I don’t talk about picture books too often on this blog–I’m a YA librarian, so I pretty much stick to YA with a little adult thrown into the mix. But I’m a mama to two boys–a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old–so picture books and small chapter books are becoming the daily norm in our house. And this summer we’ve found some GREAT books! Books with fantastic illustrations, sweet story lines, and creative writing styles. Of course, the boys don’t necessarily realize all that–they just know they want to re-read the stories over and over again!
Ever wonder what someone checks out from the library? Here’s a stack of books that I’ve checked out over the last few weeks–take a peek! And then let me know what YOU’RE reading right now!
My three-year-old niece Heidi LOVES Cinderella. She has a costume, plush dolls, and a soundtrack that she often dances to with her Daddy (it’s an adorable site!). Cinderella is that iconic Disney princess–a timeless beauty. So if you’re Cinderella-obsessed as well, here are some YA re-tellings to keep the love story alive.
Ahhh, Spring. We’re finally starting to feel some consistent warm weather in Indiana, and my family can’t get outside enough. We’re walking, driving, and playing every chance we get just so we can soak up the sun!
And this is the season for road trips. Whether it’s a planned Spring Break trip or something spontaneous, a road trip can be an amazing adventure. So if you’re feeling all the Spring feels, check out these road trip books to keep you in the mood!
Reading slumps–they happen to all of us. Yes, even to those of us who love love love to read. So if you find yourself feeling like you should be reading but just don’t have a lot of inspiration or energy, here are some go-to books that will help you over that hump. Get through that reading slump-hump!
I LOVE coffee table books. They tell a lot about a person–these are the books a person specifically chooses for the home as décor and browse reading. They show off a person’s interests, tastes, and even dreams.
But when I look at home tours online, I often see the same design books stacked on everyone’s coffee table. So I have made a list of six types of books that are perfect for the coffee table–especially when mixed together! And you better believe these are the books that you’ll find on my coffee tables!
Do you ever read a book and think to yourself “I think this is just like such-and-such book” or “isn’t this a copycat of ____”? Well, this isn’t one of those books. Noggin by John Corey Whaley is so uniquely its own that it can’t even be compared to anything else.
The book follows Travis Coates, a 16-year-old who is going to die soon. His cancer has continued to grow despite every treatment available. And honestly, Travis is tired of fighting it. But when a scientist/doctor shows up and offers Travis’s life back, he’s all ears. But to live out the rest of his life, Travis will need to have his head transferred to another body (a head transplant? a body transplant?) and be willing to live the rest of his life in someone else’s body. When Travis agrees to this crazy procedure, he wakes up five years later with a new body and friends who have grown up without him.
You need to read it. Here are three reasons why.
I never hear anyone talk about the book Starbird Murphy and the World Outside by Karen Finneyfrock. But I finished it before New Year’s Day and really enjoyed it! In this YouTube video I share all my feelings about it. Let me know if you pick it up, too!
Yes, friends, it’s really over. Although the final season for Downton Abbey was released awhile ago in England, it just ended here in the U.S. and I am feeling it. No more Mary, Tom, Edith, Anna, and dear old Mr. Bates. We’ve watched Daisy mature, Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes fall in love, and Granny get in all her digs.