It seems the time is ripe to remind girls how worthy and strong they are. These new books are about women who made history and fictional girls with impressive stories.
"100 Women Who Made History" by DK; DK Children; 128 pages; $16.99.
Many people don't know that March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, this big organized tome features ...Read more
These books will help children keep what they've learned fresh for the next few months.
"Ann and Nan are Anagrams: A Mixed-Up Word Dilemma" by Mark Shulman and Adam McCauley; Chronicle Books; 36 pages; $16.99.
An anagram is a fun way to mix up the letters of a word, resulting in a completely different meaning. "Words" becomes "sword"; "...Read more
Stories about relationships between dogs and humans have always been popular. These books tell the comforting, adventurous and even life-saving stories of our loyal, loving four-footed friends.
"The Poet's Dog" by Patricia MacLachlan; HarperCollins; 88 pages; $14.99.
The prolific Patricia MacLachlan has penned a heart-tugger, a thoughtful ...Read more
Story compilations make smart gifts. If a reader enjoys one book from an author, chances are he or she will enjoy another. These collections contain several books, or book excerpts and accessories, in one volume.
"Wonderful, Wicked, and Whizzpopping" from Roald Dahl; illustrated by Quentin Blake; Penguin/Random House; 60 pages; $24.99.
"Hidden Figures: Young Readers' Edition" by Margot Lee Shetterly; HarperCollins; 231 pages; $16.99.
The feature film "Hidden Figures" is doing well in box offices, and people are interested in the fascinating story of a group of female mathematicians who helped send the United States into space for the first time. In the 1940s and '50s, these...Read more
These are some of my picks for the most outstanding picture books of 2016. These are simply cool and have remarkable artwork and quirky, unique stories.
"Grandad's Island" by Benji Davies: Candlewick Press; 32 pages; $16.99.
Benji Davies has lent his talented hand to many a fine picture book. In this beautiful, comforting tale festooned with...Read more
Start the new year off happily with these lighthearted books for kids.
"The Happiest Book Ever!" by Bob Shea; Disney/Hyperion; 32 pages; $16.99.
A happy book should have a sunny yellow cover and a striped giraffe holding ice cream cones. Bob Shea's "The Happiest Book Ever!" starts with a frowny frog and a carrot cake that become happier by ...Read more
Some picture books are literally just that -- stories told entirely with pictures. These new books are so powerful that words aren't even needed. Children's creative processes grow when they call on their own imaginations to concoct a story's text through an art-filled backdrop.
"The Whale" by Ethan Murrow and Vita Murrow; Templar Books/...Read more
SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan RuthSteve Snyder
An Amazon #1 Best Seller and winner of 20 national book awards, SHOT DOWN is set within the framework of World War II in Europe and recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane, piloted by the author's father, was knocked out of the sky by ...
The best gifts for kids, hands down, are books and other reading materials. This is especially true now -- as reading levels are plummeting, kids need to get off their electronic devices and read absorbing tales. When choosing literary gifts to buy this season, consider giving a kids magazine subscription for Cricket Media, for this holiday ...Read more
Tis the season to lighten up and smile. These new wintry holiday season picture books are full of whimsy, humor and cool artwork.
"Walking in a Winter Wonderland" as sung by Peggy Lee; illustrated by Tim Hopgood; Henry Holt; 32 pages; $17.99.
Artist Tim Hopgood loves creating wonder-filled picture books, including his happy "What a Wonderful...Read more
Winter snow begins soon in many parts of the country. These frosty new picture books will excite young readers with stories involving cooler temperatures, especially considering the proximity of the December holidays.
"Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter" by Sam McBratney; illustrated by Anita Jeram; Candlewick Press; 12 pages; $18.99.