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Way Back Wednesday ~ Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

This review was originally posted August 31, 2011.

Wind in the Willows is a HUGE favorite at our home! This classic tale is filled with adventure and animals that behave like human beings. Grahame’s descriptive detail helps the reader “see” Mole, Water Rat, Badger, and Toad as well as appreciate their unique personalities and ultimately […]

Keeper of the Lost Cities – Shannon Messenger

Today, our little lady is stepping in and doing a book review for the blog.

Keeper of the Lost Cities is a phenomenal book. It is fast-paced and has lots of plot twists that make the storyline even more interesting. You can also really relate to all of the characters and what they […]

A Place for Pluto – Stef Wade

We loved A Place for Pluto! This highly engaging book details Pluto’s shock and dismay when he is stripped of his planet status and his subsequent attempts to find where he might fit within the universe. Scientifically sound, funny, and encouraging, A Place for Pluto is a winner.



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Stef Wade


Juvenile Fiction



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Way Back Wednesday – First Day of School

Today is our daughter’s first day of middle school, and the message of The Dot seemed the perfect way to start the year. Looking forward to a great one!

The Dot is perhaps my favorite picture book of all time. The Dot introduces us to Vashti a little girl who is not very eager […]

Say Something – Peter H. Reynolds

Our favorite children’s book author has released another winner! Say Something encourages the reader to realize that everyone has something worthwhile to share and by sharing can make the world a better place. Delightful illustrations make the text come to life in this tale of encouragement and empowerment. Say Something is the perfect classroom read […]

Way Back Wednesday ~ Island of the Blue Dolphin– Scott O’Dell

This post was originally published on January 12, 2015.

This classic was one of my very favorites as a child. I was excited to share it with our daughter, and I was delighted that she loved it too. Island of the Blue Dolphin shares the story of Karana and her survival on an island off […]

Little Mouse’s Big Valentine – Thacher Hurd

This is my favorite Valentine’s Day book in our collection. Little Mouse has a very big valentine that he wants to share, but none of his friends are interested because it is just too big. As he ponders how to solve his dilemma, Little Mouse makes a new friend and together they come up with […]

Way Back Wednesday ~ Word of Mouse – James Patterson

This is still a special favorite!

Word of Mouse is a terrific book which features Isaiah the Mouse. Although Isaiah is scared about just about everything after being raised in a laboratory, he is very smart and has a will to succeed. Through a very special friendship with a girl he meets after escaping from […]

Me and Marvin Gardens – Amy Sarig King

Today a special guest blogger (my daughter) is sharing details about her favorite Bluebonnet Award nominee.

Me and Marvin Gardens is a book about friendship and a love of nature. This book introduces us to Obe, who is a boy who loves the outdoors and goes out to their family’s patch of land almost every […]

Star Bright: A Christmas Story ~ Author – Alison McGhee and Illustrator – Peter H. Reynolds

A Christmas Story is a lovely book that tells the story of an angel who is uncertain what to bring to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus. Ultimately, she realizes a star that shines brightly is the perfect gift for a king. The text and illustrations in this book work together beautifully to create a […]