We Wear Masks [Marla Lesage]

We're both really saying, "I care about you." Marla Lesage's We Wear Masks is probably one of the most important books you could read to your children right now. Of course, this is the kind of book that probably won't be relevant far in future. But right now, with the current way the world is,…

The Cup and the Prince [Day Leitao]

Zora went outside after Layla fell asleep. There were people talking, discussing. Books like The Cup and the Prince by Day Leitao kind of piss me off. I'm sure you've read books like this one before. They have all the makings of a fantastic story. The overall premise is great, the ideas are intriguing, there's…

What’s that Word Vocabulary Quizzes [Douglas Grey]

Puzzle #2. Patients who may carry a contagious disease are placed in strict isolation. (noun) On the one hand, I think this book is brilliant. I'm always eager to read anything that can expand my vocabulary; I was an avid dictionary reader as a child, if you can believe it. But I have to admit…

The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars [Shivaun Plozza]

Their hate isn't my responsibility. There's something thoroughly poetic about the premise behind Shivaun Plozza's The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars. This is probably the most I've felt whisked away into a fairytale while reading a book in a long time. And it was amazing. I kind of entered this book not really knowing…

Step Into The Nutcracker [Words & Pictures]

All around them, people danced and sang, celebrating how Marie had rescued the Nutcracker Prince. I'm going to be incredibly blunt here: as a reading educator, this book really annoyed me. In fact, it actually made me a little mad. Step Into The Nutcracker by Words & Pictures is the kind of "introduction to reading"…

Spring 2021 Early Readers Sampler [Margo Gates & Katie Peters]

A two book sampler. One of the things that always gets me about Early Readers books is that a great many of them expect kids to have a fair grasp of multi-syllable and sight words. This isn't exactly wrong, but it implies a level of reading skill that not all young readers have. And perhaps…

Premediated Myrtle [Elizabeth C. Bunce]

-- H. M. Hardcastle, Principles of Detection: A Manual for the Amateur and Professional Investigator, 1893 Oof, Premediated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce had all the makings of an exciting and fun girl mystery story...but it seriously suffered from the 'not like other girls' syndrome. And honestly, I'm kind of torn on how I feel…