Children's Book and Media Review

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List of Papers (Total 2,886)

Guts & Glory: The Vikings

Guts & Glory: The Vikings is Thompson’s second book in his series of fun and compelling history books. Thompson takes you through the rich history of the Vikings, from their discovery of North America five centuries before Columbus to the founding of Russia. The book starts by painting a picture of a typical Viking pillage off the coast of England, and the reader is exposed right...

Sports Illustrated Kids: Women Athletes Who Rule!

More than 150 color photos showcase some of the most determined and successful women athletes in the world. Swimmers, tennis players, gymnasts, and many more athletes have been an inspiration to many as they fought to be the best and never stepped down from a challenge. Readers will learn interesting tidbits about their favorite athletes such as facts about their lives, world...

Wesley James Ruined My Life

Quinn's summer is not going so well—her grandmother is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, her dad's gambling addiction is only getting worse, and the boy who ruined her life, Wesley James, is back in town. When Wesley is hired on at the same restaurant as her and joins the school band, it becomes more and more difficult for Quinn to exact the revenge she seeks as she sees Wesley's true...

On the Free

Santi, Victor, and Amelia—the only survivors left of the Bear Canyon Wilderness Therapy Program—are stranded in the Colorado wilderness after a destructive mudslide destroys their camp in the middle of the night and sweeps away the other members of their group. Santi and Amelia want to go back down the mountain, but Victor has other motives and wants to continue moving forward...

Ghost Boys

Jerome, a twelve-year-old black child, is bullied at school, loved at home, and is a good kid. He makes his very first friend and is shot in the back by a white policeman on the very same day. Jerome lives in the slums and his family is close-knit and struggling to scrape up a living. The story alternates between his last day alive and his new experiences and feelings now that he...

Paper Chains

Katie is new to Boston and quickly makes friends with spunky Ana. Both girls are trying to understand their place in the world and whether or not they can trust each other with their deepest secrets. Katie was adopted and has had multiple surgeries as well as a heart transplant. This has left her vulnerable, and her overprotective mother is always worried about her. Ana is trying...

Things We Know By Heart

Quinn's boyfriend Trent died at the end of their junior year, and her world has never been the same since. For healing, she starts reaching out to the people who received Trent's organs after he died. The one person she hasn't ever gotten a reply from is the boy who got Trent's heart. She tells herself she won't go see him, but curiosity and the need for closure get the better of...

Tractor Mac Colors on the Farm

A short board book for toddlers to learn the primary colors by seeing things on a farm that are red, green, yellow, orange, pink, and brown. There are also objects pictured in the various colors that can help really early readers to learn the object names and not just their color. Join Farmer Mac for a colorful visit to the farm with a little one in tow.

A Sky Full of Stars

Set against the backdrop of a small rural town in Mississippi during the 1950s, Rose tries to understand and find strength in the tumultuous era of the Jim Crow Laws. Rose is African American and lives with her family of sharecroppers. With her best friend Hallelujah, Rose attempts to understand what it means to be brave and to stand up for what you believe in. As racial tensions...

What are Race and Racism?

What are Race and Racism? is a perfect introduction to historical and modern racial oppression for the young reader. This thin chapter book begins by citing a modern issue of racism, looking back on the history of racism and describing its evolution over time, and then revisiting modern problems and solutions. The sensible flow of the book provides a great overview for those who...

The Lost Art of Ladyhood

In this book, there are twelve chapters, each covering one of twelve skills: confidence, leadership, gratitude, self-defense, social and dining etiquette, service, health, motherhood, positive mental attitude, personal power, self-respect, and goal setting. Each chapter includes several “tales of adventure

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The Hate U Give

This powerful novel follows a brave sixteen-year-old girl named Starr as she’s confronted with contemporary racism. Having witnessed the murder of her friend in an act of police brutality, she finds herself in a position to use her words as weapons, but what if she doesn’t want to fight? A current text accurately detailing important messages from the Black Lives Matter movement...

The Nocturnals: The Slithery Shakedown

This particular installment in The Nocturnals series is suited for children in grades one and two. Bismark, the fearless leader, is ready to embark on another exciting adventure. But Bismark finds out he is more of a fearful leader when he and his friends have an unwelcome encounter with a sly, slithery snake. The snake wants to make a snack out of Bismark, the small sugar glider...

Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin

Martin Luther King Jr. is dead and no one can find his killer. Surprisingly, James Earl Ray eludes police and the FBI for almost two months before his capture. How does Ray do it? He is an experienced convict who only knows a life of crime, but he makes some costly mistakes that eventually lead to his arrest. No one knows for sure why Ray chose to kill King, but many chilling...

Relaxations: Big Tools for Little Warriors

Written for parents and teachers to read to their children and help them practice meditation techniques. Relaxations invites young listeners to use their mind as a blank screen and imagine different scenarios to help them relax. Exercises include imagining a piece of spaghetti becoming limp, a soothing day at the beach, and a light spreading within the body until readers become a...

The End of the Wild

Fern is only in sixth grade, but she already grows gray hair. That makes sense, in a way, because she has a lot to worry about. Her mother and baby brother died in a car accident two years ago, so Fern takes care of her two little brothers and stepfather. Armed with her mother’s cookbook and all the ingredients she can find in the forest near her house, she works to put food on...

I Wish You More

This tender book is a beautiful read-aloud to share with a loved one. The narrator of the book lists a series of wishes for the unidentified subject, each accompanied by a charming and quirky illustration that perfectly matches the text. On the page reading, “I wish you more tippy-toes than deep,” for example, a bright spread of spiked swimming pool “waves” spans the whole of the...

Wolf

He is now called Jack, after having other names, adventures, and roles in the book Sheep. Four years later, Jack is back doing what a Border Collie was born to do. Jack and his human Luke have found a good home on the sheep ranch with people who care about them. Jack senses an unfamiliar odor on the farm, and then two of his flock are killed on his watch. The Wolf has come to...

Orphan Island

Nine orphans live together on a magical island and every year, a small child skims across the sea to trade places with the oldest child and is mentored by the oldest child left. Blue-eyed Jinny struggles with wide-eyed Ess, but ultimately rebels from the law passed down by oral tradition that the Elder must leave upon arrival of a new child. Little by little, the magic of the...

The Journey

The Journey is the moving tale of a refugee family fleeing their home, as told by a child. When war intensifies in the family’s homeland, they travel for many days on foot and by car to reach the border. As a boat takes the family across dark waters, the family has hope for a brighter life in their new home.

Miracle

A young girl's life is changed forever after she becomes the lone survivor of a devastating plane crash. She is marked by sadness, guilt, and a sense of nothingness. To Meggie, nothing matters anymore, not even Jess and Lissa, who used to be her very best friends. She leaves school early as often as she stays. She desperately tries to avoid the soccer coach for whom she once...

Autofocus

Maude had tried before to find out information about her birth mother, Claire, but this time she would be traveling to the actual town where Claire had gone to college. Not only would Maude be able to complete her High School photography project about her family tree, she would stay with her best friend Treena in her dorm and experience what college life at Florida State is...

Forgotten Bones: Uncovering a Slave Cemetery

A worker was watching a backhoe dig a trench for a new sewer line when a human skull rolled out of the bucket and hit his shoe. As soon as the coroner determined that the skull was very old and that it wasn’t a part of a crime scene, bioarchaeologists were called in. This was the beginning of the third slave cemetery excavation in the Northern United States. Scientists carefully...

If Kids Ran the World

If Kids Ran the World highlights how the world would be a better place if children were in charge. There would be plenty to eat, safe places to live, and medicine for all the sick. Everyone would be welcome and people could be themselves without fear of bullying or being looked down on. People would learn how to work together, to share, to forgive, and the world would live in peace.