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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Book Reviews, Features, Kids' Corner, Picture Books

Kids’ Corner: #BabyLove: My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh

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When I read the description for #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, I was very intrigued with the overall moral of the story:  to put down our phones (and/or other devices) and focus on our loved ones.  In this new technology savvy era full of mobile devices and social media, it has now become the norm for parents to share important milestones in their children’s lives via social media.  But at what point does it cross the line from occasionally updating family & friends to oversharing?  While you are busy taking multiple pictures, uploading to social media, and monitoring how many “likes” the picture of you and little Johnny at the zoo gets, are you in fact missing out on the memory itself?  What an interesting concept for a children’s book!

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Book Reviews, Kids' Corner, Middle Grade

Kids’ Corner: Mini Middle Grade Book Reviews (June 2017)

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Books included in this post: Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall, Every Single Second by Tricia Springstubb, Pillage by Obert Skye & Pax by Sara Pennypacker.

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Author Interviews, Book Reviews, Features, Kids' Corner, Picture Books

Kids’ Corner: Beautifully Different by Dana Salim + Author Q&A + #Giveaway

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I am back today with another installment within my Kids’ Corner division of my blog!  I was given the opportunity to read & review Dana Salim’s Beautifully Different, a children’s picture book that teaches children that our differences are what make us special & beautiful.  Dana was also gracious enough to answer a few questions for me about her writing, her publishing company (DS Publishing), and diversity within children’s books.   There is also an opportunity to win a copy of Beautifully Different!

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