Tag Archives: blog about children’s books

A Year Without Autumn

The only thing unpredictable about Jenni Green’s life is her best friend Autumn, the carefree, fun-loving maven of new adventures. When Jenni stumbles upon a strange old elevator, her life skips ahead a year, and everything is different. Autumn, her … Continue reading


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If this fast-paced world is spinning your head around, pick up Slowpoke, an easy reader by Emily Smith Pearce and illustrated by Canadian Scot Richie. When eating her Oaty Loops one-by-one causes Fiona to miss the bus, she is sent to Speed … Continue reading

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Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff

It looks like a scrapbook of refrigerator notes, journal entries and instant messaging, but Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf tells an intricate story of friendship, a delinquent sibling and Ginny Davis’s middle school angst all liberally dosed with humour. There’s … Continue reading

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An Edible Alphabet: 26 Reasons to Love the Farm

Let’s start the new year with an ABC book for more than just the very young.  It’s a hybrid  nonfiction book with a bit of poetry and a few narrative anecdotes rounding out the lush information.  For the very young, … Continue reading

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Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest

Narrated by big sister and neat-freak Olivia, Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest shows the foibles of Sophie as she navigates life in her free-spirited way.  Judith Viorst creates memorable and endearing characters while Robin Preiss Glasser captures their spirits in … Continue reading

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Find new favourites and timeless treasures

This blog is an archive of all the best books in children’s literature.  Updated frequently, it includes new books as well as classics, with teaching points and links to more activities. I invite you to read the books, rate and … Continue reading

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Lonnie is a quiet kid who lives with Miss Edna, his foster-mother, because his parents died.  Grappling with the ensuing grief as well as separation from his little sister, Lonnie turns to poetry to express himself. Locomotion, a novel in … Continue reading

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Spitting Image

Jessie’s world may be poor, but she’s surrounded by rich characters like Baby Blue, who barely talks even though he’s four and Robert E. Ketchum who hasn’t decided what the E stands for yet.  When President Johnson’s War on Poverty … Continue reading

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Hello world!

My sister wanted recommendations on children’s books and I thought about it for a long while.  There are enough book review blogs out there, but what about a place where parents, teachers and anyone else interested in children’s literature could … Continue reading

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