First KidLit Book Round Up of 2018

Friends, I honestly don't remember December. I know I had a lot of meetings, there were some basketball tournaments and concerts, I was sick for half of it and the kids (and dogs) were sick the other half, there was a holiday in there, etc. Suffice to say that I didn't do a December Picture … Continue reading First KidLit Book Round Up of 2018

Latest TBR No. 8

WHAT A WEEK!!! I read a bunch of just so-so titles last weekend, but then on Monday and Tuesday I had the absolute privilege of reading a very early manuscript of THIS JULY 2018 book. I totally loved it and can't wait for you all to get to read it next summer too! Then I … Continue reading Latest TBR No. 8

Most Memorable Books of 2017

You have absolutely NO idea how long I have agonized over this list. And how many times it has changed. And here's what I finally decided ~ it does not need to be a "BEST OF 2017" list, because what even is that? Who decides what's best? And in what way? I decided to name … Continue reading Most Memorable Books of 2017

October Picture Book Roundup

Another month of picture book reviews! This is my monthly round up of the picture books I have received for review from publishers/authors/publicists ~ for more of my picture books posts and reviews, stay tuned to my dedicated Instagram account! And HERE is the blog post with all of the picture books I used in my library … Continue reading October Picture Book Roundup

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum ~ October 24, 2017) My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is one of those books that I can hardly review, but just have to say......BUY IT. READ IT. SHARE IT. Book Description (from Goodreads) A cannon. A strap. A piece. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A … Continue reading Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Prince of Pot by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Prince of Pot by Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Groundwood Books ~ September 5, 2017) My rating: 5 of 5 stars Completely and utterly original, this YA captivated me from page one. Thanks to House of Anansi Press for the review copy of this title. Book Description Isaac loves art class, drives an old pickup, argues with … Continue reading Prince of Pot by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee (Crown Publishing ~ October 17, 2017) My rating: 5 of 5 stars Stunningly addictive, this nonfiction account of wolves, Yellowstone and humanity reads like a fictional account of dueling mob families in a turf war. A must-read for nature lovers … Continue reading American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee

The Floating World by C Morgan Babst

The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst (Algonquin Books ~ October 17, 2017) My rating: 4 of 5 stars As dark and disturbing as Katrina herself, THE FLOATING WORLD takes readers into the most damaged neighborhoods of New Orleans, both during and after the epic storm, in this story of family, race and a city … Continue reading The Floating World by C Morgan Babst

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin by Nic Stone (Crown BFYR ~ October 17, 2017) My rating: 5 of 5 stars Raw, powerful and REAL, DEAR MARTIN is a required purchase for HS libraries and a required read for all American teens and adults. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this title … Continue reading Dear Martin by Nic Stone

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez (Knopf BFYR ~ October 17, 2017) My rating: 5 of 5 stars More than deserving of its National Book Award Finalist status, this novel is a stunning story of heritage, family and growing up. Thanks to the publisher for the review copy of this … Continue reading I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez