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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.