Storytelling Magic with The Magician’s Secret

I love a good multi-generational story, especially when it is also a story about storytelling. I have really fond memories of my bubby (grandmother in Yiddish) telling the most outrageous stories. We thought about having her type them up, but we didn't get it done soon enough and we didn't help her do it, so … Continue reading Storytelling Magic with The Magician’s Secret

Bridging the Gap and Amal Unbound

I recently discovered a really wonderful podcast called "Lifelines: Books that Bridge the Divide." Hosts Ann Braden and Saadia Faruqi aim to "share conversations with librarians, educators, and readers about the children’s books that can be bridges across our cultural divides…the books that can open minds and the books that can be the lifeline a … Continue reading Bridging the Gap and Amal Unbound

If You Were a Kid Building a Pyramid

We have long been fascinated by Ancient Egypt. The pyramids, in particular, are an architectural wonder and part of Jewish history. So when I came across the relatively new book, If You Were a Kid Building a Pyramid, I had to check it out. Turns out that this is a series of pretty cool books … Continue reading If You Were a Kid Building a Pyramid

The Way to Bea

I think that it is only appropriate that I finished this book a few days after writing about picture books that encourage children to embrace their individuality. The Way to Bea, by Kat Yeh, is a really wonderful book for middle graders that handles the same type of concept, but for older kids experiencing completely … Continue reading The Way to Bea

Free to be Yourself

I love the idea of books that show kids that they can be whoever and whatever they like. One kid might love playing sports. Another might be a theater lover. One might want to play with trucks and another wants everything to be glittery and stylish. Friends don't have to agree on everything, as long … Continue reading Free to be Yourself

On Gull Beach – Blog Tour and Giveaway

Welcome to Day #9 of the On Gull Beach Blog Tour! To celebrate the release of On Gull Beach by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Bob Marstall on March 27th, blogs across the web are featuring a scavenger hunt interview with Jane, plus 10 chances to win a set of On Bird Hill, On Duck Pond, and On … Continue reading On Gull Beach – Blog Tour and Giveaway

Travel through time with Hot on the Trail in Ancient Egypt

Part graphic novel, part history lesson, part science fiction, Hot on the Trail in Ancient Egypt has it all and together it is a hit. * Thank you to NetGalley for the digital review copy. All opinions are my own. Learning about ancient civilizations is an important part of the educational process. It helps us … Continue reading Travel through time with Hot on the Trail in Ancient Egypt