September Kid’s Book Round Up

First up we’ve got a ginormous book/fold out timeline that’ll look awesome on your wall all the while making you and your kids a bit smarter. Smithsonian teamed up with Sarah Albee and William Exley to give you the North American historical timeline you never knew you needed. Maybe you did know, searched previously and…

Escape from Aleppo

Oh, my heart. Aleppo and all of Syria has faded from the US newscasts, and that is bordering on criminal when you dive into the situation there.  Nadia and her family live in an Aleppo and are attempting to leave the country as the war near them escalates. As they are going Nadia is frozen…

Torpedoed!: A World War II Story of a Sinking Passenger Ship and Two Children’s Survival at Sea

 It’s not even Cybils season, and here I am reading another true story of WW2. Note to publishers and writers- please write about WW1 there is a lack of nonfiction/historical fiction. Anyhow, back to Torpedoed! It’s 1939, and some Americans decide to vacation in Europe even while the threat of a world war hangs heavily…

Middle Grade Dog Books

We are following a rabbit trail right now that includes so many dogs being heroic. It turns out there is no shortage of canine literature.  Why are we reading historical dog fiction? My 11 yo is a little bit dog obsessed right now, so why not mix a high-interest activity with some of the topics…

Norse Mythology

Edited to add: This is my most viewed post on my old blog and most relevant with Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology and American Gods series being so popular right now. I used an Audible credit to hear that version as a sneaky way to get around my no new books 2017 pledge. That clearly is an…

Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter, Nellie Bly

Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter, Nellie Bly Written By: Deborah Noyes Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (February 23, 2016) MG Nonfiction Borrowed from the Chicago Public Library as a Cybils nominee Nellie Bly could have invented the term “girl power,” and she owned a monkey….