Reviews written by Beth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer

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May 13, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
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4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
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N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Friendship and Growth

“Singing with Elephants” by Margarita Engle is a novel in verse that chronicles the friendship that grows between a young girl and a poet. This friendship brings them closer together through a sense of hope and discovery that allows them to find peace and comfort in their lives. ...

March 25, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Ancient Roman Times

“Ancient Rome for Kids” by Oldrich Ruzicka, illustrated by Tomas Tuma, contains a variety of maps that take readers through the world of the ancient civilization. Readers will find themselves inserted into the daily life of the time, learning about foods such as fruits and vegetables, to different craftsman that...

March 25, 2024 (Updated: March 26, 2024)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Middle Grade Indie
Cute, Fun Retelling

“Who’s Writing This Story?” by Robin Newman, illustrated by Deborah Zemke, tells a revised version of the story of the three little pigs. If you’ve ever wondered how a story gets told, this book helps explain it. While the three little pigs and the big bad wolf are what readers...

March 25, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Kids Nonfiction
Journey Through Habitats

“Habitats” by Hannah Pang, illustrated by Isobel Lundie, takes readers on a journey from rainforests to deserts, oceans, mountains, springs, and more. Readers will learn not only about different locations and specific places around the globe, but also about the animals that inhabit these spots. The illustrations will entice readers...

March 23, 2024 (Updated: March 23, 2024)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
High Aspirations

“Gigi Shin Is Not a Nerd” by Lyla Lee takes readers into the world of Gigi, a middle school girl with high aspirations to be an artist. Growing up in a Korean-American family doesn’t make it easy for her, though, as she finds that there are expectations put on her...

March 22, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Friendship, Crushes, and Pranks

“The Boyfriend Wish” by Swati Teerdhala tells the story of high school student Deepa and her friends and family. Deepa’s life revolves around school and her friends. She lives on a cul-de-sac with her closest pals, and she finds that life is going pretty well. That is, until a problem...

February 06, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Confidence in Setting One's Sights

“Charlie’s Eyeglasses” by Margarita del Mazo is a cute story about a little boy who desperately wants eyeglasses so a girl in class will notice him. He feels that since she is getting glasses, if he gets them too, it may be just the thing he needs for her to...

February 06, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.8
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
All There Is to Know About Plants!

“Incredible: Stars of the Plant World” by Benjamin Flouw is deserving of its title. The book starts out with helpful words to know as you progress through the book. There are handy images of the different types of trees and other plants showcased throughout the pages. From giants in the...

February 01, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Kids Nonfiction
Food: Cultures and Traditions

“Welcome to Our Table: A Celebration of What Children Eat All Around the World,” by Laura Micha and Ed Smith, illustrated by Harriet Lynas, starts off with a table of contents that includes not only words, but pictures. Each chapter is introduced and includes a few words of explanation to...

February 01, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Perseverance and Friendship

“Teaching Eddie to Fly” by Katarina Macurova shares the story of Arthur the bear and Eddie the bird. The interesting thing about Eddie is that, despite the fact that he’s a bird and birds can fly, he gets around on foot. When Arthur tries to learn more about how Eddie...

January 30, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Friendship and Giving

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Gift From Daniel,” by Maria Le, with poses and layouts by Jason Fruchter, starts off with Daniel and Miss Elaina playing together. Soon, Miss Elaina gives Daniel a toy robot as a present. This makes Daniel very happy, but he also doesn’t know quite what to...

January 16, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
A Dash of Magic

“Courtesy of Cupid,” by Nashae Jones, is a sweet middle grade story about Erin Johnson, or EJ to her friends. Her best friend, Bruno, is always there for her, until he seems to be drifting away, at least spending time thinking about a girl he likes. Their relationship falters a...

January 07, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Loads of Shapes

“Shape Scapes,” written by Magda Gargulakova and Stepanka Sekaninova, illustrated by Lukas Fibrich, is perfect for young children, but can interest even adults. It’s obvious that shapes are everywhere, but taking the time to see them in the everyday, picking the extraordinary out of the ordinary, is something that not...

January 07, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
A Beatles Biography

“The Beatles,” a Little Golden Book, written by Judy Katschke and illustrated by Maike Plenzke, tells the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, better known the world over as The Beatles. These four friends from Liverpool all had musical aspirations, and eventually they started playing together. The rest is...

January 07, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
An Alaskan Train Ride

“All Aboard the Alaska Train,” written by Brooke Hartman, illustrated by John Joseph, has beautiful illustrations that explore the wonder of the Alaska terrain, including the wide variety of animals that inhabit it. While there are people on board the five cars of the train, there are also buffalo, otters,...

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