Middle School Reading, Open Books, Uncategorized

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant is a winner of the Newbery Medal.  This book tenderly takes you through the stages of grief of a young elementary aged child, intended for readers of middle school ages. What I disliked: The ending.  I didn't get it.  It just ended. We used this as part of our fifth… Continue reading Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

Elementary Books, Open Books, PreK Books, Uncategorized

Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berentain is A Bright & Early Book intended for Beginning Readers. What I disliked: While there was only a word or two on each page, the words were difficult for my kindergartener - not easily sounded out (outside, going, etc.).  Then by the time my kindergartener made… Continue reading Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Becky's Favorite Books, Elementary Books, Open Books, PreK Books, Uncategorized

Pinkalicious Eggstraordinary Easter by Victoria Kann

Eggstraordinary Easter is part of Victoria Kann's Pinkalicious series, a series of elementary books my daughter and I have loved reading.  It indicates ages 4-8, but I would read it aloud to that age group.  My daughter could read it independently closer to third grade without getting bored or frustrated, but by then she was… Continue reading Pinkalicious Eggstraordinary Easter by Victoria Kann

Health and Fitness, Life, Uncategorized

Lifetime Worst or Personal Best?

Well, my glorious blogger people, I hit two personal records in the same week.  Setting any humility that I may have aside, I will attempt to brag here a bit. Personal Record #1: I improved my personal best mile average with 2+ miles on the treadmill.  Now, I don't mean to brag, but I started… Continue reading Lifetime Worst or Personal Best?

Toddler Books, Uncategorized

Hop! by Phyllis Root

Hop! by Phyllis Root and illustrated by Holly Meade is a quick to read board book intended for toddlers.  Ours was well loved if the cracker crumbs smashed inside are any indication lol. What I disliked: No criticism from me. What I liked: This is a quality board book in its construction, quick 2-5 word… Continue reading Hop! by Phyllis Root

Becky's Book Pile, Pursuit of Happiness, Uncategorized

Aaron’s Patience by Tiffany Patterson

Aaron's Patience by Tiffany Patterson is an intense love story, I think. What I disliked:  I really hated how overbearing the male lead was.  He was possessive, demanding, and unrelenting.  Therefore, I hated how weak the female lead was.  I liked her in the beginning, but I liked her less as the book went on. … Continue reading Aaron’s Patience by Tiffany Patterson

Becky's Book Pile, Open Books, Uncategorized

Listen to Me by Kristen Proby, Fusion Series

Listen to Me by Kristen Proby (part of the Fusion series) is  fun love story that focuses around the creation of a trendy new restaurant that catches the attention of a hot rock star, leading to a potential HEA. What I disliked: Sometimes it seemed there were too many characters, five friends, all with different… Continue reading Listen to Me by Kristen Proby, Fusion Series

Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

Snakey Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg

Snakey Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg with pictures by Simms Taback is a cute riddle book that will squeak out at least one laugh from its readers, but many more if you are familiar with the reptile world. What I disliked: Snakes.  Ish.  No thanks. What I liked: It is funny, but more… Continue reading Snakey Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg

Open Books, PreK Books, Uncategorized

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie DePaola

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie DePaola is a precious little story connecting a knight and a dragon.  Tomie DePaola writes and does the pictures himself, so they align closely and often times tell the story without even needing the words, making it perfect for preschoolers to start early reading skills - turn pages left… Continue reading The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie DePaola

Open Books, Toddler Books, Uncategorized

Teddy’s Busy Night

Teddy's Busy Night illustrated by Amy Flynn is A Wee; Pudgy Board Book perfect for littles. What I disliked: Perfect for toddlers, no critique. What I liked: I loved that it is small and durable.  Ours is pretty well used, and a bit sticky, indicating I let the toddler of the moment carry it around… Continue reading Teddy’s Busy Night