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#blogbookaday: Hello Lighthouse

21 May

Hello LighthouseSummary:  “Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp’s wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A perfect story for a trip to the ocean this summer as you learn about all the things it used to take to keep a lighthouse in good working order to save the ships on the sea. The rhythm of the text compares to that of the waves coming onto the shore and rolling back out – a pattern that repeats over and over again. Sophie Blackall’s style of illustrating also fits the old-timey feel of lighthouse keepers, before lighthouse were automated.Definitely an interesting story of the in and outs, the daily tasks and exciting adventures of running a lighthouse.

Personal Reaction: Living in the northeastern part of our country and vacationing quite a few times in the Outer Banks, lighthouses harken back to a simpler time and for me hold a certain amount of mystery and storytelling within their walls. This is the perfect story to share if you’re heading to the beach this summer for vacation, maybe even stopping to tour a lighthouse along the way. I loved how it showed the hard work it took to keep a lighthouse running and how lonely it could be for someone all alone on a small island by themselves. The men and women who took care of lighthouses and saved endless number of ships in the process were truly heroes of their time.

Title: Hello Lighthouse
Author: Sophie Blackall
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 10, 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!

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History Repeats Itself: 13+ Historical Fiction Titles for Ages 13 and up

16 May

Summer is here! And that means loads of time for kids to experience books in all their glory. This is also a great time to encourage kids to read the books they choose (without having to worry about school assignments) and to try out new genres that they might be interested in learning more about. This series will offer titles for toddlers to teens and include a variety of formats. Each week will focus on a different genre and will follow the same format:

  • Mondays – Titles for Ages 3-7
  • Tuesdays – Middle Grade Titles for Ages 8-12
  • Wednesdays – Young Adult Titles for Ages 13+
  • Thursdays – Nonfiction pairings
  • Friday – Recap of the Week

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