ARC Reviews, Book Reviews, Kids' Corner, Middle Grade

Book Review: The Battle of Junk Mountain by Lauren Abbey Greenberg + ARC #Giveaway

 

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When I was contacted by the publisher with the offer to read & review The Battle of Junk Mountain, I decided to overlook the fact that I am not technically open for review requests and accepted the offer… What can I say?  I was in the mood for a middle grade read, and there was something about the cover that spoke to me. 

I am happy to report that I was rewarded with a wonderful little gem of a book.  The Battle of Junk Mountain is a heartwarming book about new & changing friendships, family drama, and a summer full of changes... 

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Book Reviews, Kids' Corner, Picture Books

Kids’ Corner: STEM Picture Books Featuring Female Main Characters

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Last week I read my 4-year-old her favorite book (at the moment) for the 100th time, Violet the Pilot.

*Side note: this was our most recent book from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  If you do not know about this program, you can read all about it here → Kids’ Corner: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Anyways!  I actually don’t mind reading this book to her so many times because I loved how the book features a GIRL engineer/pilot.  This jogged a memory from last year when I read Ada Twist, Scientist and had similar feelings.  It is so wonderful to read STEM books featuring girl main characters.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  When browsing the picture books at the library, I notice that my daughter is drawn to books with anything princess, fairy, unicorn, ballerina, etc.  They are often very PINK and very sparkly.  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with these books, actually they often hold important themes & lessons, HOWEVER it is also nice to see books that center around girls in traditionally male-dominated fields like science & math.

Long story short, I started researching to find more STEM picture books that featured girl main characters.  Sadly, I was disappointed with my findings.  There are very few of these books.

Here are the books I did find…

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ARC Reviews, Book Reviews, Kids' Corner, Picture Books

Kids’ Corner: Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman

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When I was contacted with the opportunity to read & review Pink is for Boys, I jumped at the opportunity.  For one, I’m always on the lookout for books that challenge the traditional gender norms to share with my children, and secondly I could tell it was going to be wonderfully illustrated.  That’s a win-win in my book!

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Book Reviews, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Kids' Corner, Memoir, Middle Grade

Kids’ Corner: Diverse Middle Grade Books in Review (July 2017) #DiverseKidLit

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Hello bookworms!

Today I’m back with another set of reviews for my Kids’ Corner feature of my blog.  I’m excited to share a few thoughts about 3 AMAZING diverse middle grade books.

*Books included in this post: Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, & The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim

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Features, Kids' Corner, Memes, Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday: Best Middle Grade Books I’ve Read in 2017 (Thus Far)

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Hello and welcome to my Top 5 Wednesday post!

T5W is a weekly meme is hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes.  You can visit the Goodreads T5W group for more info.

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This week’s theme is…

July 12th: Children’s Books
–This can include Middle Grade (but try to recommend more than just Harry Potter and Percy Jackson!) Feel free to talk about your childhood faves or more recent reads.

I decided to spin this week’s topic to the best middle grade books I’ve read so far this year…

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