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2 Must Read Spring Junior Novels with Wonderful Girl Protagonists

2 Must Read Spring 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

Burn Out, by Kristi Helvig | YA Book Giveaway

Burn Out, by Kristi Helvig | YA Book Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Burn Out, by Kristi Helvig.

Giveaway begins April 19, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends May 18, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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.

Ages 0-3

Potty Training Books for a Diaper-Free Existence

Potty Training Books for a Diaper-Free Existence

And then there’s potty training. It’s a world unto itself, with special videos, portable potties, stickers, colorful underwear, and, of course, books. But the pay-off is huge: a diaper-free existence. We’re big readers in our household, so why not read about it, too?

Earth Day Reading | Board Books and Picture Books

Earth Day Reading | Board Books and Picture Books

I just love that Earth Day is in spring! It makes perfect sense to capture everyone’s attention when they are ready to get back into the great outdoors after winter. Below you’ll discover just a couple of the books that have caught my attention because of their appreciation of gardens, plants, and even weeds.

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.

Ages 4-8

Earth Day Reading | Board Books and Picture Books

Earth Day Reading | Board Books and Picture Books

I just love that Earth Day is in spring! It makes perfect sense to capture everyone’s attention when they are ready to get back into the great outdoors after winter. Below you’ll discover just a couple of the books that have caught my attention because of their appreciation of gardens, plants, and even weeds.

5 Baseball Themed Books for Young Fans and Readers

5 Baseball Themed Books for Young Fans and Readers

Among scores of spring themed picture books, families with young fans can celebrate the season with this diverse selection of 5 baseball inspired books.

2 Must Read Spring Junior Novels with Wonderful Girl Protagonists

2 Must Read Spring 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.

Ages 9-12

My Writing and Reading Life: Soman Chainani

My Writing and Reading Life: Soman Chainani

Soman Chainani’s debut novel, The School for Good and Evil, debuted on The New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into languages across six continents, and will soon be a major motion film from Universal Pictures.

On the Shelf with Librarian Jessica Lee

On the Shelf with Librarian Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee is a teacher librarian at Willard Middle School in Berkeley, California. She has also been an English teacher, a public librarian, and a waitress, but her favorite terrible-teen job was selling snacks at Six Flags Magic Mountain. She is the mom of two boys who are also students at her school, fully integrating the work-life experience.

The Overending, by Rick Johnson | Dedicated Review

The Overending, by Rick Johnson | Dedicated Review

In the Overending (the second book in the Wood Cow chronicles), author Rick Johnson continues his story of an intricately detailed world where danger and mystery lurk.

2 Must Read Spring Junior Novels with Wonderful Girl Protagonists

2 Must Read Spring 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.

Teens

Meet a New YA Star, Tora From “Burn Out”

Meet a New YA Star, Tora From “Burn Out”

Seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds is one of the last survivors on Earth when the sun starts to burn out way ahead of schedule. She is tough and sarcastic which has helped her to survive, yet she also has a vulnerable side that comes out when she comes across fellow survivors.

On the Shelf with Librarian Jessica Lee

On the Shelf with Librarian Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee is a teacher librarian at Willard Middle School in Berkeley, California. She has also been an English teacher, a public librarian, and a waitress, but her favorite terrible-teen job was selling snacks at Six Flags Magic Mountain. She is the mom of two boys who are also students at her school, fully integrating the work-life experience.

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.

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Someone’s Trapped—A Kids’ Soccer Whodunit—Is the 2nd Viking Club Mystery

Someone’s Trapped—A Kids’ Soccer Whodunit—Is the 2nd Viking Club Mystery

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Children will benefit from the critical thinking prompted by a soccer-themed whodunit for kids 8-12 in this second book in the Viking Club Mystery series.

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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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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

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

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.

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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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Children’s Book Trends | April 2014

Children’s Book Trends | April 2014

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

This month’s top ten hot spots on The Children’s Book Review feature some great book giveaways; including our 6th anniversary Kindle giveaway. Amongst the familiar articles to feature in TCBR’s top ten hot spots, the best selling young adult booklists from March and February have been perused by many.

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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

| April 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

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.

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