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Five Family Favorites with Author Maria T. Lennon

Five Family Favorites with Author Maria T. Lennon

Maria T. Lennon is a graduate of the London School of Economics, a novelist, a screenwriter, and the author of Confessions of a So-called Middle Child, the first book featuring the irrepressible Charlie C. Cooper.

Children’s Book Trends | August 2014

Children’s Book Trends | August 2014

This month’s little peek at the current children’s book trends on The Children’s Book Review is all about the great new books available and the best selling kids books, as well as some wonderful literacy tips and resources.

Best Selling Kids Series | August 2014

Best Selling Kids Series | August 2014

This month we have a blast from the past on top of The Children’s Book Review’s best selling kids series list. Who remembers the Mr. Men and Little Miss books?

Best Selling Young Adult Books | August 2014

Best Selling Young Adult Books | August 2014

The latest book from non-fiction queen Candace Fleming is The Children’s Book Review’s number one best selling young adult book.

Giveaways

Win an iPod Touch and The Darracia Saga, by Michael Phillip Cash | Giveaway

Win an iPod Touch and The Darracia Saga, by Michael Phillip Cash | Giveaway

Enter to win audiobook downloads of The Darracia Saga, by Michael Phillip Cash, and an iPod touch Space Gray!

Watch Out, Hollywood!: More Confessions of a So-called Middle Child | Book Giveaway

Watch Out, Hollywood!: More Confessions of a So-called Middle Child | Book Giveaway

Enter to win copies of both CONFESSIONS OF A SO-CALLED MIDDLE CHILD and WATCH OUT, HOLLYWOOD! MORE CONFESSIONS OF A SO-CALLED MIDDLE CHILD, by Maria T. Lennon.

Giveaway begins August 20, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends September 19, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Evil Fairies Love Hair, by Mary G. Thompson | Book Giveaway

Evil Fairies Love Hair, by Mary G. Thompson | Book Giveaway

Mary G. Thompson was born and raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, Oregon. She was a practicing attorney for more than seven years, before she moved to New York City to write full time. This is her third novel.

You Are Not Small, by Anna Kang | Book Giveaway

You Are Not Small, by Anna Kang | Book Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of You Are Not Small, story by Anna Kang and illustrations by Christopher Weyant.

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

Ages 0-3

Illustration Inspiration: Christopher Weyant

Illustration Inspiration: Christopher Weyant

Christopher Weyant’s work has been published worldwide in books, newspapers, magazines, and online. His cartoons are in permanent collection at The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. YOU ARE (NOT) SMALL is his first children’s book.

Best Selling Picture Books | August 2014

Best Selling Picture Books | August 2014

Every single book on this list is purely entertaining, each in their own special way. Like all good picture books, the illustrations are winning. As per usual, we’ve shared our hand selected list of the most popular picture books from the nationwide best selling picture books, as listed by The New York Times.

Lately Lily Travel-Centered Books from Micah Player

Lately Lily Travel-Centered Books from Micah Player

The Lately Lily books and activity sets, bought together or separately, are beautifully designed items that not only tell an interesting story about travel and adventure, but also encourage children to be storytellers and chroniclers themselves.

Top 5 Wordless Books: Five Family Favorites with Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Top 5 Wordless Books: Five Family Favorites with Laura Marx Fitzgerald

I’ve found that the best of these books spoke to my kids when they were pre-readers, but still continue to draw them back again and again, as they uncover more in the multilayered stories.

So without further ado, here are the Fitzgerald family’s Top 5 Wordless Books.

Ages 4-8

Five Family Favorites with Author Maria T. Lennon

Five Family Favorites with Author Maria T. Lennon

Maria T. Lennon is a graduate of the London School of Economics, a novelist, a screenwriter, and the author of Confessions of a So-called Middle Child, the first book featuring the irrepressible Charlie C. Cooper.

The Bambino and Me, by Zachary Hyman | Book Review

The Bambino and Me, by Zachary Hyman | Book Review

The inspiration, passion, and illustrations make The Bambino and Me a wonderful, well rounded, addition to any reader’s roster.

Best Selling Kids Series | August 2014

Best Selling Kids Series | August 2014

This month we have a blast from the past on top of The Children’s Book Review’s best selling kids series list. Who remembers the Mr. Men and Little Miss books?

My Writing and Reading Life: Anna Kang

My Writing and Reading Life: Anna Kang

Children notice and point out differences all the time, and it’s natural. But hopefully as we mature, we learn that all individuals are unique and that everyone is “different.”

Ages 9-12

Five Family Favorites with Author Maria T. Lennon

Five Family Favorites with Author Maria T. Lennon

Maria T. Lennon is a graduate of the London School of Economics, a novelist, a screenwriter, and the author of Confessions of a So-called Middle Child, the first book featuring the irrepressible Charlie C. Cooper.

My Writing and Reading Life: Mary G. Thompson

My Writing and Reading Life: Mary G. Thompson

Evil Fairies Love Hair is Mary G. Thompson’s third novel. She was a practicing attorney for more than seven years, before she moved to New York to write.

Reading Aloud: It’s Not Just For Kids

Reading Aloud: It’s Not Just For Kids

You don’t have to be a kid in elementary school to listen to a book read aloud. You don’t have to be the parent of a preschooler to read aloud.

Best Selling Kids Series | August 2014

Best Selling Kids Series | August 2014

This month we have a blast from the past on top of The Children’s Book Review’s best selling kids series list. Who remembers the Mr. Men and Little Miss books?

Teens

Risen: The Battle for Darracia, by Michael Phillip Cash | Dedicated Review

Risen: The Battle for Darracia, by Michael Phillip Cash | Dedicated Review

Risen is the third book in Michael Phillip Cash’s dramatic sci-fi trilogy, the Darracia Saga.

Brendan Reichs: Confessions of a Dynamic YA Author

Brendan Reichs: Confessions of a Dynamic YA Author

Brendan Reichs, co-writer of the YA Fiction Virals series, shares with us some insights, favorites, and confessions of his dynamic author life.

Virals, by Kathy and Brendan Reichs | Series Review

Virals, by Kathy and Brendan Reichs | Series Review

In Virals, acclaimed mother and son writing duo Kathy and Brendan Reichs have created a captivating and enthralling series by incorporating science fiction and crime with a contemporary perspective, via 4 teens who are navigating an unusually adventurous adolescence.

Everything Leads to You, by Nina LaCour | Book Review

Everything Leads to You, by Nina LaCour | Book Review

Enchanting, honest, and as delicate as an ornate antique vase, Everything Leads to You is a sensitive and modern rendition of a classic love story.

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After Isaac, by Avra Wing | Book Review

After Isaac, by Avra Wing | Book Review

| August 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

This deeply felt, emotional book is a beautiful glimpse into painful family dynamics, and how a sixteen-year-old boy can come to terms with the complexities of love and loss. An excellent read for teens and adults alike.

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Never Ending, by Martyn Bedford | Book Review

Never Ending, by Martyn Bedford | Book Review

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fifteen-year-old Shiv doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to forgive herself for what she’s done. And she’s not sure she wants to, either. Her young brother and best friend, Declan, is dead, and she’s to blame.

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Jimmy Vee’s New Book Focuses on Self-Acceptance & Differences

Jimmy Vee’s New Book Focuses on Self-Acceptance & Differences

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jimmy Vee has dedicated his life to helping people discover what makes them unique and showing them how to capitalize on it.

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Best Selling Middle Grade Books | August 2014

Best Selling Middle Grade Books | August 2014

| August 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

This month, The Children’s Book Review’s best selling middle grade book is an awesome backlist title that all info-happy kids should have in their home and school libraries.

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Goddess Girls & Heroes in Training | Book Giveaway

Goddess Girls & Heroes in Training | Book Giveaway

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Enter to win an autographed copy of Goddess Girls #14: Iris the Colorful and Heroes in Training #7: Ares and the Spear of Fear, written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams.

Giveaway begins July 31, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends August 30, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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Love Letters to the Dead, by Ava Dellaira | Book Review

Love Letters to the Dead, by Ava Dellaira | Book Review

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Reading Ana Dellaira’s Love Letters to the Dead will bring about a serious book hangover: her novel will linger with you for days. Dellaira tackles serious and all-too-real issues and anxieties with grace, humility and heart-breaking accuracy.

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My Writing and Reading Life: Chris Grabenstein

My Writing and Reading Life: Chris Grabenstein

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chris Grabenstein is an award-winning author of books for children and adults, a playwright, screenwriter, and former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. Winner of two Anthony and three Agatha Awards, he is also the co-author with James Patterson of The New York Times bestseller I FUNNY.

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The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern | Book Review

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern | Book Review

| July 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

Readers will instantly fall in love with Maggie. Her narrative voice is smart, funny and clever, which makes her a highly entertaining, endearing, complex, triple threat.

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The Truth About Alice, by Jennifer Mathieu | Book Review

The Truth About Alice, by Jennifer Mathieu | Book Review

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

An entirely authentic portrayal of the damage and scandal that a little lie can do when it goes from mouth to mouth, The Truth About Alice is a can’t-stop-turning-the-pages read that will have you wanting to know just what really went down that summer.

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Alliance, by Mark Frost | Book Review

Alliance, by Mark Frost | Book Review

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

In Mark Frost’s second book of the Paladin Prophecy series, Alliance, we pick up right where we left off with Will and his friends. The Paladins are still after him, and the group must outwit them to find the secret of the school, and Will’s own family history.

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