Abby reviews “Skycircus”

Today, Abby absconds to the circus with her review of British children’s book author Peter Bunzl’s Skycircus ($12.99, Jolly Fish Press). Bonus: Bunzl posted free resources  for teachers, librarians, and homeschoolers to use with his books.

Abby Launches Video Book Reviews for Kids

Ok, we’re all home, but we can keep boredom at bay with great books. Abby, our roving 5th grade reporter, has stepped up with video book reviews for kids of all ages. Accompanying each review will be pertinent data (publisher, price, etc.) and links to where books are available in both digital and print format.Continue reading “Abby Launches Video Book Reviews for Kids”

Green Day

Mother Earth needs our help. Easier said than done, right? The challenges are enormous and it’s tempting to simply buy a reusable grocery bag and call it a day. But every little bit–including that reusable grocery bag–helps, and plenty of options exist to make the world a cleaner place. But where to start? According toContinue reading “Green Day”

Win the Holiday Gift-Giving Season with These Books from Folio Society

Know someone who loves great art and classic works of literature? Check out the Folio Society’s holiday offerings. Two in particular that we adore are the new editions of Alice in Wonderland and The Velveteen Rabbit. Be sure to check out Barbara’s interview with Alice illustrator Charles van Sandwyk over on the Fine Books Blog to getContinue reading “Win the Holiday Gift-Giving Season with These Books from Folio Society”

Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos Debut TV Series on PBS That’s Anything But “Ordinary”

Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos talk to Abby about their new television series on PBS and their goal of making history exciting.

Jennifer Morla’s Career-Spanning, Kickstarter-funded Autobiography Makes a Splash

Jennifer Morla is a legend in her own time: for forty years, her shadow has loomed large over the world of graphic design, and now she is discussing her work in a wide-ranging monograph recently published by the San Francisco-based nonprofit literacy center, Letterform Archive. 

Counting Crows…and Robins, Jays, and Chickadees

Bird Count, by Susan Edwards Richmond, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman, Peachtree Publishers; $17.95, ages 4-8. October 2019. Fall birdwatching is more challenging now that mating season is over–the bright plumage of some birds gives way to more muted tones–but scouting them out is excellent preparation for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. In SusanContinue reading “Counting Crows…and Robins, Jays, and Chickadees”

The Dog Who Lost His Bark

Rehabilitation and redemption are possible, and in the right homes, both animals and humans can forge lifelong bonds of love and friendship, as masterfully told in Artemis Fowl series author Eoin Colfer’s latest, The Dog Who Lost His Bark (Candlewick, $16.99, 144 pp, ages 7-10). Here, we meet a young pup whose lot in life is filled with sadness; soldContinue reading “The Dog Who Lost His Bark”