Scaredy-Cat, Splat! by Rob Scotton

Scaredy-Cat, Splat! by Rob Scotton is my first introduction to Splat and I found him so cute that I must go seek out Rob Scotton’s other books featuring the same character.  It’s Halloween and Splat is in search of the scariest costume.  But no matter what he does or wear, everybody else is scarier than [...]

Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson, Illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler

Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson and illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler is the biography of Wangari Maathai who won the Novel Peace Prize in 2004 for her environmental activism which included founding The Green Belt Movement which teaches people to take care of the environment by planting trees, recycling, and seeking alternative energy [...]

The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood, Illustrated by Reneta Liwska

The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Reneta Liwska is a beautiful book.  I had to stop myself from typing out instead – a beautiful, quiet book.  But The Quiet Book is just that.  Quiet.  A book meant to be read in hushed whispers and soft voices. The perfect book to read to [...]

The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars

Winner of the 1971 Newbery Medal, The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars is the story of the longest day of 14-year-old Sara’s life.  Her summer has already been awful and boring, she thinks that her feet are too big and she’s jealous of her beautiful older sister Wanda.  Sara, her sister and their [...]

Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin

Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin is the story of a mother and daughter set around a beautiful beach home, Sea Escape, on the New England coastline. Laura, a devoted wife, mother and nurse has always been trying to get her mother’s attention.  But Helen, her estranged mother, seems uninterested in anything to do with her [...]