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Newberry Medal Winner 2014: Flora and Ulysses

I’m finally ready to begin working on the Newberry Reading Challenge. Because of my Triple Dog Dare Challenge, I couldn’t read anything new for the first three months of the year. It had to be books already on my shelves. Now that I’ve completed my challenge, I’m ready to catch up on these wonderful award-winning […]

Book Review: Twerp

Author: Mafk Goldblatt Publisher: Random House, May 28, 2013 Genre: Middle-Grade Fiction Source: The publisher My Rating: A My first job out of college was teaching a fifth-grade class that was two-thirds boys. Reading was one of my challenges. No one read at grade level. All my Reading Groups were reading what they called “baby […]

Book Review: When You Reach Me

Author: Rebecca Stead Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books, 2009 Genre: Young Adult Fiction Award Won: Newberry Medal Winner, 2010 My Rating: A Miranda is a twelve-year-old girl in New York City in the 1970s. She loves to read. Her favorite book is Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time. She loves it so much that she carries […]

An Award-Winner: The Midwife’s Apprentice

Author: Karen Cushman Publisher: Clarion Books, 1996 Genre: Historical Fiction My Rating: A I have a fondness for books that have won or been nominated for the Newberry Award. These awards are given by the American Library Association annually for the most distinguished children’s books. Most of the books I’ve read and loved are aimed for […]

Favorite Books From Childhood

The past six months I have thoroughly enjoyed reading favorite books from my childhood. When I first decided to join this challenge I knew I had hundreds of books to choose from. I decided to choose those books that really stuck in my head and in my heart.I read these books as a child, I […]

Book Review: Little Women

Little Women is at the top of my list of childhood favorites. I’m not alone, as almost every female friend and acquaintance I know says the same thing. Louisa May Alcott wrote this book in 1868. It was an instant hit and has continued to remain a hit. It’s a story loosely based on the […]

Book Review: Heidi by Johanna Spyri

The last six months I have been re-reading my favorite books from my childhood. It has been a wonderful stroll through my youthful memories and, because I read most of these books to my children, I’m remembering those times as well. I recommend the practice to anyone with fond recollection of childhood books. I want […]

Book Review: Charlotte’s Web

Today is the birthday of our youngest granddaughter, Lou. She is four-years-old today. She and her mom (our daughter Candice) have been reading Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. I’ve also been reading the book for the Childhood Favourites Reading Challenge. I thought today would be a good day to share my book review. Thanks to […]

Childhood Favorite: On The Banks of Plum Creek

I am thoroughly enjoying this chance to re-read some of the books I enjoyed as a child. Most of us who are adult book lovers got our start as children. We can all give lists of those favorites. And then, if we have children of our own, we get to share those favorites with our […]

A Childhood Favorite: Homer Price

Homer Price Robert McCloskey The Viking Press, 1941 Genre: Children’s Fiction Homer Price was one of my childhood heroes. I was quite the tomboy and I imagined myself as Homer. We had a lot of things in common. We both lived in the Midwest, although his town is smaller than mine. We both have some […]