Kids’ Book Corner/Book Reviews by Kids: Books to be Thankful For

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By Jo Perry Dazzling and clever Independent Publisher Book Award-winner Ankle Soup by Maureen Sullivan with illustrations by Alison Josephs presents a French bulldog’s holiday morning and leaves readers 4 years old and older grateful for … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: BOO-ks for October; Plus New Feature: Kids' Book Reviews

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BY JO PERRY It’s time for books that send shivers up spines: I’m Looking for a Monster by Timothy Young is a lighthearted pull-the-tab, open-the-flap, turn-the-wheel celebration of friendly monsters as young readers accompany a boy on a search … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Dog (and Cat) Days

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BY JO PERRY As thoughts turn toward school, young readers can enjoy three new titles that celebrate books and learning. It’s clear in Dog Loves Books that author and illustrator Louise Yates loves dogs as much as she loves books. The endpapers … [Read more...]

Kids Book Corner: Happy Birthday, President Obama

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BY JO PERRY Born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961, our 44th President just marked his 49th birthday. Kids can help celebrate this special birthday with books that will inspire conversation, laughs, and maybe even a letter for the President or the First … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Meet California’s special penguin, Pierre and a Whale named Grayson

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BY JO PERRY During August, the next best thing to getting wet is reading a story about swimming.  Pierre the Penguin, A True Story by Jean Marzullo and illustrator Laura Regan introduces children to Pierre, an African penguin who lives in San … [Read more...]

Kids Book Corner: The Importance of Summer Reading

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BY JO PERRY Studies show that children’s reading skills erode over the summer months and that the skill-deficit continues in following school year. Researchers report that this loss is especially severe for kids struggling with reading. In fact, … [Read more...]

Kids Book Corner: Books that Welcome Summer

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BY JO PERRY These books will inspire outdoor adventures and projects that kids can share with the special grown-ups in their lives––Dad, Mom, a grandparent or a special grown-up friend: If camping isn’t your thing, don’t worry: You … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Be Kind to Animals Week

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BY JO PERRY May 2-10 is Be Kind to Animals Week, a time to appreciate the animals that enrich our lives and an opportunity to renew our commitment to animals in need. Two new picture books present endearing animal characters and celebrate their … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Earth Day Books

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BY JO PERRY Celebrate spring and Earth Day with three interesting new books: The Falling Raindrop by Neil Johnson & Joel Chin tells the story of the water cycle through the journey of a single drop as it emerges from the turbulence of a storm … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Two Trashy Books and Two for St. Pat’s

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BY JO PERRY Many kids love the garbage truck. Mine used to stand outside and wait on the curb for it on trash day. If yours are fans of refuse and the trash collector’s modus operandi, then these two inventive titles are sure to please: Jonah … [Read more...]