Book Reviews

by Marianne McKee Picture books can be wonderful vehicles for examining serious issues, and they are appreciated by all of us, not just the very young. Picture books tighten things up, and like poetry, they present the essence of things. On a recent visit to my local library, I realized there are many picture books … More Book Reviews

Book Review

Hamster Princess Harriet the Invincible By Ursula Vernon Princess Harriet Hamsterbone is the anti-princess. She loves fighting, cliff-diving and all sorts of unseemly sports and hobbies. So when she figures out that a curse, set to take effect when she turns twelve, also means she is invincible until then, she is thrilled. She has the … More Book Review

Book Review: Animalium

by Jenny Broom Illustrations by Kate Scott What is it: a picture book, textbook, coffee table book, reference book or living history museum? Using a bit of each of these elements, Broom and Scott have put together a book that explains evolution from the opening galleries of insects and invertebrates to the closing exhibits of … More Book Review: Animalium

Great Summer Reads for Kids and Young Adults

Roller Coaster, by Marla Frazee This picture book captures the roller coaster experience perfectly! I have used it in writing workshops for elementary school students as a model for using emotion and sensory detail to write about an experience. Kid Vs. Squid, by Greg Van Eekhout This wild, wacky book is the perfect beach read … More Great Summer Reads for Kids and Young Adults