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June 10, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
ladybug board book

BUSY LITTLE LADYBUG is a cute board book about a ladybug that loves colors. Ladybug wants to figure out what color looks best on her, so she tries wearing flowers and asking her friends how they look. However, her friends are not sure about the colors she tries on- until...

June 10, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
charming and delightful picture book

ONE SPRINGY, SINGY DAY is a brightly colored and fun celebration of spring. Told in rhyming text, the book follows several young children as they go about their day, making art, messes, and playing. The book begins with waking up and continues through a busy day until settling down for...

June 07, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
riveting YA fantasy/horror/thriller

ALL OUR HIDDEN GIFTS was a riveting and darkly captivating YA fantasy/thriller/horror read. Maeve is a teen girl and not particularly intelligent. She has a really difficult time in school, and she really wants to fit in and do alright academically to better fit in with the rest of her...

June 07, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
lush and atmospheric fantasy

FOR THE WOLF is a captivating fantasy read that sweeps the reader away to the Wilderwood. Redarys (Red) is the Second Daughter born to the queen of Valleyda, and this means that she is destined for the Wolf of the Wilderwood. It is said that if the sacrifice is right,...

June 06, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
delightful picture book about starting school

SCHOOL IS COOL! is a delightful picture book to celebrate all the cool things about school. Although the animals start off nervous about their first day of school, they quickly learn how awesome it is with so much to learn, new friends to make, and interesting new things to create....

June 06, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
charming board book about baseball

BASEBALL BABY is a cute, rhyming board book about the joy of baseball games and learning to play. Baby loves everything about the baseball game from the food to the music to the players. After the game, he dreams of playing baseball himself and hitting a home run. The book...

June 06, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
delightful board book celebrating soccer

SOCCER BABY is a delightful board book that captures all the joy of watching and playing the sport. Baby loves attending soccer games, watching the players and cheering when her team scores a goal. Baby especially loves it when her team wins! After some sleep, she puts on her shin...

June 05, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
overall fun cross between toy and book

WHAT'S UP, FIRE TRUCK? is an innovative book design that includes lots of lift-the-flap pages and then folds into a three-dimensional fire truck. The book includes rhyming text about firefighters and features lift-the-flaps on each page to explore a bit more. When done with reading, you can turn the book...

June 05, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
charming celebration of summer

SUNNY DAYS is a charming picture book that captures a summer day. Told in rhyme, the story captures so many of the magical things about summer, such as cold treats, playing in the mud, visiting the beach, and planting seeds. The book features full page illustrations of toddlers enjoying the...

June 05, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
charming and educational board book

COMPARROTIVES is a great way to introduce the concept of "-er" as more. Beginning with noisy and noisier and traveling through comparisons of emotion, weather, and more, the book gives many illustrations of comparatives all using a cute parrot. Although a simple concept, the board book really conveys everything so...

June 05, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
riveting and compelling YA contemporary romance

HEARTBREAKERS AND FAKERS is a consuming YA contemporary romance that I absolutely devoured. Penny wakes up on the lawn after a night of heavy drinking that she was supposed to have spent with her boyfriend, Jordan. When she goes inside to find him, she is confronted by her best friend,...

June 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
cute and silly picture book of love

MOO-MOO, I LOVE YOU! is a silly picture book of love, loaded up with word play. The book describes all the ways in which the caregiver loves a child, with every sentence containing a word that has been changed into a moo-word. For instance, this includes words such as moo-sic,...

June 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
relatable and charming picture book

BEAR CAN'T WAIT is a cute story about excitement, patience, and friendship. Bear has been waiting so long for the planned surprise for Hare. Now that the day is here, he just can't wait. As his friends help prepare for the surprise party, Bear is rushing around. When he rushes...

June 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
dreamy and beautifully illustrated picture book

FARAWAY THINGS is a lovely and dreamlike story about a boy who finds a sword on the beach. Lucian loves the days after a storm, when he can search the beach for items washed ashore. His father had called them faraway things, and they were his to keep. After a...

June 04, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
charming and magical YA contemporary

OF PRINCES AND PROMISES is an interesting twist on The Frog Prince that adds a bit of magic into a YA contemporary story. Caterina is a wealthy and popular heiress, and she enjoys her social stature as an almost-princess. Her heart was broken by Alaric, who cheated on her and...

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