Saturday, December 10th, 2016






Today I offer 3 great books on Christmas – all published by Candlewick Press. The Christmas Story By Robert Sabuda A fantastic pop up book telling the story of the birth of Jesus.






For books to read during the school year, there’s a new one for middle schoolers called Earning My Spots. If your child is a fan of Spirit Animals and Warriors, he/she might like this. The author, Mark Eastburn, tells the story of Sam and his family, the only werehyenas in their town. They do their best to keep up their cover in front of the humans while the other more aggressive shifters mock the werehyena family for being weak and passive.











Super Cool Tech is one eye-opening book.

The packaging itself is well…cool. The design is like a laptop and you read through the pages horizontally. The subjects inside will appeal to anyone who is interested in modern technology. Recommended for ages 8-12, I assure you even adults will want to read this. It peaked my interest.











The newest book I want to share with you today is by a dear friend. Her latest accomplishment is Bones of True Believers: Poems by Susan Pilewski (paperback; $13). Published by Local Gems Press, there are 68 pages of thoughtful literature.
Read what Susan has to say!











Here’s a great baby shower gift idea!

COLORING FOR MOMS AND MOMS-TO-BE from Doubleday Books for Young Readers is designed for the busy parent as well as for those expecting.











Camp Dork Pack of Dorks, Book 2 by Beth Vrabel

My fourth-grader has been reading this at bedtime and he seems to be enjoying it. I read the first chapter to him and it hooked us right in. This book is a sequel to Beth Vrabel’s humorous debut novel Pack of Dorks, and now I understand why a second book was needed from this author.











Do your kids like to cook? Quarto Publishing Group USA has released three books for their Let’s Cook series.

The Let’s Cook French, Let’s Cook Italian, and Let’s Cook Spanish brings together popular cultural recipes, gorgeous artwork, and foreign languages to create a family reference cookbook that engages children in the culture, community, and food of a different country.











Revealing this year’s “reading superheroes” for the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge(www.scholastic.com/summer)!

The Summer Reading Challenge is a free online program that helps kids take the “summer leap” into great books. Kids can now enter their reading minutes from now until September 9th.











Ever wondered what happened to the child actor Mara Wilson who had starring roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda? She now plays The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home on Welcome to Night Vale, and hosts her show about fears and anxieties, What Are YouAfraid Of?











Here are two new non-fiction books by Sky Pony Press that my son has been reading at bedtime:

Weird & Wacky Inventions by Jim Murphy contains the weirdest and wackiest inventions from the past. Presented in a quiz style, there are simple and clear explanations on how the inventions worked or failed to work.











Here’s a wonderful new take on Beatrix Potter.

BEATRIX POTTER & THE UNFORTUNATE TALE OF A BORROWED GUINEA PIG (Schwartz and Wade Books) is an awesome hardcover book written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Charlotte Voake.











Reindeer Dust is a holiday picture book by Kate Dwyer. Also illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, the story is about the ritual of sprinkling “reindeer dust” on Christmas Eve to attract Santa’s reindeer.











In the latest new book release from Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley wonders if life was better in the old days as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free.











Get ready to laugh at some of blogger Jen Mann’s funniest moments in her latest book, Spending The Holidays With People I Want To Punch In The Throat.











Today’s book review is not really of a book per say. Parragon has released Professor Murphy’s Emporium of Entertainment: Metal Puzzles ($10.99).