Throwback Children’s Books (Part One)

Working in the children’s section at a library has introduced me to a realm of books that either didn’t exist when I was child, or weren’t on my radar. Even with this new world of books added to my list of books to recommend—I plan to read & review some of these books soon!—there are older children’s books (at least a decade old or more) I still suggest if it sounds like it fits a customer’s criteria. There are so many, in fact, that I had to turn this into a two-part post. Share your favorite books from your childhood in the comments, and stay tuned for part two!

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Everything about this book deserved my adoration. It was one of few books I read as a child that brought me into the world of fantasy. Part of the reason I didn’t read fantasy is because magic and myth, with the exception of the Harry Potter series, wasn’t quite the phenomenon with children it is now. I also, however, didn’t read fantasy because I didn’t like it as much as a child. Most of my reading was mystery and/or realistic fiction. My almost exclusive fascination with Princess Academy in the fantasy genre is probably why I’ve branched out to reading almost nothing but fantasy as an adult. Even as an adult, Princess Academy remains one my favorite books. Continue reading “Throwback Children’s Books (Part One)”

Trying Out Audiobooks

There’s an argument between readers and non-readers alike over whether listening to an audiobook qualifies as reading. My opinion is that though listening does not involve the physical act of looking at words, listening to a book involves the same mental interpretation and imagination as reading a book in your hands. So, yes, I consider audiobook listening to be real reading.

Despite this opinion, I never listened to an audiobook until now. I enjoy the visual aspect of reading, so I never considered doing otherwise. Many have told me to listen to one while driving, but I like listening to music. I did not consider audiobooks until a few weeks ago. Continue reading “Trying Out Audiobooks”

A Selection of Silly Picture Books

Chicken Butt’s Back! by Erica S. Perl
Check out this book if you want something with simple word play. In this book, a clever child sets his mom up for repeated embarrassment. As one sentence ends with an animal, the next sentence starts with “but.” “deer. But…” becomes, in the mind of the child, “deer butt.” So does everything else that meets this pattern. The colors are vibrant, which goes well with the jokes the story portrays. It follows a very childish premise, but ultimately creates many laughs. Continue reading “A Selection of Silly Picture Books”

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Reviewing Looking for Alaska is relevant for two reasons. The first is that John Green has a new book coming out next month called Turtles All the Way Down. [His older books are likely receiving a resurgence in popularity because of Turtles All the Way Down.] It’s also Banned Books Week in the U.S., and Looking for Alaska is a frequently challenged book as reported by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. It made the Top 10 Most Challenged Books list in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, with the book taking the number one spot in 2015.

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Picture Books By Kevin Sherry

When I started working for Chesapeake Public Libraries, I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean was one of best picture books introduced to me. Reading a bunch of Sherry’s other books was a no-brainer.

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
This tale includes the bragging of a squid who thinks he is the biggest creature in the ocean. He swims around the ocean, looking at the various creatures that cannot compare to his size. Each creature is cute in its own way, but even more interesting in that is that all these cute, animated characters also have a bit of realism to them. The book makes good use of fold out pages and spacing. It is the main character/squid, however, that brings readers in. If you know anything about the ocean, you know that squids are not the biggest creatures that live in it. Even so, that is not enough to damper the squid’s spirit… Continue reading “Picture Books By Kevin Sherry”