The Way Downtown Review 

Synopsis from Kids Can Press: In this one-of-a-kind book, the complex and fascinating world of urban public transit is explored using five different characters' journeys through the imaginary city of Zoom. From the Zanies, a family of street performers; to Agent Theodore Rybka, a spy on a very secret mission; to Robbie, a seven-year-old boy … Continue reading The Way Downtown Review 

Bugs From Head to Tail Review 

Synopsis from Kids Can Press: In the latest addition to the popular Head to Tail series, author Stacey Roderick focuses on bugs --- a kid favorite! --- and challenges readers to guess which bug each of eight different body parts belongs to. A full spread asks a question about a body part. What bug has … Continue reading Bugs From Head to Tail Review 

Arthur and the Golden Rope Review 

Synopsis from NoBrow Press: Imagine a vault so cavernous that it could contain the world’s greatest treasures, from mummified remains of ancient monarchs to glistening swords brandished by legendary warriors. How did Professor Brownstone come into possession of such a collection? Hear the tale of the very first Brownstone and his quest for the golden … Continue reading Arthur and the Golden Rope Review 

Weekly Reader: Summer Express Review 

Synopsis from Scholastic: Fun and engaging activity pages that reinforce reading, writing, phonics, grammar, math skills, and more, and prepare kindergartners for first grade! From the editors of Weekly Reader. Give children a head start in school! This collection of colorful, fun-filled activity pages is designed to reinforce skills through engaging activities. With more than … Continue reading Weekly Reader: Summer Express Review 

The Secret of Black Rock Review 

Synopsis from NoBrow Press: This surreal modern folk-tale tells the story of an adventurous young girl who must protect a peaceful living creature. Erin is fascinated by the stories of Black Rock: a huge, dark and spiky mass that is said to destroy any boats that come near it! But are the tales really true? … Continue reading The Secret of Black Rock Review 

Seagrass Dreams: A Counting Book Review 

Synopsis from Quarto Knows: Seagrass Dreams is a unique counting book and introduction to marine life that stars animals who make their home in seagrass. While learning to count from 1 to 11, meet a host of marine animals, such as the great barracuda, yellow stingray, bucktooth parrotfish, and chocolate chip sea star. Find out … Continue reading Seagrass Dreams: A Counting Book Review 

Minnie & Max are OK Review 

Synopsis from Jessica Kingsley Publishers’ Website: A Story to Help Children Develop a Positive Body Image Chris Calland and Nicky Hutchinson, illustrated by Emmi Smid In this endearing story for children aged 3-7, Minnie's Grandma teaches her and their dog Max about body image. Showing children how to be proud of their differences through humour, … Continue reading Minnie & Max are OK Review 

Famous American of the Month Flip Chart Review 

Synopsis from Scholastic: Introduce children to a year full of inspiring Americans as you teach key reading skills! This compelling collection includes lively poems and age-perfect bios on the people they need to know: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Squanto, Betsy Ross, Johnny Appleseed, Susan B. Anthony, Cesar Chavez, and … Continue reading Famous American of the Month Flip Chart Review 

A Morning with Grandpa Review 

Synopsis from Lee & Low Books: Mei Mei’s grandpa is practicing tai chi in the garden, and Mei Mei is eager to join in. As Gong Gong tries to teach her the slow, graceful movements, Mei Mei enthusiastically does them with her own flair. Then Mei Mei takes a turn, trying to teach Gong Gong … Continue reading A Morning with Grandpa Review 

Moe & Malaya Visit the Nurse Review 

Synopsis from Independent Publishers Group Follow Moe and Malaya as they make fascinating discoveries at the nurses’ office! Moe wants to play with his best friend and cousin, Malaya, but before they can go exploring, Malaya has to visit the nurse for a checkup. What seems like an ordinary visit turns out to be a … Continue reading Moe & Malaya Visit the Nurse Review 

Weekly Reader: Summer Express Review 

Synopsis from Scholastic: Fun and engaging activity pages that reinforce the alphabet, reading, writing, phonics, math skills, and more, and prepare preschoolers for kindergarten! From the editors of Weekly Reader. Give children a head start in school! This collection of colorful, fun-filled activity pages is designed to reinforce skills through engaging activities. With more than … Continue reading Weekly Reader: Summer Express Review 

Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story Review 

Synopsis from Arbordale Publishing: Jojo is prepping for an exciting night; it’s time for the bat count! Bats have always been a welcome presence during the summers in the family barn. But over the years, the numbers have dwindled as many bats in the area caught white-nose syndrome. Jojo and her family count the bats … Continue reading Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story Review 

Lego: Nexo Knights – Macy and the King’s Tournament Review 

Synopsis from Scholastic: It’s the king’s birthday celebration — the biggest party of theyear! When Jorah Tightwad challenges the NEXO KNIGHTS(TM) team to a competition against his own heroes, the Tighty Knighties, Macy is ready to show her stuff. But how can she do that when she’s ordered to sit beside the king during the … Continue reading Lego: Nexo Knights – Macy and the King’s Tournament Review 

Thunder Underground Review 

Synopsis from Boyds Mills Press: In this collection of poems, noted children’s poet Jane Yolen takes readers on an expedition underground, exploring everything from animal burrows and human creations, like subways, near the surface—to ancient cities and fossils, lower down—to caves, magma, and Earth’s tectonic plates, deeper still below our feet. At the same time, … Continue reading Thunder Underground Review 

Mr. Postmouse Takes a Trip Review 

Synopsis from Kids Can Press: The post office is closed, and that means it's time for Mr. Postmouse and his family to take a vacation. Of course, he'll need to bring along a few parcels --- ?a postmouse's rounds are never done!? --- as he and Mrs. Mouse, Milo, Lulu and Pip set off on … Continue reading Mr. Postmouse Takes a Trip Review 

Okay Kevin Review

Synopsis from Jessica Kingsley Publishers' Website: At school Kevin feels that he is not 'okay.' He finds that all the other kids in his class are faster than him at answering the teacher's questions, and he feels like he will never catch up with them. But, one day, his reading teacher asks him to help … Continue reading Okay Kevin Review

Lego: Knights Academy – The Forbidden Power Review 

Synopsis from Edelweiss: An original, illustrated middle-grade novel series set in the world of LEGO(R) NEXO KNIGHTS(TM) crafted by the hilarious and talented Max Brallier! An all-new series from Max Brallier, the mind behind Eerie Elementary and The Last Kids on Earth. The LEGO(R) NEXO KNIGHTS(TM) original fiction series is set in the world of … Continue reading Lego: Knights Academy – The Forbidden Power Review 

Moonlight Crab Count Review 

Synopsis from Arbordale Publishing: Even kids can get involved in science! Ecologist Dr. Neeti Bathala and Jennifer Keats Curtis collaborate to bring us the story of these adventurous citizen scientists. Leena and her mom volunteer each summer to count the horseshoe crabs that visit their beach. With their dog Bobie at their sides, the duo … Continue reading Moonlight Crab Count Review 

Summer Brain Quest Review 

Summary from Workman Publishing Website: From the creators of America’s #1 educational bestseller Brain Quest comes Summer Brain Quest: Between Grades K & 1—a workbook, a game, and an outdoor adventure! It’s an interactive and personalized quest to keep kids excited about learning all summer long between Kindergarten and 1st grade. Summer Brain Quest: Between Grades … Continue reading Summer Brain Quest Review 

Me, All Alone, at the End of the World Review 

Synopsis from Candlewick Press: A peaceful and contemplative boy lives alone at the End of the World, hunting treasure with old maps and whistling tunes. Until, that is, a self-styled Professional Visionary arrives and puts up a sign: CONSTANTINE SHIMMER'S GALVANO-MAGICAL END OF THE WORLD TOURS. FUN ALL THE TIME! Soon men with machines come … Continue reading Me, All Alone, at the End of the World Review 

The Little Copper Penny Review 

Synopsis from Edelweiss: Big, shiny, copper, or small - you are still worth it all. It makes "cents" to know your worth! Little Copper Penny is sad because all the other coins say pennies are worthless. Luckily Grandpa Wheat-who has been around for a very long time-knows just how Little Copper Penny feels and exactly … Continue reading The Little Copper Penny Review 

Together Always Review 

Synopsis from Sterling Publishing Website: When you’re the best of friends, you’re always together in spirit—even if you’re far away. Goat and Pig are best friends who do everything together in their little orchard. But one day, Goat wants to venture out in the world . . . while Pig wants to stay home. And … Continue reading Together Always Review 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Review – Group Buddy Read!

Synopsis from Scholastic Inc: The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Review – Group Buddy Read!

The Crane Girl Review 

Synopsis from Lee & Low Books: While gathering firewood, Yasuhiro comes upon an injured crane hidden in the snow. He rescues and comforts the bird, then watches as it flies away over the wintry hills. The next night, a mysterious young girl arrives at Yasuhiro’s home seeking shelter from the cold. The boy and his … Continue reading The Crane Girl Review 

Pandora Review

Synopsis from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Website: Pandora lives alone, in a world of broken things. She makes herself a handsome home, but no one ever comes to visit. Then one day something falls from the sky . . . a bird with a broken wing. Little by little, Pandora helps the bird grow stronger. Little … Continue reading Pandora Review

A True Princess of Hawaii Review 

Synopsis from Arbordale Publishing: Nani has always dreamed of being a princess. When a real Hawaiian princess comes to her hometown of Hilo, Nani dresses in her best clothes. But as she watches Princess Luka, who has come to save the town from a volcanic lava flow, Nani learns that there is more to being … Continue reading A True Princess of Hawaii Review 

Otis the Owl Review 

Synopsis from Arbordale Publishing: In beautifully detailed photographs, Mary Holland captures the first few months of a baby barred owl’s life. The huge eyes and fluffy feathers will steal the hearts of readers as they learn how barred owl parents ready their young owlets for the big world outside the nest. Follow along as Otis … Continue reading Otis the Owl Review 

Vivian and the Legend of the Hoodoos Review 

Synopsis from Arbordale Publishing: Long ago, the Old Ones were bad. They drank all the water, ate all the pine nuts, and left nothing for the other creatures. Sinawav the coyote punished them by turning them into rocky hoodoos. Now when children misbehave, their Paiute elders remind them that they too could be turned into … Continue reading Vivian and the Legend of the Hoodoos Review 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Review – Group Buddy Read

Synopsis from Scholastic Inc: Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Review – Group Buddy Read

Honey Girl: The Hawaiian Monk Seal Review

Synopsis from Arbordale Publishing: Hawaiian locals and visitors always enjoy spotting endangered Hawaiian monk seals, but Honey Girl is an extra special case. She has raised seven pups, and scientists call her “Super Mom.” After Honey Girl is injured by a fishhook, she gets very sick. Scientists and veterinarians work to save Honey Girl so … Continue reading Honey Girl: The Hawaiian Monk Seal Review

Sashi and the Puppy Mill Girl Review 

Synopsis from the Author's Website: Based on the true story of Cinnamon, this tale addresses the reality of puppy mills while keeping the story light, warm, and accessible to young readers. Sashi and the Puppy Mill Girl is the third in the award-winning Sashi series of children's books. (Follow link to visit the author's website). … Continue reading Sashi and the Puppy Mill Girl Review 

Sashi Adopts a Brother Review

Synopsis from the Author's Website: In this latest adventure, Sashi Adopts a Brother, the spunky little Sheltie assists her new family as they foster for Shetland Sheepdog Rescue, looking after other Shelties until they find “forever homes”. Following on the heels of her first Sashi story, Linda Greiner gives us a moving account of Sheltie … Continue reading Sashi Adopts a Brother Review

Sashi the Scared Little Sheltie Review 

Synopsis from the Author's Website: Sashi, the Scared Little Sheltie is the true story about a little dog who loses her home for only doing what comes naturally to a pup bred to be a herder—she chases everything that moves. She doesn’t understand why she is left at an animal shelter and, because she cowers … Continue reading Sashi the Scared Little Sheltie Review