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Book Review: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

9 Nov

52Synopsis: The large Vanderbeeker family has only known life in a brownstone on 141st Street, so the five kids (and their parents) are heartbroken when they find out their mysterious and cranky landlord who lives upstairs will not be renewing their rent after Christmas. The kids take on the challenge and over the course of 11 days, they do everything in their power to not only save the only home they’ve ever known, but to get to know their landlord at the same time.

With gifts, petitions, research and the help of pretty much the whole neighborhood, this is the story of what it means to be a friend and what home truly is.

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It’s Monday! What Are Your Reading? 11/6/17

6 Nov

As expected long days at work, plus an awesome KidLitCon left me with very little extra time for reading this week. I finished The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Glaser – and all I can say is I would love to live in the Vanderbeekers brownstone in Harlem with lots of love and family exploits, plus neighbors who rally together when you need it. I also read The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez about a spunky girl who wants to be punk, but also must figure out how to combine all the parts of who she is – sometimes being two halves doesn’t always feel like it makes one whole.

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Picture Book Month: Storms & Typhoons

5 Nov

If you’re looking for the most adorable stormy to read to your scared little ones. Look no further than – Stormy Night by Salina Yoon. I first fell in love with Salina’s work after reading her book Penguin & Pinecone and I was hooked. This is a sweet story of a little bear frightened by the stormy night outside his window, but he tries to be brave as he comforts first his stuffie – Floppy, then his mama, and then his papa. I love the way Salina chose to give our little protagonist the power to comfort his parents becuase it made him feel empowered, but she also shared his scared side and when the time came his parents were right by his side. I love this book completely and it’s a must read for the whole family on those stormy nights! Continue reading

Picture Book Month: Mothers

2 Nov

2 (1)A sweet title for new moms of daughters, as the mom in this story watches her daughter grow up with beautiful couplets, such as, “One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one.” If you’re looking for a beautiful gift for a new (or well-versed) mom, look no further than this book by Alison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds. Continue reading

Halloween Giveaway

30 Oct

Frankenbunny CoverStop by Literacious all day tomorrow, Tuesday, October 31st to win a copy of Frankebunny by Jill Esbaum and illustrated by Alice Brereton!

Spencer the Bunny’s big brothers ALWAYS frighten him with scary monster stories. And the most terrifying beast of all is Frankenbunny – with his crusty fangs, flashing red eyes, and ginormous paws. But when Spencer discovers that his brothers made the whole thing up, he hatches a plan to turn the tables on them and conquer his own fears . . . forever!

Any child (or adult!) who’s ever feared the monster in the closet, or a dark room, will scream over FRANKENBUNNY (Sterling Children’s Books, November 2017) by Jill Esbaum.

See you tomorrow!

*Only for residents of the U.S. or Canada.


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