Teaching a Lesson on Kindness through Books

“Careful the things you say, children will listen. Careful the things you do, children will see and learn.” So says Stephen Sondheim in the beginning the song “Children Will Listen.” Sometimes people forget that children are little sponges who soak it all up and they notice everything that we do. In light of everything going … Continue reading Teaching a Lesson on Kindness through Books

The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City

Welcome back to Middle Grade Monday! This week I am reviewing The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City, by Jodi Kendall. Thank you to @KidLitExchange for a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own. Summary from Goodreads: Josie Shilling’s family is too big, their cramped city house is too … Continue reading The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City

Refugee by Alan Gratz

There are times when books and history or social studies lessons go hand in hand. Refugee is one such book. This should be on required reading lists for middle graders, and adults might learn a thing or two from it as well. I first heard of Refugee as it was coming out last summer and … Continue reading Refugee by Alan Gratz

Tiny Stitches

Since being published in 2016, the book Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, by Gwendolyn Hooks, has garnered a lot of praise. This book is special because it tells the important story of Vivien Thomas – both his amazing contribution to the medical world and the struggles that he had to face … Continue reading Tiny Stitches

Princess Pulverizer – or a Princess who really wants to be a Knight

Thank you @kidlitexchange for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own. Princess Puliverizer (aka Princess Serena) doesn’t want to be a princess, she wants to be a knight. Unfortunately, she is stuck in etiquette classes and her attitude leaves something to be desired. After getting … Continue reading Princess Pulverizer – or a Princess who really wants to be a Knight

Hanukkah Book Roundup 2017

Every year as the winter holidays roll around I’m always on the lookout for new Hanukkah books. We of course have our long-time favorites, but finding new books is always a great adventure. Since Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown, I wanted to finally get my collection up. While not a new book, Stephanie Spinner’s It’s … Continue reading Hanukkah Book Roundup 2017

Sukkot – the Fall Harvest Festival

Every fall, Jews around the world come together to celebrate Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, also known as the High Holidays. Five days after Yom Kippur is over, another holiday starts again, this time, it is the wonderful holiday of Sukkot. Sukkot celebrates the fall harvest and the exodus from Egypt. Many families build their … Continue reading Sukkot – the Fall Harvest Festival