Showing posts from January, 2024

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: I'm Trying to Love Germs by Bethany Barton

  I'M TRYING TO LOVE GERMS written & illustrated by Bethany Barton Viking, 2023 ISBN: 978-0-593-32672-5 Source: publisher for review (THANKS!) Ages 6-10 Picture book nonfiction All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by publisher through ABOUT THE BOOK Children's Choice Award winner Bethany Barton dives into the microscopic world of germs with fascinating information and tons of humor! This book is covered in germs! But to be fair, so are we. Did you know that there are more viruses and bacteria on Earth than there are stars in the known universe? Learn all about the microbes in and on our bodies that help us survive, the ones that don't, and everything in between. Written in Bethany Barton's trademark balance of informative and hilarious, I'm Trying to Love Germs is a perfect entry point to viruses, the pandemic, and the importance of washing our hands. REVIEW As in the other books in the I'm Trying to Lo

#READYOURWORLD: Hear Me by Kerry O'Malley Cerra

  HEAR ME by Kerry O'Malley Cerra Carolrhoda Books, 2022 ISBN: 978-1-7284-2074-5 Source: author for review Ages 9-12 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by publisher through ABOUT THE BOOK A year after being diagnosed with hearing loss, twelve-year-old Rayne is doing her best to live a “normal” life and act like nothing has changed. But her hearing keeps failing her. Even with hearing aids, she has trouble following conversations and hanging out with her friends the way she used to. Her grades are slipping, surfing is now a wipeout, and she can’t understand the lyrics of her favorite singer’s new songs. Rayne’s parents are pushing for her to get cochlear implants, which could restore her hearing―though she would hear sounds differently than she did before her hearing loss. Rayne isn't convinced the surgery for CIs is worth the risks and challenges. In fact, she's terrified of it. She begs her parents to consider other o


Multicultural Children’s Book Day  2024 (1/25/25) is in its 11 th  year! Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen founded this non-profit children’s literacy initiative; they are two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural diverse books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators. Read Your World’s mission is to raise awareness of the need to include kids’ books celebrating diversity in homes and school bookshelves. Read about our Mission and history  HERE. Read Your World celebrates Multicultural Children’s Book Day and is honored to be Supported by these Medallion and Ruby Sponsors! FOUNDER’S CIRCLE :  Mia Wenjen ( Pragmaticmom ) and Valarie Budayr ( ) 🏅  Super Platinum Sponsor:  Author Deedee Cummings and Make A Way Media 🏅  Platinum Sponsors :  Publisher Spotlight ,  Language Lizard Bilingual Books in 50+ Languages ,  Lerner Publishing Group 🏅  Gold Sponsors:

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Climbing the Volcano by Curtis Manley & Jennifer K. Mann

  CLIMBING THE VOLCANO A Journey in Haiku written by Curtis Manley, pictures by Jennifer K. Mann Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, 2024 ISBN: 978-0-8234-5166-1 Source: purchased All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by publisher through ABOUT THE BOOK Through haiku, a young boy narrates his family’s invigorating hike to the peak of Oregon’s South Sister volcano. For centuries, haiku has offered meditation on the grace and majesty of nature. In Climbing the Volcano, old meets new as a young protagonist uses the poetic form to voice his wonder. Trekking uphill, the family encounters tiny toads, colorful butterflies, soaring birds of prey, and so much more to see, do, and feel, dormant volcano—but at sunrise each day it blazes. Climbing the Volcano is a call to adventure in the natural world, and a wonderful introduction to poetic forms. Young readers will be inspired to summit their own peaks and to find their own voices to share what t

CHAPTER BOOK: Mercy Watson Is Missing! by Kate DiCamillo & Chris Van Duden

MERCY WATSON IS MISSING! Tales of Deckawoo Drive #7 written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Duden Candlewick Press, 2023 ISBN: 978-1-5362-1023-1 Source: publisher for review (Thanks!) Ages 6-10 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by publisher through ABOUT THE BOOK Every favorite character from Kate DiCamillo’s New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson books makes an appearance in this extended, riotously funny series crescendo. When Mercy Watson the pig goes missing, all of Deckawoo Drive is in an uproar. The Watsons are inconsolable, and the local police, fire, and animal control departments are no help whatsoever. Bossy neighbor Eugenia Lincoln is not quite as sad as she might be, but thankfully her sister, Baby Lincoln, has the idea to hire a private investigator. Granted, Percival Smidgely, PI, may be more bumbler than gumshoe, but his pigeon, Polly, is there to point the way. Meanwhile, Frank and Stella Endicott an

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: The Bone Wars by Jane Kurtz & Alexander Vidal

  THE BONE WARS: The True Story of an Epic Battle to Find Dinosaur Fossils written by Jane Kurtz, illustrated by Alexander Vidal Beach Lane Books, 2023 ISBN: 978-1-5344-9364-9364-3 Source: Blue Slip Media/publisher Ages 6-10 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & illustrations provided by Blue Slip Media. Book summary provided by publisher through ABOUT THE BOOK Discover the true story of the race between two paleontologists to find the best dinosaur fossils in this fascinating, fast-paced nonfiction picture book. Who will win the Bone Wars? Did you know that many of the dinosaur skeletons you see in museums are rooted in a scientific battle between two paleontologists? O. C. Marsh and Edward Cope met in 1863 and bonded over their shared love of fossils, becoming the best of friends…until the day Marsh discovered an error in Cope’s work, and the Bone Wars began! Marsh and Cope stopped collaborating and started competing, excavating fossils as fast as