The Magical World of Polly Diamond

I'm always on the lookout for great transitional chapter books. I think I have a book buyer inside of me just waiting to get out. Transitional chapter books are one of the things that my local libraries really seem to lack. We have digital versions of some of them, but the actual, physical book is … Continue reading The Magical World of Polly Diamond

Curiosity and Creativity can Make a Difference

Air pollution. It is everywhere. As a child in Los Angeles, I remember having smog alerts and days where they didn't want you to play outside because the air quality was not great. Some have made great strides to reduce the pollution that we produce, but it continues to be a problem. In the US, … Continue reading Curiosity and Creativity can Make a Difference

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

The House that Lou Built

Imagine that you are a part of a very tight knit community and that the only tie that you have to your father, who died before you were born, is a small piece of land and a love of architecture. You have planned to build a tiny house on your land during the summer only … Continue reading The House that Lou Built

Grump – The (Fairly) True Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Liesl Shurtliff is the master at taking a well known fairy tale and giving you a completely different perspective. When Rump first came out, it was such an interesting book and a whole different way to approach a fractured fairy tale, or as she likes to call it, "the (fairly) true story." In Grump (Knopf … Continue reading Grump – The (Fairly) True Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Ellie, Engineer

Thank you to @NetGalley and @bloomsburypublishing for providing me with a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Description: Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can't wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and … Continue reading Ellie, Engineer