Awakening Wonder With Cabinet of Curiosities

“When I was about six, I started my first cabinet of curiosities. The first thing I put in it was a skunk’s skull I found in our backyard. The skull fit perfectly in my palm. It had sharp little teeth. I was surprised to notice that it looked like my dogs’, with long, jagged canines […]




Review: This Book Was a Tree

  This Book Was a Tree by Marcie Chambers Cuff Find it at Your:  Local Library | Local Bookstore Published: Perigee (imprint of Penguin Group), April 1, 2014 In a Nutshell: This Book Was a Tree: Ideas, Adventures, and Inspiration for Rediscovering the Natural World is science teacher and blogger Marcie Chambers Cuff’s invitation to us all […]



Review: This One Summer

  This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki Find it at: Your Local Library | Your Local Bookstore Published: First Second Books (May 6, 2014) Recommended Reading Age: 12 & up In a nutshell: I read this book in one sitting. This One Summer is funny and honest and heartbreaking and beautiful.  Every summer, […]



Review: Boxers & Saints

Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang Find it at: Your Library | Your Local Bookstore Published: First Second, an imprint of Macmillan (September 10, 2013) Recommended reading age: 12 & up In a nutshell: I tend to use the word “favorite” on this blog quite liberally. This I know. But even so… I hope it […]



Quantrill’s Raid Book List for Young Readers

[Also appears on the Lawrence Public Library Children’s Room blog] There are many things I love about living in Lawrence, Kansas, one being that it is a town rich with history; a history that is celebrated and honored. This August the city of Lawrence is all a buzz for the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid, […]



Review: Out of the Easy

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys Find it at: Your library | Amazon | Indiebound Published: Philomel, imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group (February 12, 2013) Recommended Reading Age: 15 & up In a nutshell: It’s the 1950’s and the United States is full of ambition. Anything seems possible. Well, anything for almost anyone. […]



Hokey Pokey

Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli Find it at: Your library | Amazon | Indiebound Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, imprint of Random House Children’s Books (January 8, 2013) Recommended Reading Age: 10 & up In a nutshell: I’m fairly certain Jerry Spinelli is a hypnotist. Or a magician. One or the other or both. […]



The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Find it at: Your library | Amazon | IndieBound Published: Dutton Juvenile  (January 10, 2012) Recommended Reading Age: 14 & up In a nutshell: One of my reading goals for 2013 was to read more YA fiction, so I started out full speed with the heavy-hitter of […]



Splendors and Glooms

  Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz Find it at: Your library | Amazon | Indiebound Published: Candlewick (August 28, 2012) Recommended reading age: 9 & up In a nutshell: Magic? Check. Intrigue? Check. Disturbing? Double check. One gloomy day in Victorian London, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall, two orphans under the care of master […]



The False Prince

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen Find it at: Your library! | Amazon | Indiebound Published: Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic (April 1, 2012) Recommended Reading Age: 11 & up In a nutshell: It was about a month ago when I came home with a bag of books after work, sharing my loot […]