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The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments: Awesome Things To Do With Your Parents, Babysitters and Other Adults – Rachel Miller, Holly Homer, and Jamie Harrington

See larger image The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments: Awesome Things To Do With Your Parents, Babysitters and Other Adults Our little lady loves science, and we have had a number of science experiment books over the years.  This one is by far our favorite.  First, the layout of the book is terrific.  Experiments […]

Way Back Wednesday ~ The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate – Jacqueline Kelly

See larger image The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate This post was originally published on September 21, 2016.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a favorite at our home.  It is a beautifully written book that explores a scientific question (Why the yellow grasshoppers in her backyard are bigger than the green ones?) and the […]

Story Thieves – James Riley

See larger image Story Thieves Book Thieves is a great fantasy adventure tale.  Many a book lover has dreamed of having the ability to jump into a story he was reading.  Book Thieves lets us find out what happens when someone really does jump into the story!  This is the first book in the […]

Little Cat’s Luck – Marion Dane Bauer

See larger image Little Cat’s Luck Little Cat’s Luck is a sweet tale told in verse.  Prompted by a fluttering fall leaf, an indoor cat named Patches ventures out exploring.  Ultimately, it takes the help of many different animals for Patches to find her way back home and her happy ending.  Little Cat’s Luck […]

Wayback Wednesday ~ The Hundred Dresses – Eleanor Estes

See larger image The Hundred Dresses My daughter and I read this book together a couple of years ago, and we are still talking about it.

The Hundred Dresses tells a thought provoking tale about peer pressure.  Although written in the 1940’s it is sadly still highly relevant.  It is a short book, but […]

The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective – Elizabeth Eulberg

See larger image The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective The Great Shelby Holmes is a fun, touching, and exciting tale.  It features Shelby Holmes who is an amazing sleuth and her new friend John who becomes her crime solving partner.  A great middle school mystery tale, The Great Shelby Holmes also shares the story of a developing friendship.

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Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay – Susan Hood

See larger image Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay I first became aware of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay from an episode of 60 Minutes.  This uplifting and inspirational children’s book shares the story of that very special orchestra which is composed of instruments made from recycled trash.  Ada’s Violin […]

The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart

See larger image The Mysterious Benedict Society: 10th Anniversary Edition It is always fun to find a new series that our daughter enjoys.  The Mysterious Benedict Society is an engaging adventure tale featuring intermediate grade students.  Our daughter could not put this one down.  I found her reading it as she tried to brush her teeth! 

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Way Back Wednesday ~ Echo – Pam Muñoz Ryan

See larger image Echo Looking for a terrific book for a tween mother/daughter summer book club?  Echo would be a terrific option!  This post was originally published on 11/09/16.

Echo was another favorite for our daughter as she read the nominated books for the Texas Bluebonnet Award.  The book is a bit larger than […]

Way Back Wednesday ~ Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden – Edith Pattou

See larger image Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden Looking for a lovely book to give to a beloved teacher at the end of the year?  Mrs. Spitzer’s garden is a winner!  This post was originally published on 01/11/10.

Beautiful pictures coupled with simple text provide a powerful message. Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden highlights the impact and influence […]