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Children’s Books – Mini-Reviews

Ira Crumb Feels the Feelings3.5 Stars – 

Ira Crumb Feels the Feelings by Naseem HrabJosh Holinaty (Illustrations)

Published October 15th 2018 by Owlkids Continue reading “Children’s Books – Mini-Reviews”


Children’s Books Mini-Reviews

I have a dozen or more children’s books that I am still trying to get the reviews posted for. I will be doing several of these posts with 5 books in each. Here are the first five. They are not grouped this time around.


Bea’s Bees by Katherine PryorEllie Peterson (Illustrations)

Expected publication: March 28th 2019 by Schiffer Publishing

4.5 Stars Continue reading “Children’s Books Mini-Reviews”

Mini-Reviews of Children’s Fiction Picture Books

Another group of books I shared with my grandchildren before Christmas. All of these ones were rated 5 Stars.

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Mini-Reviews of Toddler and Pre-School Books

Before Christmas I read a bunch of books to my grandchildren while their parents were preparing for Christmas and when we spent time together. Unfortunately, I never had a chance to review them. I think my recollections of their responses are accurate.

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Mini-Reviews Storytime Series

This series is made up of children’s stories with a message. They deal with various feelings and emotions. The end of each book offers next steps including discussion and comprehension questions, an activity regarding the specific feeling (i.e. I am afraid of …, I could be brave by …) and an art activity. I enjoyed the stories as did my grandchildren. These are the three latest in the series.

Storytime: The Prettiest FlowerStorytime: The Prettiest Flower by Anna Shuttlewood

Published October 16th 2018 by QEB Publishing
5 Stars Continue reading “Mini-Reviews Storytime Series”

Mini-Reviews Children’s Books Dealing with Anxiety

Flower Girl Katie by Fran ManushkinTammie Lyon (Illustrations)

Published January 1st 2019 by Picture Window Books
3.5 Stars Continue reading “Mini-Reviews Children’s Books Dealing with Anxiety”

A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories by Angela McAllister, Alice Lindstrom (Illustrations)

A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories4 Stars

Published September 6th 2018 by Lincoln Children’s Books

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Children’s Picture Books – Mini Reviews


A Hundred Kisses Before Bedtime

by Mack van Gageldonk Continue reading “Children’s Picture Books – Mini Reviews”

SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR KIDS: November 10, 2018 (#4)

This meme was recently started by Rae Longest at Powerful Women Readers. As I am a grandmother, who loves to read to her children, and a retired teacher librarian, this meme really attracted me. If you love children’s books, or have a favourite from your childhood, join us in introducing them to a new generation of readers. Feel free to use my logo above, but link back to my post as well.

My plan is to highlight a book, a series or an author that I think children will love. These will not be new books, they will be books that I have recommended to parents or kids, or books that I have bought for my own children or grandchildren. There are so many wonderful books from the past that today’s children will love. Here goes.

Ralph Mouse (3 Book Series) by Beverly Cleary

232109 Runaway Ralph (Ralph Mouse Book 2) by [Cleary, Beverly] 762101

Get ready to zoom through these fast-paced stories full of exciting adventures by Newbery Award-winning author Beverly Cleary.

With Ralph S. Mouse behind the handlebars of his favorite toy motorcyle, there’s no telling what readers will encounter.

Book 1: When the ever-curious Ralph spots Keith’s red toy motorcycle, he vows to ride it. So when Keith leaves the bike unattended in his room one day, Ralph makes his move. But with all this freedom (and speed!) come a lot of obstacles. Whether dodging a rowdy terrier or keeping his nosy cousins away from his new wheels, Ralph has a lot going on! And with a pal like Keith always looking out for him, there’s nothing this little mouse can’t handle.

Book 2: With a motorcycle to rev and the open road to see, Ralph S. Mouse is itching to run away from his overprotective family! But once he escapes to a summer campground nearby, the horrors of the wild make him doubt his plan. Angry cats, scary watchdogs, and grouchy gophers are only the half of it…

But then he befriends Garf, a sad and friendless boy at the camp. Though he wants desperately to be back home with his relatives, Ralph realizes that he may need to help Garf before he can help himself.

Book 3: With his rowdy cousins constantly wearing out his motorcycle and the Mountain View Inn manager threatening to take care of the mouse infestation once and for all, Ralph decides it’s time to get away for a while. He convinces his human friend Ryan to take him along to school, where Ralph instantly becomes the center of attention. But when Ryan’s class decides to see how smart Ralph is by making him run a maze, the usually confident mouse starts to fret. What if he’s not as clever as he thought?

I will be honest, I only read the second and third books once each to my third grade class, but the first one fell apart the number of times I read it as a child, then read it to my son and the students in my class. If you ever get a chance to buy these books (check used book sales, or flea markets) snap them up, your children/grandchildren/nieces & nephews will enjoy them.

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