highly recommended


The Three Questions

Jennifer Minicus | 11 Nov 2010

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

Young Nikolai learns the joy of serving others.

The Mysterious Benedict Society

Clare Cannon | 9 Nov 2010

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?

The Drinking Gourd

Jennifer Minicus | 26 Oct 2010

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

This easy reader tells the story of the Underground Railroad through the eyes of a young boy.

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It's a Book

Clare Cannon | 17 Oct 2010

written for all ages | highly recommended

Here's the perfect 'first book' for kids of the digital age.

The Scarecrow's Dance

Jennifer Minicus | 15 Oct 2010

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

Here is a perfect book to read to children during the harvest time.

The Prydain Chronicles

Jennifer Minicus | 11 Oct 2010

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Before there was a Harry Potter, before there was a Percy Jackson, there was Taran Wanderer.

The Chronicles of Narnia

Tim Golden | 30 Sep 2010

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

This classic fantasy series has not lost its charm after fifty years of popularity.

Twenty and Ten

Jennifer Minicus | 26 Sep 2010

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

In desperate times, even young children can be heroes.

Amos Fortune, Free Man

Jennifer Minicus | 16 Sep 2010

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

In this biography of an African slave, Yates demonstrates that to forgive can sometimes be human as well as divine.

The Adventures of Pinocchio

Jennifer Minicus | 6 Sep 2010

written for all ages | highly recommended

This original version of a well-known story is a worthwhile read for children of all ages.

Where the Red Fern Grows

Jennifer Minicus | 27 Aug 2010

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

This touching story is a must read for anyone who likes stories about boys and dogs.

Not quite ready for Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Try Alvin Ho!

Clare Cannon | 25 Aug 2010

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

Here's a series that has reluctant young readers hooked and adults secretly glad to read it aloud again and again.

Word After Word After Word

Jennifer Minicus | 14 Aug 2010

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

Lucy and her classmates discover the writer inside of them when a guest visits their class.

Twilight Alternative #1: Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl

Clare Cannon | 8 Aug 2010

written for ages 13-16 | highly recommended

Whether or not you consider Twilight the ultimate teen romance, Spinelli's Stargirl is a delightful read which gives you a far richer understanding of life and love.

The Seven Silly Eaters

Jennifer Minicus | 31 Jul 2010

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

What's a mother to do when her children are picky eaters?

The Talent Thief

Jennifer Minicus | 31 Jul 2010

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Move over Percy Jackson! Adam Bloom is here to show us what it means to be a real hero.

My Sister, Alicia May

Leticia Velasquez | 24 Jul 2010

written for all ages | highly recommended

Big sister Rachel describes the joys and challenges of having a sister with Down syndrome.

I Loved You Before You Were Born

Jennifer Minicus | 18 Jul 2010

written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended

A new grandmother recounts her expectations for her unborn grandchild.

The Magician's Elephant

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Jun 2010

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

An orphaned boy searches for his lost sister with the help of a mysterious elephant.

Nick of Time

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Jun 2010

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

Twelve year old Nick McIver discovers a time machine and travels to the past to assist England's navy to defeat Napoleon.

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