Cam Jansen series

The Cam Jansen mystery series by David A. Adler is sure to please the detective and mystery lover in your life. Meet Cam Jansen, a kid detective with a photographic memory who loves to solve mysteries that arise in her school and town. Criminals are no match for this amazing girl and her incredible memory….

Time for Kids: Volcanoes

Volcanoes¬†by Cy Armour is one title in the Time for Kids nonfiction series of books. If your child loves nonfiction, then check these books out! These books have incredible illustrations, diagrams, and photographs to add to the text information. The books are short for easy reading. You can devour many of these books in a…

Who Would Win?

The Who Would Win? nonfiction series by Jerry Pallotta is a great way to motivate your child to want to read. These books put two animals up against each other and asks who would win if these animals got into a fight. The books start by asking the reader who they think would win. Next,…

Tuesdays at the Castle

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George and Suzy Jackson is an enchanting first novel in a series about a magical castle and the family who resides there. Princess Celie lives with her parents, the king and queen, in a castle that likes to change shape every Tuesday. Celie loves to see what type…

Jon Scieszka’s Truck Town

Looking for an easy reader for your early reader? I stumbled across Jon Scieska’s Truck Town series at my local library. The books are written by two famous authors (Jon Scieska and David Shannon). These authors have teamed up to create easy readers with adorable characters that are highly engaging to young readers. These books…

The Land of Stories

Today’s series is a fantastic fairy tale twist story about modern day clashing with the fairy tales we all know and love. The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer tells the story of twins Conner and Alex ¬†as they discover a new world where fairy tale characters and traditional story characters all live together in…

I Survived…

The I Survived historical fiction series of books by Lauren Tarshis are highly recommended by me for reluctant readers for many reasons. First, the plots center around a terrifying event in history or recent history (Nazi invasion, San Fransisco earthquake, Joplin tornado, Hurricane Katrina, Japanese tsunami, destruction of Pompeii, attack on Pearl Harbor, shark attacks,…

Henry and Mudge series

The Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant is a great fit for your early reader. These books are a level J, which is end of first grade level, but appeal to K-2 kids. Henry is a lonely only child who begs his parents for siblings or friends on his street to play with. His…

Golden Sower Book Award of Nebraska

I mentioned that one of my books was a Golden Sower nominee. The Golden Sower is awarded to one picture book, one chapter book, and one young adult novel each year in Nebraska. The cool thing about this award is that it is a children’s choice award. Each year, thousands of Nebraska’s school children read…

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year

Today’s book series was introduced to me as a Nebraska Golden Sower nominee from last school year. If you don’t live in Nebraska, you probably haven’t heard of this book award. I will explain the Golden Sower process in a separate post, so check back later this week! Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the…

Max Spaniel Books

My daughter and I came across these books in our search at the library this week. Max Spaniel is a short series by author David Catrow. The book starts out with Max introducing himself as anything but a dog (from a hunter in one book, to a chef in the other). He prepares for whatever…

Books for Brand New Readers

Before my kids went to kindergarten, I helped them get ready to read with BOB books. BOB books are CVC (consonant vowel consonant pattern) readers that have simple word patterns and sight words to help kids learn how to read. These books have a prep page at the beginning of each book that tells the…