Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites

14 Aug
  1. Nerdy Book Club
    A passionate group of people share their love for reading – focused more on teachers and school environments, but I always find valuable information on their essays written by authors, teachers, librarians and more.
  2. MG Book Village
    A fairly new place for people who love middle grade books to connect and learn! I’m loving their book release calendar which keeps me updated with new titles weekly!
  3. Brightly
    “Founded in 2014 by a small team of passionate bookworms and parents, Brightly is a resource to help moms, dads, and educators grow lifelong readers. Launched in partnership with Penguin Random House, the Webby-nominated website features book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.”
  4. Book Riot
    Book Riot is filled with booklists, podcasts and news from the publishing world with a focus on diversity. I listen to the Get Booked podcast and Hey YA! podcast and am constantly checking on what they’re talking about online!

  5. Goodreads
    I use Goodreads daily to track my reading – noting what I want to read in the future and keeping track of what I’ve read in the past. I can rate and even leave a review or synopsis for myself.
    “The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.” I got the chance to be a kids non-fiction judge one year and although it was a lot of work, it was so much fun at the same time!
  7. Books Between
    “Books Between is a podcast created to help teachers, parents, and librarians connect kids between 8 and 12 to books they’ll love. ” I love Corrina’s podcast and although she is a teacher, I’m constantly finding information that I find interesting and exciting.
  8. School Library Journal
    This is a valuable resource filled with reviews and articles about children and young adult literature. We use this one at work as one of our review journals for purchasing materials.

  9. Jbrary
    Jbrary is an amazing resource for storytime and for parents looking for some new songs and books to share with little ones. I got a chance to meet Dana and Lindsey at an ALA Annual Conference and had so much fun!
  10. Awful Library Books
    The tagline for this website is “Hoarding is not collection development” as libraries share titles they’ve found in their collection that are just old and awful!


TTT-Big2Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.


#blogbookaday: Prickly Hedgehogs!

13 Aug

Prickly Hedgehogs.jpgSummary:  “Who is that small and prickly creature? Visit a hedgehog mom and her babies as she teaches them to survive on their own.

When the sun has set, Hedgehog’s day has only just begun. She’s out and about, snuffling through layers of leaves and twigs as she searches for bugs and other things to eat. Young animal lovers will enjoy following Hedgehog and her little hoglets through towns and gardens, parks and woodland, as they sniff-sniff-sniff for food. The facts threaded throughout this inviting story augment the charming illustrations and will satisfy the most inquisitive of readers. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A perfect mix between story and facts, Prickly Hedgehogs takes you through a year in the life of a baby hedgehog as it learns to hunt, builds a home and gets ready to hibernate all winter long. With additional, sidebar facts this is the perfect story for little ones who always ask why!

Personal Reaction: I adored the mixed media illustrations that keep the story beautiful and accurate. Plus with an afterword of more information about hedgehogs, an index, and some more resources about hedgehogs available in the back of the book, this makes for a really great STEM title for little ones – accessible, adorable, and fun!

Title: Prickly Hedgehogs
Author: Jane McGuinness
Illustrator: Jane McGuinness
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: March 13, 2018

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/13/18

13 Aug

I finished up Nightbooks by J.A. White and have to say that I really enjoyed it! It incorporated some folk and fairy tales in a really unique way and was just creepy enough – a great fall booktalk for middle grade readers! I started The Train to Impossible Places: A Cursed Delivery by P. G. Bell which is a fantasy adventure novel and am really curious to see what happens.

I haven’t had any time to look for Just Under the Clouds by Melissa Sarno, so I’m going to try and work on that this week, but in the mean time I did put on hold Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi and The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell. I honestly don’t know how I haven’t had these on my radar before now, but I’ve heard so many great things about these titles and I can’t wait to read them!


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

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