Forest Has a Song – Amy Ludwig Vanderwater

Forest Has a Song is a wonderful celebration of the outdoors presented in poems.  The fact that a long haired brunette little girl is the person exploring the outdoors throughout the book simply delighted our daughter.  She kept on telling me that the little girl in the book was her.  Forest Has a Song would be a great resource for introducing poetry in the elementary classroom.  The pictures truly enhance the text.  This one is worth a look!

Mom Seeks God: Practicing Grace in the Chaos – Julia Roller

As a new mother it is hard not to feel overwhelmed at times.  Mom Seeks God presents advice regarding how to grow spiritually during the early years of motherhood.  The text would be terrific for a new mother’s Bible study.  It takes the reader through ten spiritual disciplines with humor and practical ideas to aid growth in your faith.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Litfuse Publicity Group, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.


The Year of Billy Miller – Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes works are favorites at our home, and this book was no exception.  It was terrific.  The book shares the life of Billy Miller and takes the reader through his entire second grade year.  Lots of early chapter books use the setting of a school, but few have a main character who is a boy.  This was a nice change of pace.  I also appreciated that the situations presented in the book were completely age appropriate for a second grader.

Maple – Lori Nichols

Our daughter has a great appreciation for the outdoors.  Walking home from school often becomes a “nature walk” for us, and her passion and excitement for sticks, leaves and pods seems to be growing with age.  I knew when I saw the front cover of Maple that more investigation was needed.  I was not disappointed.

Maple is a little girl whose parents planted a Maple tree in her honor when she was “just a whisper”.  Throughout the story we are able to see a friendship grow between Maple and her tree.  Every season brings new joys and new challenges and her tree is there every step of the way.

Beautiful pictures and sweet text make this a new favorite at our home!

The Tree Lady – H. Joseph Hopkins

The Tree Lady shares the story of Kate Sessions (“Mother of Balboa Park”), who was the first woman to graduate with a degree in science from the University of California.  Through her study of plants and trees she transformed a desert like park area in San Diego to a lush tree filled paradise that remains today one hundred years later.  The text of The Tree Lady is well written as well as interesting and the illustrations are terrific.  This one is a winner!