summer school list 2016

Book Review: Mad Scientist Academy: The Dinosaur Disaster By Matthew McElligott

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Continuing with my reviews of some of our favorite books off of my daughter’s school summer reading list, count me surprised that this is a solid winner in our home. Dinosaurs, clever monsters, graphic novel format, disasters, and more dinosaurs… this book has won my kids’ hearts. Check out Mad Scientist Academy: The Dinosaur Disaster by Matthew McElligott, 2015. Read the full post…

Book Review: Strictly No Elephants By Mantchev & Yoo

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Our library checkout pile is out of control. This isn’t entirely unusual for me, but this time around most of it can be blamed on the school reading list for the summer. We have pretty much finished it up, but we are hesitant to send the books back until necessary as we love a lot of them. If I had the money and the shelf space, oh it would be trouble. Thank goodness for libraries!

Today’s book was a huge hit for all of us on the first read-through. A story about being left out, being different, and ultimately – a story about being kind. It is a theme that is on constant repeat from my mouth as a mother and I adore books that illustrate the point so perfectly. Check out this beautiful and moving book, Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo, 2015. Read the full post…

Book Review: Bloom By Cronin & Small

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I am drowning in awesome books over here. As if I cannot manage to find enough amazing books on my own, we had a school reading list for the summer of even more excellent finds from the school librarian. We are loving it! And my hopeful review pile is toppling. I hope to highlight as many as possible and – though I am terrible at keeping posts short – I’m going to try to edit my writing in order to highlight many more.

First up, this new book from a favorite illustrator of mine, David Small. My girls were enamoured with this book and I loved every part of it, especially the powerful message about girls and to everyone. But I’m getting ahead of myself in the excitement. Let’s take a look at Bloom by Doreen Cronin and David Small, 2016. Read the full post…