Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book Display Ideas: April

Spring is here! Flowers are starting to pop out. Rain is upon us. Soon the grass will green up and leaves will appear. Here are a few book display suggestions for the month.

Check out last year's post for more topical ideas.

Other Dates:
Week 2: Garden Week

Book Display Idea: Books with Flowers on the cover

Movie Dates:
April 7th: Going In Style
Book Display Idea: Heist Books

Book Display Idea: Books with Cars on the cover

Book Display Idea: Survival Books

Friday, March 24, 2017

Nasty Women's Middle Grade Books

This is by no means an extensive list, only a list of books that have stuck with me and recent reads. But if you're looking for feminist middle grade books (and who isn't?) this list is a good jumping off point.
You might also like my feminist picture books post and my Fierce Female YA books post. 

The Great Shelby Holmes (The Great Shelby Holmes, #1)Partners in Crime (Sleuth or Dare, #1)The Football Girl
Kat, Incorrigible (Kat, Incorrigible, #1)Fairest of All (Whatever After, #1)Wonder Woman at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls)
The Red PencilCapture the Flag (Silver Jaguar Society Mysteries #1)Shadows of Sherwood (Robyn Hoodlum, #1)Moving Target
Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #1)The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes, #1)Keeper of the Lost Cities (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #1)Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower, #1)
The Case of the Missing Moonstone (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, #1)The Detective's AssistantThe Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective, #1)The Wig in the Window (Young and Yang, #1)
Princeless #1Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten HolyTarget Practice (Cleopatra in Space, #1)Goldie Vance Vol. 1

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mini Review: Dawn Study

Despite everything, Yelena and Valek have created their own family with all their friends but before they can ride off into the sunset, they must do what they can to stop their countries from going to war.
The Good:
The characters
The danger
The action
The magic
The banter between characters
The friendship/family
The Plot twists
The Romance

The Bad:
The series is over!

Final Thoughts: I have loved this series since I devoured Poison Study. I'm sad that it's over, but what a fantastic series. It never disappointed me. I can't wait to see what Maria V. Snyder comes up with next!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Picture Book Review: A Hat for Mrs. Goldman

Sophie thinks knitting is hard, so she helps her neighbor by making pom-pom for her hats. Mrs. Goldman gives her hats to everyone in need, but she doesn't have a hat of her own. Sophie works hard to change this.
This book gave me ALL THE FEELS - so heartwarming and sweet. I love Sophie's creative side and how she creates a hat for her neighbor. I love that this book focused on knitting - not something you see a lot in children's books. I also loved the dinosaur sweater for the dog. A wonderful story with great illustrations to share all perfect for all library collections.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Recently Devoured Books

This week's topic is recently devoured books (Read in one sitting). It's rare that I read a book in one sitting, just because of timing. But here are a few recent books that I didn't want to put down.
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 

Read in one sitting:
Girl Rising by Tanya Lee StoneSnow White by Matt PhelanSugar and Spice by Sarah MlynowskiTaylor Swift by Tyler ConroyMarch by John             Lewis

Didn't want to put down:
Life in Motion by Misty CopelandFour Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia QuinnEliza and Her Monsters by Francesca ZappiaThe Other F-Word by Natasha FriendWindfall by Jennifer E. Smith

What book have you read recently that you didn't want to put down?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Romance Review: Four Weddings and a Sixpence

Four best friends from Madame Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls find a sixpence in their mattress. They determined that it will be their lucky sixpence and help them find a special suitor.
Anna needs to marry in a hurry in order to save her inheritance. She's running out of time and love doesn't seem to be in the cards for her.

Cordelia invented a fiance to keep her aunt from throwing her into the path of men. Now that she's invited to a wedding, she must show up with the man, but first she'll have to convince him of the scheme.

When it's Elinor's turn for the sixpence, it's stolen from her. The man who took it isn't going to give it up - unless it's for a price.

Beatrice doesn't believe in the luck of the sixpence, but she's promised her friends to give it a try. Could the rude man in the shop be someone of interest? 
My Thoughts: I picked this one up because I adore Julia Quinn and I was so happy I did. I really enjoyed these girls and their stories. I would have liked more interaction between the friends. I loved seeing them meet their romantic interests. I liked that they were spirited. I loved Beatrice for her love of astronomy. An entertaining read!

Cover Thoughts: Not my favorite, but I can see it's appeal
Source: My Library

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Summer Reading: Build a Better World (7)

I know it's March, but summer will be here before you know. Deadlines are looming for performers and/or community magazines. I've started pulling together ideas on Pinterest. I'm planning to concentrate on building activities and STEAM programs. But Pinterest as so many great ideas that it's hard to choose. So I'm sharing my Pinterest finds. I hope you find them useful.
Here is a look at some more kid friendly programs.  
Drawing a cartoon castle:
Draw a Castle 
How to build a cardboard car.Perfect for our "Drive-In Movie" Night!:
Create a Box Car
Lego printing - looks like it would be great for printing houses and other buildings! - printmaking architecture line shape:
Art with Legos

What a fun little reading cave!:
Create a Reading Cave
How to Build a Bridge-craft & Science:
Bridge Challenge