Category Archives: Childhood Favorites

Book Review: The Graveyard Book

. Author: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins, 2008 Genre: Children/Middlegrade Format: Audiobook Narrated by the author Awards: Newberry Medel Winner 2009 I’m on a course to read all of the Newberry Medal winners that I missed over the last couple of busy … Continue reading

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A Book Club Read: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

. Author: Betty Smith Original Publisher: Harper & Brothers 1943 Genre: Classic/Historical Fiction One of the book clubs I belong to has members who are all over the age of 65 and have widely diverse backgrounds. I’ve found them to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pack of Dorks by Beth Vradel

. I hope you don’t mind if I do a little grandmotherly bragging. My granddaughter, Lou (age 9), has well-rounded interests. She’s a good friend, a good soccer player, and is quite the reader. Lou has already read most of … Continue reading

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Book Review: This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration

I’m participating in Aarti’s reading challenge called A More Diverse Universe 2014. The goal of the challenge is to read books by authors of color. The challenge is only for the last two weeks of September. I’ve already read The … Continue reading

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Newberry Honor Winner 2011: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Publisher: Amistad, 2010 One of my challenges this year is to read some of the Newberry Award winners. In my experience, these stories, although written for children, are some of the best around. One of my favorites in this book, … Continue reading

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Newberry Medal Winner 2011: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

According to Ruth Graham in a recent Slate.com article, I should be embarrassed to be reading YA and/or children’s books. I don’t know Ms. X, but her bullying tactics mean nothing to me. I love reading good books no matter … Continue reading

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Newberry Award Winner 2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

This week is National Children’s Book Week. I’m happy to share the word and throw a little light on a group of books that has given me so many pleasurable reading hours. I didn’t leave those books behind when I … Continue reading

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Newberry Medal Winner 2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Newberry Medal winning books are selected annually. They highlight the best children’s books published during the previous year. It helps parents, teachers, librarians, and, yes, children select books that, hopefully, will be cherished for years. It’s often the starting … Continue reading

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Book Review: Strawberry Girl

Strawberry Girl Lois Lenski Harper Collins, 1945 John Newberry Medal Winner What a pleasure to go back in time and remember sitting/lying on our front porch one summer with this book. That summer I was living out this tale of … Continue reading

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