Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin captures the days before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 for four very different children: a girl whose mother travels to New York, a Muslim girl, a boy who lives in New York, and a boy who lives Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Two days before, all four children’s paths cross as they wait for their airplane in Chicago, and their paths cross once more when they all attend the Ground Zero memorial in New York City the following year, September 11, 2002.Continue Reading
OCDaniel by Wesley King is a much needed added addition to Young Adult collections, as it puts a frequently taboo subject (mental illness) at the center of the story. OCDaniel is about a middle school boy suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but he does not quite know what it is. He feels progressively frustrated with his strange obsessions and his inability to let go of things he knows are not reasonable. Enter a strange girl from his school who has her own mental disorders that make daily life miserable. She needs help, and since she recognizes Daniel’s issue, she believes he is one that is able to help him. Together, Daniel learns a little bit what a true friend looks like, and he is able to come to a recognition of the fact that he needs help in overcoming his unique condition.Continue Reading
I had a delightful holiday season this year, in which I did not (obviously) worry about keeping up with my reviewing blog. Strawberry, aged 3, and Raisin, who recently turned 8, enjoyed a book advent calendar in which we unwrapped a different favorite picture book each day in December leading up to Christmas. This made each day a delightful reading day for us. Even though the picture books were favorites we’ve read many times over the past years, it made the season extra fun. Little Kitty Cat (two months old at Christmas) loved being passed around to all the family, and Strawberry and Raisin loved playing with cousins.
So here are some Christmas books I’ve read this season that I’d love to share with you now, only a little belated!Continue Reading
I though that We Just Had a Baby by Stephen Krensky was an appropriate book to kick off the new year (and restart my inactive blog) since I did just have a baby. Actually ate my baby was born a few weeks early, in early October of 2015, and she is now already 3 month old. Time flies so fast!
We Just Had a Baby is a fun book about a young boy who welcomes a young baby girl into his family. The illustrations are pencil and gave a delightful cartoonish look to the young boy and his newborn sister.
My daughter Strawberry, who is almost 4, enjoyed reading the book with me because she could relate so much to the feelings the unnamed boy has in the book. The boy expresses his surprise that the baby is so small. He expresses his feelings of delight that his smiles cause her to smile; he also notices that when he frowns it makes his baby sister look scared, so he wants to smile more! Like the boy, Strawberry thought it took a long time for the baby to come. Like the boy, she thought the baby was a lot smaller than she expected. Like the boy, she has enjoyed seeing her baby sister grow.
We Just Had a Baby is a solid edition to the “new sibling” shelf!
Note: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.