A beautifully illustrated poem that captures the magic of The Book of Kells and the tradition of illumination for young readers. Plus, it has a cat in it, and who doesn't love cats?
A magical fantasy epic that centers around the power of love, this story is full of classic archetypes with plenty of fresh approaches and satisfying twists for middle grade readers. With lots of strong female characters and nontradition male perspectives, this book does an excellent job of letting people's actions, rather than their genders, define them. Just scary enough to stay interesting, this book is, at its heart, sweet in the best way.
Richly illustrated and beautifully told, Little Night Cat tells a heart-warming story of unconditional giving, and unconditional love. A great story for lovers of music, animals and/or philanthropists of all ages. This book might just bring a (happy) tear to your eye!
The Female of the Species has all of the elements of a typical teen coming of age story (boys, best friends and the dreaded popular crowd), but with a darkness and realism that hits home a little uncomfortably. Alex Craft turns her small town on its head when her inability to tolerate the dehumanizing and violent treatment of women forces people to see how pervasive the influence of rape culture is in their town, and today's society at large. Equal parts empowering and horrifying, this book is a timely story that is sure to start a conversation.
A timeless classic beautifully bound and illustrated. The Hobbit will always hold a special place in my heart and this edition is a great way to introduce this story to younger readers. Perfect for bedtime reading, which was Tolkien's original intent when he wrote this story to amuse his own children!
Every little one needs a great dinosaur primer! Dinoblock has brightly colored illustrations and peek ahead pages that make this book interactive and fun to read. My favorite part, though? Each dinosaur's name includes a pronunciation guide!
Bloom is not your average fairy! While she certainly has wings and magical abilities, she also has muddy boots and heavy steps, which not everyone in the kingdom appreciates. When the kingdom needs help, though, Bloom is happy to step in and help, guiding a young apprentice who fears her new-found skills will go unnoticed. When the little girl asks Bloom what an ordinary girl like her should tell the kingdom, Bloom advises her to tell them, "There is no such thing as an ordinary girl." An empowering twist on fairy tales that EVERY little girl should read!
A poetic and scientifically backed story that is full of beauty and humility. Bailey manages to pull the reader into the slow pace of not only her snail companion, but also of her own illness which has resulted in her careful study of the small forest snail that she shares a room with for a season. This book left me feeling peaceful and grateful for the world around me and my lot in life. Easily the best book I have read this year!