Children's Book and Media Review

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List of Papers (Total 2,886)

Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You

Darren Jacobs is a fifteen-year-old stuck in the middle: the middle of high school, the middle of his parent’s divorce, and the middle of his brother’s first year of absence at college. But when he gets some earth-shattering news, Darren takes his life into his own hands and goes on a solo trip to visit his brother at college, where he encounters a strange but captivating girl...

Love, Life, and the List

A year ago, seventeen-year-old Abby Turner confessed her love to her best friend, Cooper, and it didn’t go well. As Abby strives to navigate through their friendship without making things weird, she realizes that maybe she can’t just pretend away her feelings. Meanwhile, Abby worries about her mother’s growing anxiety, which has worsened during her father’s long deployments...

Little Peach

Michelle is in the hospital, and she has a decision to make. There is a professional woman who says that she wants to help, but Michelle doesn’t know whether she should tell the truth. Through a series of flashbacks, Michelle reveals exactly how she got to the be in this position. She remembers a positive early childhood, being raised by her grandfather until he passes away. Then...

Leopold

Ben is a young boy who is afraid to join the soccer team. He can't stop thinking about what could go wrong. So his grandmother uses a parable about a timid turtle named Leopold to show him just what could go right. Leopold is afraid to come out of his shell and join his friends in the water. But when he finally decides to take a chance, he sees all the great things he's been...

Just an Adventure at Sea

Little Critter is ready for an adventure at sea with his dad. First, his dad buys a boat and they fix it up together. Little Critter gives the boat a name and paints it on the side of it. Although they are going fishing, Little Critter is not enchanted by the fish bait. They don’t catch anything all day, until they follow the seagulls and catch all sorts of fish. Unfortunately...

Jingle Bells

A familiar Christmas carol gets new life in Susan Jeffers’s Jingle Bells. The book showcases the wintry travels of a young boy and girl and their dog as they journey through the deep snow in a sleigh. They are joined at various points by a variety of snow animals but finally arrive safely to their destination, where they observe the festivities and warmth of Christmas with none...

I've Got Feet!: Fantastical Feet of the Animal World

Animals have all kinds of feet that are adapted to help them in their particular habitat. Webbed feet help to propel ducks through the water. Koala feet with long claws help them to stay in branches while they sleep. Bright blue booby feet attract a mate! Cheetah's feet are fast and bighorn sheep's hooves hold them to high ground. The last page asks the reader what their feet can...

In the Shadow of Liberty

Today’s Americans see the founding fathers and early presidents as men of honor who advocated for the rights of every citizen and ascribed the belief that “all men are created equal.” However, In the Shadow of Liberty exposes the reality that, all too often, there was a huge difference between what these men said and what they did in their personal lives. Larger-than-life...

I See London, I See France

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has spent most of her life caring for her agoraphobic mother, but when her best friend, Leela, decides to tour Europe for a month and begs Sydney to come, she throws caution to the wind and embarks upon an unforgettable adventure. Over the course of the next four and half weeks, she and Leela explore Europe while navigating their hearts and their...

I Hate Picture Books

Max hates his picture books. They’re always getting him in trouble! Green ham was NOT a good idea, eating it made him throw up all over the kitchen. Book after book has caused a different problem for Max, so he has decided to throw them all away. That is, until he remembers just how much he loves them after all.

Honk! Splat! Vroom!

Using only onomatopoeia, Gott creates a lively and entertaining tale of a car race and tells a story of overcoming obstacles. The blue race-car mouse gets a late start because the dust the other cars kick up makes him sneeze. Then all the other mice get stuck in some mud while the blue car mouse careens ahead. Before the blue race-car mouse can celebrate for too long, another...

Grumpy Monkey

All of Jim Panzee's friends think he is grumpy and tell him so. Jim insists to each of his friends that he is NOT grumpy. Everything is just off. He tries to fake a good mood with a big smile and raised eyebrows, and all kinds of fun activities, but nothing changes how he feels inside. He feels bad for yelling at everyone and he thinks his friend, Norman the gorilla, might be...

Fun Experiments with Electricity

Fun Experiments with Electricity is filled with amazing science experiments that are perfect for kids to explore as they’re learning about the basics of electricity. Toothbrush robots, potato power, and man-made lightning are just a few of the twelve exciting projects included. Each project includes the materials needs, step-by-step instructions, detailed illustrations, and a kid...

Far From the Tree

Grace, Maya, and Joaquin are three teenagers living independent lives. But when events in Grace’s life prompt her to start looking for her birth mother and possible birth siblings, she finds Maya and then Joaquin and breaks the news that the three of them have the same biological mother. Though the three siblings came this far in their life without knowing one another, they soon...

Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lite Up The World

Nikola Tesla has a dream: to turn the power of Niagara Falls into electricity. Nikola works hard to achieve his dream, first by attending college. Afterwards, he travels Europe seeking the funds to develop a way to use alternating current. He has little success, and so he sails to America to pitch his idea to Thomas Edison. Unfortunately, Edison also rejects his idea, and Nikola...

Ducks Away!

Ducks Away! is a creative counting tale about a mother duck and her five ducklings. When the duck family begins to cross a bridge, the ducklings take a tumble, and one by one they end up in the water below. The mother duck must come to their rescue and join them in the water. In the end, the ducklings are so happy to be reunited with their mom.

Dragonbreath: When Fairies Go Bad

Danny’s mother is kidnapped by fairies, and it is up to Danny and his friends, Wendell and Christiana, to save her. The three enter the fairy realm and must go through a variety of challenges in order to rescue Danny's mom. The trio encounters talking shrubs, a fox, and a fairy that curses Christiana. After many twists and turns, they rescue Mrs. Dragonbreath and are able to...

Donuts: The Hole Story

In this quick-paced tale, the reader follows the activities of donuts in a donut shop after the shop has closed. There are many characters, each a donut shop favorite. From iced donuts to glazed, powdered to sprinkled, they all enjoy their time out of the display case. There has been a robbery of golden sprinkles and the robber must be caught. The cops, in their donut car, chase...

Dear Dumb Diary, Deluxe: Dumbness is a Dish Best Served Cold

Jamie Kelly has written in her Dumb Diary about another humorous adventure. Angeline, one of Jamie's friends, has a new idea for a business! She wants to make and sell health plates that show the correct portions of every food group. Jamie and Isabella help Angeline run tests and make prototypes to sell these plates, but they are unsuccessful. They soon find out that Angeline's...

Crash! Boom! A Math Tale

A young elephant attempts to build a tower of blocks that can stand as tall as he is. His first attempt is wobbly and falls after just a few moments, but he is not deterred. He continues to try and his second attempt is successful, but tumbles after he accidentally bumps into it. He laughs and makes another successful attempt, learning more about how to build sturdy towers that...

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

Katherine Johnson is fascinated with numbers. She loves to explore them and figure out the patterns of the universe with them. Her dream is to become a mathematician; however, because of segregation and racial issues, she faces many challenges along the way. Eventually, she is hired by NASA and gains promotion after promotion until she is working on important space missions, like...

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell's famous story Black Beauty was published in 1877. This retelling by Ruth Brown is an adaptation that mimics Sewell's classic story in an abridged version. This story is unique because it is told from a horse's point of view. Black Beauty's life was not always a happy one. The horse was passed from owner to owner and they were not always kind. This book brings...

Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You

Walking in the ways of bravery and boldness, Be A King relates the life of Martin Luther King Jr. to the lives of children today. Alternating from the events of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life to a modern classroom of students creating a historical mural, we learn how we can be leaders in our day to day interactions. Standing up for peace, believing in our cause and lifting up the...

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get it Together (Sort Of)

Viral YouTuber Arden Rose chronicles her personal experiences with accompanying advice for the young and bewildered adult. Raised with highly religious parents, Arden finds herself departing from their views for a markedly more modern, internet-fueled, liberal perspective on life, sex, and personal expression. She allows the reader to share some of the more intimate details of...

A World of Her Own: 24 Amazing Women Explorers and Adventurers

Join twenty-four women explorers and adventurers as they dive into the deep sea, summit Mt. Everest and other peaks, discover new plants and animals, cross the world in a yacht, explore the Amazon River, catch venomous snakes, save endangered species, and venture through forest canopies. These women are diverse, coming from various countries, ethnicities, family situations, age...