Children's Book and Media Review

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List of Papers (Total 2,889)

That Bear Can't Babysit

When Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit post a request for a baby sitter to watch their seven active bunnies they get only one applicant—a bear! Mrs. Rabbit is a bit uncomfortable leaving her brood in the care of an omnivore, but Mr. Rabbit is worried that they will be late for the party. The little bunnies make all kinds of mischief while in the care of the bear, but Bear is really just...

Tea with Oliver

Philbert the mouse has just one simple wish: to have tea with Oliver. And it just so happens that Oliver the cat wants someone to have tea with. But Philbert is too shy to come out from under the couch, and Oliver doesn’t know Philbert exists. After a series of mishaps leaving Philbert unable to get Oliver’s attention and Oliver in despair of ever finding someone to have tea with...

Strange the Dreamer

At age twenty, orphaned Lazlo Strange is the expert on the lost city of Weep—a gift which lets him join the first group of warriors who’ve ventured from the city in over two-hundred years. Evil gods have enslaved the city for the past two centuries, and fifteen years earlier the hero Eril killed the gods and their children, leaving behind a floating citadel shadowing Weep. But...

Stink #11: Hamlet and Cheese

It’s spring break and Stink Moody is attending a Shakespeare camp with his best friend Sophie. Little did he know he’d be the only boy and his enemy Riley Rottenberger would be attending. Stink finds out he gets to learn insults and sword fighting, and that eases his mind. During camp, Riley tells Stink that at the end of the this week he will be getting a big kiss. Stink has to...

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

Living in a small apartment in New York City, Carl Sagan’s imagination takes him places he never thought he would go. Carl is inspired by the World’s Fair and his curiosity pushes him to learn all that he can about the universe. Wanting to know more about other possible life forms in the universe, Carl sends spaceships carrying information and greetings from Earth. This journey...

Staging An Interactive Mystery Play

Does your school need a solid fundraiser? Would you like your theater students to immerse themselves in all aspects of a production? Does your school have a very limited budget but enthusiastic students and a supportive community? If you answered yes, then this book is for you! This handbook is filled with meticulous lesson plans, sample sheets, and plans for a step-by-step guide...

Speediest! 19 Very Fast Animals

Speediest! 19 Very Fast Animals gives a snapshot of some of the world’s fastest animals. From cheetahs to green basilisk lizards, there are animals all around the world that are different kinds of fast. Each of the fast animals in this book have a description, fun facts, a picture of size relative to a human, and a map of where they live in the world. The book also includes a...

Sparrow

Sparrow does not just have the name of a bird. She has a secret: sometimes, when birds are flying above her, they take her with them. When she was standing on the roof at school, just flying with the birds like usual, everyone thought that she was up there to kill herself. This experience propels her into a new journey—therapy. Once Sparrow returns from the psych ward, she...

Soldier Dog

It is 1917 and the Great War is raging. Thirteen-year-old Stanley is left wondering what his future may hold. His father’s livelihood depends on the purebred dogs he has raised for years, and one night Stanley lets out his most prized. After she delivers a batch of crossbreeds, Stanley and his father become more at odds than ever. Stanley decides to leave home and join the army...

Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole

After Mrs. Clause gives Santa a book of haiku poems, he decides to write some of his own. For every day in December, Santa composes a new haiku. Santa describes different aspects of his life throughout the North pole. These traditional Japanese poems take the reader on a journey with Santa to discover all of the many tasks to be done in the month of December. From playing in the...

Sally Sore Loser: A Story About Winning and Losing

Sally is someone, who like many children, hates losing. Her love of winning eventually drives all of her friends away and leaves her all alone one day. She goes to talk to Mr. Taylor who teaches her the rules of being a good sport. She then has her mother reaffirm these rules. The next day at school she plays games and isn’t a sore loser, even when her team loses. She learns that...

Roar: A Dinosaur Tour

Roar: A Dinosaur Tour is just what it says, a picture book about various dinosaurs and some of their habits. The information is related in a one-line rhyme per page, with the dinosaur named and portrayed in bright colors. The dinosaurs are shown in habitats that are appropriate to the time and location.

Rex

There once lived a terrifying tyrannosaurus that could crush boulders with his bare claws and pull whole trees out of the ground. No other dinosaur dare bother the tyrannosaurus until one night an abandoned little egg hatched. The baby little dinosaur wandered around lost until he ran into the foot of the tyrannosaurus. Little baby Rex followed the big scary tyrannosaurus around...

Ramona Blue

Hurricane Katrina left Ramona’s life in shambles and, twelve years later, she is still trying to put the pieces back together. Her mom moved out and is still emotionally distant. Her dad does everything he can to make ends meet. Her sister is the life of the party, but is slowed down by a surprise pregnancy. Ramona is an openly gay, abnormally tall, blue-haired girl, who thinks...

One Hundred Bones

Scruff is a dog who loves to dig and doesn’t have an owner to tell him not to. His other dog friends judge him for it. One day, he finds a plethora of bones and invites all of his dog friends to help dig. They reluctantly agree. The bones are unlike any they have seen before! They take city transportation all the way to the National History Museum to inform Professor Dinovsky. He...

Not After Everything

Tyler had it all: a football scholarship to Harvard, a great girlfriend, and a star football position. Then the summer before senior year, his mom commits suicide and Tyler is left with nothing. Tyler lives life just going through the motions, avoiding his increasingly abusive father and working constantly to be able to afford food and living necessities that his father refuses...

Norman, Speak!

A young boy’s parents take him to the animal shelter to pick out a pet dog. Norman, a brown-and-white dog with a stumpy tail, joins their family. They take him home and try to teach him to sit, come, and speak. However, Norman does not seem to understand anything they say to him. Deciding that Norman must not be very smart, they love him anyway. One day, while at the park, a man...

Newton’s Rainbow: The Revolutionary Discoveries of a Young Scientist

Newton was born to a poor farm family, but after his step father died, he went off to school where he lived with the Clarks. He built water clocks, mini windmills, and a rudimentary crank powered cart. He was then called back home to help on the farm but was a terrible farmer. His schoolmaster was able to convince his parents to let him go to college. In college, he studied...

Monsterland

Charlie Cooper is grieving for his beloved cousin Billy. On Halloween night, Charlie sees a figure that reminds him of Billy. Charlie follows the figure and is lead along an unfamiliar path deep into a neighboring mountain valley. But when Charlie catches up, he’s shocked to see a hideous vampire. The vampire, known as the Prime Minister, governs a monster sanctuary called...

Monday, Wednesday, and every other Weekend

Henry and his dog, Pomegranate, have two homes. While outwardly Henry seems to enjoy all the new arrangements with delicious flapjacks served warm at Mama's apartment to singing fun music with his Papa, inwardly Henry feels more like Pomegranate, who never seems to feel quite at home. One night, Pomegranate disappears. When Henry goes looking for him, he finds him back at his old...

Merry Christmas, Mary Christmas!

Seven-year-old Mary Christmas really wants to love Christmas. However, try as she might, she instead finds herself exasperated by her family’s overzealous observation of Christmas traditions. A super sized tree, a towering cart full of gifts, and enough lights to suck all the power away from the rest of the houses on the street are a small sampling of the embarrassments young...

Meant to Be

Agatha Abrams has just turned eighteen, which means the Name of her supposed soulmate, Meant-To-Be, or MTB, appears tattooed over her heart. Aggy has always been skeptical of MTBs and is now actively rebelling against the thought of the universe picking out her one true love for her. So she decides to pursue Luke Jacobs, a coworker, to prove that she can have romantic relations...

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring

Paloma’s father died when she was only three years old. Almost ten years later, she’s visiting his homeland, Mexico, for the very first time with her mom. Gathering memories about her father on index cards, she collects whatever information she can to solve the mystery of who he was, but this is not the only mystery Paloma will decode this summer. After meeting twins Gale and...

Marty Pants: Do Not Open!

Marty is an artist and a noticer. He notices things that others don’t. Like that there’s something wrong with their teacher, Mr. McPhee and he’s making it more a more obvious. This week’s spelling words were: annihilate, protagonist, imminent, absurd, feeble, assumption, deprive, terminate, exasperate, industrious, and wisdom. Worse still, the new girl, Analie. keeps catching him...

Marley Dias Gets it Done: And So Can You!

Marley Dias shares her lessons learned in social activism, having created her own platform to put more books featuring black, female protagonists into the hands of students nationwide. This modern, brightly colored motivational book is a vibrant mix between an autobiography, a self-help book, and an advice column. Reading almost as a magazine article, the cute pull-out quotes...