. Caper is rather jealous of Lollipop. Due to his sour, acidic taste, Mr. Caper is only appreciated by adults rather than children which he wants to change. He hatches a plan to become the most loved flavor of all by […]

I’ve Got Your Back: Biblical Principles for Leading and Following Well – James C. Galvin

I’ve Got Your Back: Biblical Principles for Leading and Following Well is a great little book. It is divided into two parts. The first section is a leadership parable that follows a group of people who are trying to discover what it means to be a good leader. The second portion of the book explores […]

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin – Jen Bryant

This picture book biography of Horace Pippin shares his love of art and the many challenges he faced. Most notably, Horace was seriously injured in World War I and was no longer able to lift up his right arm. With time and determination, he taught himself how to draw again by holding his right hand […]

The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today’s World – Susan Merrill

I enjoy Susan Merrill’s writing from iMom so I was looking forward to reading The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today’s World. This book was even better than I had hoped. Susan has used the book of Nehemiah as a guide to parenting and provides parallels throughout her text. The focus of this book […]

Prince Cinders – Babette Cole

Prince Cinders is a fun retelling of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. This time the story revolves around a prince who has to stay home and take care of the cleaning while his brothers go out on the town. There is a fairy in this version as well. It seems her magical ways are not […]

Lizzy Nonsense – Jan Ormerod

Lizzie Nonsense features the imaginative adventures of Lizzie who is growing up during the pioneer days on the Australian bush. This book highlights the special bond between a young girl and her mother and the power of imagination. The text and illustrations work together beautifully to capture the challenges of pioneer life.

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The Absent Author (A to Z Mysteries) – Ron Roy

It seems I am on a continual hunt for chapter books that are at the right reading level and are also age appropriate for our daughter. She is going into first grade and loves to read. The Magic Tree House Series as well as the Cam Jansen Series have been big hits so I was […]