North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration by Nick Dowson Illustrated by Patrick Benson Thought it was going to be more information, but it does relate the information in a nice picture book format. Good way to introduce elementary age kids to this information.
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu The world is a confusing place, especially for orphan Oscar. Never taught the social niceties; he is the errand boy for the most powerful magician in the Barrow. His job is to run errands or spend his time in the cellar taking care of the herbs used in various … More The Real Boy teaches kids about the dangers of perfection
Every Bone Tells a Story by Jill Rubalcaba, Peter Robertshaw This is for middle schooler and older. Interesting. Each chapter is a new hominid find. Each time you get to read about how it was found, the scientific study around it, and the controversies. It was fascinating to read about the changes in technology and science … More Every Bone Tells a Story by Jill Rubalcaba lets students see science in action
Heaven Looks A Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass When you think of ways you could die, you never think gym class. You put yourself in some heroic situation. When sixteen-year-old Tessa experiences death by gym class, it wasn’t what she expected, but then neither is heaven which seems like her local mall. Tessa … More Heaven is being at the mall
Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman Abraham Lincoln’s life told in words and pictures. The story is intriguing; the pictures tell their own story. It’s good for fifth grade on up because of the topic and the vocabulary, but with the pictures help it from being too dense. Well written and well researched. Too bad there … More Lincoln: A Photobiography is intriguing
The Last Wild by Piers Torday @PiersTorday For 5th grade and up Kester Jaymes has been sent to a type of reform school. Kester’s “crime” is that he won’t or can’t speak. He is living in a future world without animals – rather a world with very few animals because they are dying from a … More The Last Wild by @PiersTorday is engaging
Maisy Drives the Bus by Lucy Cousins Good for toddler through beginning readers (and this adult). Love the Maisy books. Bright colors and bold drawings keep the eye of the young child. The words are simple, but they tell a story. These books are good for read aloud to little ones, and then those … More You will love the Maisy books by Lucy Cousins