Author: Amanda Lynch

Amanda Lynch is a writer, editor, and blogger who grew up in Florida knowing she belonged somewhere else. She now lives in the DC Metro Area with her husband and three amazing little boys. She is the Eco-Friendly/Green Living Contributor over at the Prime Parents' Club and strives to live earth friendly in a world of disposable diapers. When not writing about Anabel and Jared or chasing around a curly-haired boy, she cheers for the Gators (in all kinds of weather) and occasionally remembers to sleep. You can also find her on Facebook, or on Twitter as @thebookprincess.

By Amanda Lynch, The Children’s Book Review Published: April 14, 2009 Honk, Honk, Goose! Canada Geese Start a Family by April Pulley Sayre (Author) and Huy Voun Lee (Illustrator) Reading Level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (April 14, 2009) What to Expect: Geese, Animals, Science With charming cut-paper collage illustrations, Honk, Honk, Goose!  Canada Geese Start a Family is an adorable picture book which takes us from the mating of two geese to the birth of their six babies, and chronicles the perils they encounter along the way.  The two geese must remain ever-vigilant, to protect…

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By Amanda Lynch, The Children’s Book Review Published: April 6, 2009 The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail (Book 1) By Michael P. Spradlin Reading Level: Ages 9-12 Hardcover: 272 Pages Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (September 18, 2008) Left as a baby at a monastery, fifteen-year-old Tristan lives a quiet life among the monks without a clue as to his past except for the blue woolen blanket he was left in.  Still, he spends his days in relative tranquility, learning to read and write, and helping with the chores.  His life is disrupted when a group of the Knights Templar arrive…

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By Amanda Lynch, The Children’s Book Review Published: April 6, 2009 What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe? An Activity Book About Reuse By Anna Alter Reading Level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (March 31, 2009) April, as mentioned earlier, is National Poetry Month.  It is also Earth Month, which is why I was excited to find that What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe? contained tips on how to recycle objects around the house, as well as a cute poem featuring a different animal character at the start of each…

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The Redheaded Princess by Ann Rinaldi Reading Level: Young Adult Hardcover: 224 Pages Publisher: HarperCollins (January 29, 2008) What to expect: Historical Fiction The other day, a friend of mine who has a twelve year old daughter asked me if I thought it would be okay to let her daughter read The Other Boleyn Girl. I love that book, it is one of my favorites, but definitely not appropriate for that age group.  Because of the girl’s interest in Tudor England, I knew immediately which book to recommend:  The Redheaded Princess. Elizabeth I is a fascinating character, and Ms. Rinaldi’s…

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Clancy the Courageous Cow By Lachie Hume Reading Level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 32 Pages Publisher: HarperCollins (March 13, 2007) Australian author Lachie Hume’s first picture book about a cow who dares to be different is charming and funny, but contains a serious message.  Clancy the cow “was born on a stormy day, a day of great disappointment to his parents.”  Clancy is a Belted Galloway–a black cow with a white stripe–but he has been born without a belt!  As a result, he is shunned from the rest of the herd, and goes to great lengths to try and fit in. …

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After I put down Cinder Rabbit, an adorable Early Reader book, and picked up Lynn E. Hazen’s first young adult novel, Shifty, I had a bit of a jolt.  I’m always impressed with authors who have a broad range, and these two works of Ms. Hazen’s left me wanting more. Cinder Rabbit by Lyn E. Hazen (author), Elyse Pastel (Illustrator) Reading Level:  Ages 4-8 Hardcover:  64 Pages Publisher:  Henry Holt and Co Cinder Rabbit, the story of a young bunny named Zoe who has lost her ability to hop, is incredibly sweet and charming.  At Grand Rabbits school, Zoe is…

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