Category Archives: Kid-lit

Guest Review: Surfing with Turtles: Bindi Wildlife Adventures by Bindi Irwin

Reading level: Ages 7 and up Paperback: 112 pages Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (March 5, 2013) ISBN-10: 1402280947 Source: Publisher Bindi Irwin is the thirteen-year-old daughter of wildlife conservationists Steve and Terri Irwin. Although her father passed away a few years ago while working with wildlife, his life-long passion, Bindi and her brother continue his legacy. […]

Tales of a (Formerly) Reluctant Reader: Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys: The Rat Brain Fiasco by Julie Gardner Berry

  Tales of a (Formerly) Reluctant Reader is a feature in which my eleven-year-old son, John, reviews books geared toward reluctant readers.  Reading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback: 208 pages Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (August 12, 2010) ISBN-10: 0448453592 Source: Publisher Cody Mack is used to getting into trouble.  The principal’s office is his second home. […]

Review: Where Teddy Bears Come From by Mark Burgess

Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (August 1, 2009) ISBN-10: 1561454877 Source: Publisher There was once a little wolf who couldn’t fall asleep. Mother Wolf tried everything: a glass of milk, snuggling, even reading little wolf his favorite teddy bear story three times in a row.  Nothing worked.  The little wolf […]

Halloween Picture Book Roundup!

A few years ago, I started a Halloween tradition to share with my boys: reading at least one new Halloween picture book a night for the entire month of October. It’s been quite the feat, one we started researching back in early September.  Rather than creating several posts listing each individual book, we decided to […]

Review: How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 40 pages Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; 1 edition (July 27, 2010) ISBN-10: 0375858997 Source: Library Rocket is an adorable little puppy who loves to do little puppy things, like chase leaves and chew sticks.  At the end of a day, he would plop down in his favorite spot under his […]

Review: A Place for Frogs by Melissa Stewart

Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (April 1, 2010) ISBN-10: 1561455210 Source: Publisher It never fails to astound me how much nature is impacted by the action of humans. For example, the insecticides sprayed on crops not only kill the insects they are engineered to destroy, they also kill frogs as […]

Tales of a (Formerly) Reluctant Reader: The Tighty Whitey Spider by Kenn Nesbitt

Reading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback: 128 pages Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; Pap/Com edition (April 1, 2010) ISBN-10: 1402238339 Source: Publisher Summary: a collection of over dozens of humorous and outrageous poems about animals! The portion of this review listed in italics was written by my oldest son, John, as part of his “Tales of a Formerly […]

Review: Bye-Bye Baby! by Richard Morris

Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 40 pages Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0802797725 Felix is not happy, not happy at all.  His Mom and Dad are bringing home a baby sister.  Before he even meets her, he has decided he doesn’t like her.  Afterall, he already has his […]