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2 Spring Must Read Junior Novels with Wonderful Girl Protagonists

2 Spring Must Read Junior Novels with Wonderful Girl Protagonists

If your young independent reader is looking for a great read with a wonderful girl protagonist, or maybe she’s looking for a new series to latch onto, you can’t go wrong with either of these two books or their prequels.

Bunny Books: A Round-Up of Rabbit Books

Bunny Books: A Round-Up of Rabbit Books

Move over doggy and kitty books (unless you’re a book about a cat that wants to be a bunny), adorable bunny books are in abundance and multiplying all of the time. Whether you’re looking for an Easter basket filler, a simply sweet tale or something classic like The Velveteen Rabbit, we’ve got you covered—and twice on the “Velveteen” front.

Best Selling Kids Series | April 2014

Best Selling Kids Series | April 2014

The New York Times bestselling “Pete the Cat” picture book series tops The Children’s Book Review’s best selling kids series list. And the list of hand-selected series from the nationwide best selling Children’s Series list, as noted by The New York Times, features the same popular dystopian thriller series as last month from the likes of Veronica Roth and Suzanne Collins, the adventurous Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, and the relatable Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney.

Best Selling Young Adult Books | April 2014

Best Selling Young Adult Books | April 2014

With the March movie release of the movie version of Divergent, it’s no wonder that our best selling young adult book list features the popular book for teens, Divergent, by Veronica Roth. Our hand selected titles from the nationwide best selling young adult books, as listed by The New York Times, remain the same; featuring titles by super-talents John Green, Ransom Riggs, Stephen Chbosky, Markus Zusak and Rainbow Rowell.

Giveaways

Mighty Dads, by Joan Holub | Book Giveaway

Mighty Dads, by Joan Holub | Book Giveaway

Enter to win an autographed copy of Mighty Dads, story by award-winning author Joan Holub and illustrations by James Dean, creator of the bestselling “Pete the Cat” books.

Giveaway begins April 15, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends May 14, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Wonders of Life: Exploring the Most Extraordinary Phenomenon in the Universe | Book Giveaway

Wonders of Life: Exploring the Most Extraordinary Phenomenon in the Universe | Book Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Wonders of Life: Exploring the Most Extraordinary Phenomenon in the Universe, by Prof. Brian Cox. Giveaway begins April 11, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends May 10, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Under the Egg, by Laura Marx Fitzgerald | Book Giveaway

Under the Egg, by Laura Marx Fitzgerald | Book Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Under the Egg, by Laura Marx Fitzgerald.

Giveaway begins April 9, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends May 8, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Itch Rocks: The Further Adventures of an Element Hunter, by Simon Mayo | Book Giveaway

Itch Rocks: The Further Adventures of an Element Hunter, by Simon Mayo | Book Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Itch Rocks: The Further Adventures of an Element Hunter, by Simon Mayo.

Giveaway begins April 7, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends May 6, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Ages 0-3

Bunny Books: A Round-Up of Rabbit Books

Bunny Books: A Round-Up of Rabbit Books

Move over doggy and kitty books (unless you’re a book about a cat that wants to be a bunny), adorable bunny books are in abundance and multiplying all of the time. Whether you’re looking for an Easter basket filler, a simply sweet tale or something classic like The Velveteen Rabbit, we’ve got you covered—and twice on the “Velveteen” front.

My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book | Book Review

My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book | Book Review

This unique and charming alphabet book uses rhymes and fact snippets to introduce Chinese words to a pre-schooler. The words are written in Pinyin, a sound system using Roman letters to write Chinese sounds. Words introduced are significant in Chinese culture, but relatable in any culture.

Best Selling Picture Books | April 2014

Best Selling Picture Books | April 2014

Spring is here, the season of regeneration that brings plenty of flowers with nectar which worker bees gather and convert into honey. The Children’s Book Review’s best selling picture book for this month is full of information on the wonderful and very much under-appreciated honeybees, The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci.

Best New Kids Stories | April 2014

Best New Kids Stories | April 2014

Hot New Releases & Popular Kids Stories

Check out some of the best new kids books that release this month. April will be exciting for many children’s book lovers with the release of another Mo Willems “Pigeon” book, The Pigeon Needs a Bath, and the latest from Lemont Snicket, File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents. There’s also new books for “Big Nate” and “The Never Girls” fans—and a beautiful new novel by debut author Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead.

Ages 4-8

2 Spring Must Read Junior Novels with Wonderful Girl Protagonists

2 Spring Must Read Junior Novels with Wonderful Girl Protagonists

If your young independent reader is looking for a great read with a wonderful girl protagonist, or maybe she’s looking for a new series to latch onto, you can’t go wrong with either of these two books or their prequels.

Bunny Books: A Round-Up of Rabbit Books

Bunny Books: A Round-Up of Rabbit Books

Move over doggy and kitty books (unless you’re a book about a cat that wants to be a bunny), adorable bunny books are in abundance and multiplying all of the time. Whether you’re looking for an Easter basket filler, a simply sweet tale or something classic like The Velveteen Rabbit, we’ve got you covered—and twice on the “Velveteen” front.

My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book | Book Review

My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book | Book Review

This unique and charming alphabet book uses rhymes and fact snippets to introduce Chinese words to a pre-schooler. The words are written in Pinyin, a sound system using Roman letters to write Chinese sounds. Words introduced are significant in Chinese culture, but relatable in any culture.

A Chat with Karen Benke : Author, Poet, & Creative Writing Instructor

A Chat with Karen Benke : Author, Poet, & Creative Writing Instructor

It’s National Poetry Month this April and what better way to celebrate than a chat with author, poet, and creative writing instructor Karen Benke.

Ages 9-12

2 Spring Must Read Junior Novels with Wonderful Girl Protagonists

2 Spring Must Read Junior Novels with Wonderful Girl Protagonists

If your young independent reader is looking for a great read with a wonderful girl protagonist, or maybe she’s looking for a new series to latch onto, you can’t go wrong with either of these two books or their prequels.

Chinese Fables: The Dragon Slayer and Other Timeless Tales of Wisdom | Book Review

Chinese Fables: The Dragon Slayer and Other Timeless Tales of Wisdom | Book Review

This collection of pithy tales is multi-layered. The stories linger in the mind the way a good poem resonates. They are ancient Chinese fables Shiho S. Nunes has expanded into longer tales.

A Chat with Karen Benke : Author, Poet, & Creative Writing Instructor

A Chat with Karen Benke : Author, Poet, & Creative Writing Instructor

It’s National Poetry Month this April and what better way to celebrate than a chat with author, poet, and creative writing instructor Karen Benke.

Best Selling Kids Series | April 2014

Best Selling Kids Series | April 2014

The New York Times bestselling “Pete the Cat” picture book series tops The Children’s Book Review’s best selling kids series list. And the list of hand-selected series from the nationwide best selling Children’s Series list, as noted by The New York Times, features the same popular dystopian thriller series as last month from the likes of Veronica Roth and Suzanne Collins, the adventurous Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, and the relatable Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney.

Teens

Best Selling Kids Series | April 2014

Best Selling Kids Series | April 2014

The New York Times bestselling “Pete the Cat” picture book series tops The Children’s Book Review’s best selling kids series list. And the list of hand-selected series from the nationwide best selling Children’s Series list, as noted by The New York Times, features the same popular dystopian thriller series as last month from the likes of Veronica Roth and Suzanne Collins, the adventurous Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, and the relatable Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney.

Best Selling Young Adult Books | April 2014

Best Selling Young Adult Books | April 2014

With the March movie release of the movie version of Divergent, it’s no wonder that our best selling young adult book list features the popular book for teens, Divergent, by Veronica Roth. Our hand selected titles from the nationwide best selling young adult books, as listed by The New York Times, remain the same; featuring titles by super-talents John Green, Ransom Riggs, Stephen Chbosky, Markus Zusak and Rainbow Rowell.

Best New Kids Stories | April 2014

Best New Kids Stories | April 2014

Hot New Releases & Popular Kids Stories

Check out some of the best new kids books that release this month. April will be exciting for many children’s book lovers with the release of another Mo Willems “Pigeon” book, The Pigeon Needs a Bath, and the latest from Lemont Snicket, File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents. There’s also new books for “Big Nate” and “The Never Girls” fans—and a beautiful new novel by debut author Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead.

The Art of Creating Fictional Worlds | Jaleigh Johnson, “The Mark of the Dragonfly”

The Art of Creating Fictional Worlds | Jaleigh Johnson, “The Mark of the Dragonfly”

“I should start by saying that world building, where I get to create a fictional reality from the ground up, is one of my favorite parts of writing. It’s the foundation of a good story. Of course, you want a plot that keeps readers turning the pages—and amazing, memorable characters as well, but those characters also deserve a fully realized world to play around in.”

Other Recent Articles

One Creepy Street: Annica’s Broom, by Lee Jordan | Dedicated Review

One Creepy Street: Annica’s Broom, by Lee Jordan | Dedicated Review

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Annica’s Broom is the first story in the “One Creepy Street” series created by debut children’s book author Lee Jordan. Its message for newly licensed teenage drivers is clear: Don’t text and drive!

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A Chat with Asperkids™ Author Jennifer Cook O’Toole

A Chat with Asperkids™ Author Jennifer Cook O’Toole

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jennifer Cook O’Toole is founder of Asperkids™, a multimedia social education company focused on making life for children and families with Asperger’s profoundly positive and purposeful.

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Even Monsters …, by AJ Smith | Book Giveaway

Even Monsters …, by AJ Smith | Book Giveaway

| April 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Enter to win a copy of Even Monsters …, by A.J. Smith.

Giveaway begins April 6, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends May 5, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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Best Selling Middle Grade Books | April 2014

Best Selling Middle Grade Books | April 2014

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s just so great when The Children’s Book Review’s best selling middle grade book turns out to be a great classic. Such is the case with this months title, The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy, by Padraic Colum—what a great introduction to the always intriguing Greek mythology. The hand selected titles from the nationwide best selling middle grade books, as listed by The New York Times, feature books by super-talents Kate DiCamillo, Katherine Applegate and R.J. Palacio.

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Miss Flimp’s Destiny, by Zoe Ainsworth-Grigg | Book Giveaway

Miss Flimp’s Destiny, by Zoe Ainsworth-Grigg | Book Giveaway

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Enter to win an autographed copy of Miss Flimp’s Destiny, written by Zoe Ainsworth-Grigg and illustrated by Kathy Kerber.

Giveaway begins April 3, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends May 2, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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Ode to Childhood Poetry to Celebrate the Child | Book Giveaway

Ode to Childhood Poetry to Celebrate the Child | Book Giveaway

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Enter to win a copy of Ode to Childhood: Poetry to Celebrate the Child by Samuel Carr.

Giveaway begins April 1, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends April 30, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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