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Kid Lit Giveaway Blog Hop

Kid Lit Giveaway Blog Hop

Kid Lit Giveaway Blog Hop in Honor of Children’s Book Week I’m trying something new here with Bookworm Bear:  the Kid Lit Giveaway Blog Hop in Honor of Children’s Book Week.  Bookworm Bear will be giving one lucky reader a $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com.  All you need to do to enter (one entry per…

The Hundred Dresses

The Hundred Dresses

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin This is a story about Wanda.  But, it is also a story about Maddie, and about Peggy.  It is a story about being a little different, and a story about bullying and how a group treats someone who is a little different. Wanda was a…

Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo “My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes and I came back with a dog.” So begins this compelling middle grade novel by Kate DiCamillo. Opal, the main…

The Cobble Street Cousins

The Cobble Street Cousins

The Cobble Street Cousins series by Cynthia Rylant has a sweet, old-timey feel – with everyday things making the stories, and nothing really upsetting happening.  These books are great for newer readers who are ready to tackle chapter books (around 55 pages), but still enjoy having smaller illustrations on most pages.  The series has at…

Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole

Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole

Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole by Wong Herbert Yee Mouse and Mole are neighbors, sharing the same tree.  They are friends, and they have their differences.  But, as friends, they try to work out any conflicts with some creative problem solving. Mole sweeps his hole every morning to keep it tidy.  Mouse sweeps her house every…

The Cricket in Times Square

The Cricket in Times Square

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden, illustrated by Garth Williams Chester Cricket was a country cricket.  He enjoyed hopping around in his meadow, sitting on his stump, and eating liverwurst.  Chester Cricket hopped onto a picnic blanket to eat part of a liverwurst sandwich – and found himself bundled up with the sandwich…

The Blue Hill Meadows

The Blue Hill Meadows

The Blue Hill Meadows by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Ellen Beier Willie Meadow lives with his family (mother, father, and big brother) in Blue Hill, Virginia – a green valley with mountains and lakes nearby. Things in Blue Hill seem to belong to a simpler, slower time.  This is a book about Willie and his…

The End of the Beginning

The End of the Beginning

The End of the Beginning by Avi Avon was a snail who lived in a tree, read a great many books, and longed for adventure. “It was absolutely necessary, he decided, to have adventures for himself.  Only then would he be happy.” He set out to have adventures, and was joined by a new friend,…

Bramble and Maggie

Bramble and Maggie

Bramble and Maggie by Jessie Haas, illustrated by Alison Friend Bramble is a horse who gives riding lessons in a riding ring.  But, Bramble is getting bored of riding around and around the ring while Mrs. Blenkinsop tells the riders what to do (and they tell Bramble what to do). Bramble expresses her boredom by…

Keeker and the Sneaky Pony

Keeker and the Sneaky Pony

Keeker and the Sneaky Pony by Hadley Higginson, illustrated by Maja Andersen This is a good book for readers who are ready to move beyond the beginning reader books, but who feel a little intimidated by longer chapter books. Keeker is an eight-year-old girl who desperately wants a pony.  She has taken riding lessons, been…

Tuesdays at the Castle

Tuesdays at the Castle

I try to avoid princess books unless the young royal in question is a very strong character who takes matters into her own hands.  Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George has a main character who is strong, creative, quirky, and, oh yes – a princess. Princess Celie is the youngest child of King…

Gooseberry Park

Gooseberry Park

I first came across Cynthia Rylant’s writing through the Henry and Mudge books when my children were learning to read.  When they were ready for longer books, we found several books by Cynthia Rylant that seemed safe, yet still new and interesting, to my blossoming readers. Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant was a favorite for…

 

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