Children's Book Review: *Face to Face with Orangutans* by Tim Laman and Cheryl Knott

Face to Face with Orangutans by Tim Laman and Cheryl Knott
Reading level: Ages 7-11 (around grades 2-6)
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books (May 12, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1426304644

Back-of-the-book blurb: That look in her eye is so human. She cradles her baby in her arms with such pride and tenderness. She interacts with family and peers [...]

Children's Book Review: *S is for Story* by Esther Hershenhorn

S is for Story: A Writer’s Alphabet written by Esther Hershenhorn; illustrated by Zachary Pullen
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (September 9, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1585364398

Back-of-the-book blurb: What is a first draft? What is a writer’s notebook? Author Esther Hershenhorn uses the alphabet to help explain, explore and examines the tools, techniques and strategies [...]

Children's Book Review: *Twosomes* by Marilyn Singer

Twosomes:  Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom written by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Lee Wildish
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (December 28, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0375867101

Back-of-the-book blurb: Do animals celebrate Valentine’s Day? Nobody knows for sure. But this funny (and punny) little book imagines how some of them declare their love, [...]

Children's Book Review: *I'm Not* by Pam Smallcomb

I’m Not. written by Pam Smallcomb; illustrated by Robert Weinstock
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (December 28, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0375861154

Back-of-the-book blurb: A book for children who feel like their outgoing friend is oh-so-talented . . . and they’re not. Our shy narrator lists all the things that her best friend, Evelyn, is good [...]

Children's Book Review: *Pretty Penny Sets up Shop* by Devon Kinch

Pretty Penny Sets up Shop by Devon Kinch
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (December 28, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0375867354

Back-of-the-book blurb: Pretty Penny has lots of big ideas. For instance, she wants to throw a birthday party for her grandmother, Bunny, but there is only one problem—she doesn’t have any money! What’s [...]

Children's Book Review: *Of Thee I Sing* by Barack Obama

Of Thee I Sing:  A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama; illustrated by Loren Long
Reading level: Ages 4-8 (see my notes; appropriate for all ages!)
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (November 16, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0375835278

Back-of-the-book blurb:  In this letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans [...]

Our new BFFs are *Elephant and Piggie* books by Mo Willems

What are the odds that I’d get through fourteen years of raising kids before discovering the awesomeness that is between the covers of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books?  And even then, I didn’t discover them so much as I followed the lead of my six-year-old, who had brought one home from the school library.

Thursday [...]

Children's Book Review: *Sophie Simon Solves Them All* by Lisa Graff

Sophie Simon Solves Them All by Lisa Graff
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 28, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0374371258

Back-of-the-book blurb:  For a third-grader, Sophie Simon is one smart cookie. She enjoys teaching herself advanced calculus and has performed successful heart surgery on an earthworm. She’s also very clever when it comes to dealing with [...]

Children's Book Review: *E is for Eiffel Tower* by Helen L. Wilbur

E is for Eiffel Tower: A France Alphabet written by Helen L. Wilbur and illustrated by Yan Nascimbene
Reading level: Ages 4-8 (and beyond!)
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (September 9, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1585365050

Back-of-the-book blurb:  From its achievements in architecture (Chartres Cathedral), science (Louis Pasteur), and literature (Marcel Proust), the country of France has had a profound impact [...]

Children's Book Review: *Sweet Dreams Lullaby* by Betsy Snyder

Sweet Dreams Lullaby by Betsy Snyder
Reading level: Ages 4-8 (read-aloud as early as they’ll sit for you!)
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (January 26, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0375858529

Back-of-the-book blurb:  This peaceful and imaginative picture book invites a bunny—tucked snugly in bed—to dream of comforting scenes from nature’s bedtime. Each spread reveals a delightful dreamscape [...]