by Megan Miranda
The Safest Lies was a good weekend book and I liked it. Yes, it was predictable but that’s OK the description was very lengthy and pretty much tells you what to expect. There were some parts though that I didn’t expect and liked that she threw a curve ball in the story. Those are always good and keep you reading. The budding romance between the main character Kelsey and Ryan was sweet. I really was kinda questioning if Ryan was a good guy at one point. Kelsey is not your average teen this girl could get herself out of any situation thanks to her mom’s fear of being found. All that training she thought was not necessary ending up coming in handy. Kelsey was a think fast and on the spot tough girl. I liked her character as well as Ryan’s. The mystery and mom’s story within the story that is The Safest Lie was good and made for a great book to read over the weekend. This one is perfect of YA readers and really I’d let me middle grade reader read this one. There was kissing but nothing more, one scene where she falls asleep in Ryan’s room but that is it and she has seen that on Grimm. Over all it is pretty clean and fast paced, geared for YA so use your judgement on if you’d let your tween middle grade reader read this one.
summary: Kelsey has lived most of her life in a shadow of suspicion, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn’t set foot outside their front door in seventeen years, since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker’s baby growing inside her—Kelsey.
Kelsey knows she’s supposed to keep a low profile and stay off the grid for their protection, but that plan is shattered when her dramatic car accident and rescue by volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker sparks media coverage.
A few days later, she arrives home to find her mother missing. Now, to have a chance at a future, Kelsey will have to face her darkest fears. Because someone is coming for her. And the truth about the past may end up being the most dangerous thing of all.
by Vivian Vande Velde
23 Minutes was an interesting book and a concept I had not read before now. Some would say it was like a crime fighting ground hog day. However while I see the similarity of the repeating that is about it. In this book the main character Zoe is a fifteen year old girl living in a group home and after an accident she can repeat 23 minutes of time. She needs to be careful since once that 23 minute window closes she can’t go back. She is in desperate need of repeating a certain 23 minutes and getting it right or many lives are going to end. Oh and one more thing she only gets 10 repeats, after that the last one is the one that sticks and no going back. She tries so many different times with so many different outcomes but she still thinks she can get a better one. She makes a friend, helper and ally in Daniel and between them work hard at getting the best 23 minutes they can. This is a short book coming in at 176 pages, the author did a great job at telling many different 23 minutes and really hooking the reader. I really liked the Zoe – Daniel team and enjoyed this quick book over a morning thunderstorm. I think it would be a great summer book to read and can be finished in a day’s time.
summary: Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret ability: she can travel back in time twenty-three minutes to relive events she wants to change. But Zoe has learned from experience that this is more curse thangift. Things almost never end well and people just tend to think she’s crazy.
But when she steps into a bank to get out of the rain and finds herself in the middle of a robbery gone horrifyingly wrong, Zoe knows she’s the only one who can help. The problem is, she has only a limited number of tries to make things right. Plus, a single mistake could get her killed—and not even time travel could bring her back from that.
written and illustrated by Tad Hills
original song by Lauren Savage and Ross Gruet
Duck and Goose is a fun little book series and one that kids love. They are perfect read aloud’s that hold the attention span of the listener and create laugh out loud moments. Duck and Goose are the cutest little characters and I feel this books will become classic picture books. The bright colorful illustrations are inviting and will capture and hold the little bookworms. The sentences are simple and short which would be make this book a good beginning reader. Duck & Goose Let’s Dance is a board book so it is sturdy for lots of reading wear and hold’s up well for toting around while out and about. This book comes with an added bonus of downloading a song that accompanies this board book.
summary: Honk, quack, dance and sing with Duck & Goose in this fun new board book, which includes an original Duck & Goose song.
Easter is just a few days away and I’m sharing a few cute picture books that would be great to have for some bedtime, story time or holiday reading on Easter Sunday.
Here Comes Peter Cottontail by Mary Man-Kong illustrated by Random House
We all know the song but I know my preschooler’s were always surprised there was a picture book by the same title. The story is a bit long in text, depending on the age or the listeners you might need to pace it out over a day or 2 reading bedtimes. When I had the youngest preschool class I read it over lunch time, I did that a lot with longer books. The kids loved listening to stories while eating and they seemed to eat a lot better too. The illustrations are bright and colorful and fit the story to a T. This story has the Easter bunny and briefly Santa so it might not be for every house or classroom but if you celebrate these holidays than grab this classic. The book includes Easter egg holders and stickers so this might be a fun addition to the traditional egg dying session. You and your little ones can create child lit easter eggs.
summary: Children ages 3 to 7 will love to celebrate Easter with this full-color storybook based on the classic Peter Cottontail Claymation TV special from 1971. Plus, it features press-out Easter egg holders and over 30 stickers!
The Bunny Hop (Sesame Street) by Sarah Albee
Who doesn’t love Sesame Street, well OK sadly my youngest never liked the show no matter how many times I tried. However she did love this classic picture book and we read it so many times, even when it was wasn’t Easter time. I think I loved this adorable picture book just as much as my girls and preschooler’s. Bunnies have invaded Sesame Street and the characters are finding them everywhere. Kids will love seeing all the funny places the bunnies show up at. The Bunny Hop is adorable and I can see why it is a Golden Book story title.
summary: A riotously funny Sesame Street Little Golden Book about Easter bunnies run wild! On Easter morning, Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and their Sesame Street friends find cute bunnies in the strangest (and funniest) places! Where did they come from?
by George Ella Lyon
illustrated by Lynne Avril
published by Simon and Schuster Kids
The Pirate of Kindergarten is not about pirates it is a sweet picture book about a girl in kindergarten who see’s double of everything. She has double vision but never knew till one day in kindergarten they class had to take an eye test. Ginny always thought everyone saw double everything. She was fine if she put her nose in the book literally. She was fine if she squinted or closed 1 eye but with both eyes open there was trouble.
She couldn’t walk to reading circle which she loved without bumping into the chairs, she couldn’t read a book with putting her nose right up the page or closing 1 eye, the teacher always told her not to do these things. Cutting with scissors was super hard and she never knew any different.
Thanks to the school nurse she could get help and correct her double vision. She got to wear a patch and became the pirate of kindergarten. One that could do everything and only saw 1 of everything.
This picture book is a sweet book that would be great to read the first few days or week of school, if you have a student that wears a patch. A great picture book with a sweet message and explanation that helps kids understand.
illustrated by Eric Rohman
Wordless Picture Book Wednesday
Notable Children’s Book 1995
Follow a little birds journey and adventure into the land of the dinosaurs. A bird flies into a dinosaur exhibit at a local museum. While perched on top of a t-rex’s tooth. After the bird takes off and soars through the museum you see the place through the imagination of the little bird.
The little bird is imagining what it would be like to fly with the first birds. Imagining that he/she is a pterosaurs or other dinosaur bird. While soaring in and out of the different exhibits within the museum the book ends with the bird flying right into the mouth of the t-rex the book started with. Little bird decides it is time to leave and join the birds of today.
This picture book is great and lends itself to some great discussions and story telling.
Some Discussion Questions you could use as prompts for read aloud time:
- See if your child or students can name the dinosaurs that are included in the book? You’d be amazed at how well they can say these incredibly hard names.
- Compare what it was like between Land of the Dinosaurs and Today
- Ask why they think the bird pretended to be flying with the big dinosaur birds?
- Do they think the little bird will come back to the museum and play again?