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Malamander – A Must-Read New Middle-Grade Book

Malamander – A Must-Read New Middle-Grade Book

“If the impossible is possible anywhere, it’ll be possible in Eerie-on-Sea” Welcome to the sleepy beach town of Eerie-on-Sea. It is winter, and everything is different during the winter. You see, legend has it that a monstrous creature called the Malamander prowls the shore of […]

Circus Mirandus is 100% Pure Magic

Circus Mirandus is 100% Pure Magic

Circus Mirandus is 100% pure magic from beginning to end. I finished the book in two days and could not put it down. Cassie Beasley beautifully weaves a story full of magic and heart with a little mystery tied in! I can’t wait to re-read […]

All The Impossible Things- A Must-Read New Middle Grade Novel

All The Impossible Things- A Must-Read New Middle Grade Novel

 

Some books have a way of simultaneously breaking your heart and making it swell. All The Impossible Things was a gut-wrenchingly beautiful story that captured my heart and attention.  I hope that my words can do this book justice because it is just so special! I can’t wait to share it with you!

All The Impossible Things

Ruby “Red” Byrd is a young girl that is trying to find her way while navigating the foster care system. Red has been moved from home to home and is counting down the days until she is reunited with her mother. 397 days. 397 days until Red’s mother is released from prison and they can be a family again. In addition to the turbulence of being moved from place to place, Red has an inner turbulence. Whenever she is angry or scared, the wind begins to blow. Red is struggling to control her power over the wind, the more she pushes it back, the more it tries to come to the surface. The more and more Red’s life spirals out of control, the more control she loses over her wind!

After being removed from another home, Red is finally placed with the Grooves. Jackson and Celine Groove are sunshine on a stormy day. They greet Red with open arms. The Grooves run the Groovy Petting  Zoo and they are just as quirky and loveable as their zany array of animals. Red seems to be settling into her life at the farm and makes friends with a  tree-climbing goat named Billie, a donkey named Fezzik, and Tuck the tortoise! Not to mention sweet Marvin and his family! Just when things seem to be running smoothly, the tornado that is Red’s mother returns. Red has been so eager to have her mother back…but will things be different this time? Will Red finally have the family she has always dreamed of?

My Thoughts

To say that this book blew me away would be an understatement. I was hooked from the first few pages and couldn’t put it down. I was so invested in the story and the characters that I HAD to know what happened. Let’s just say very little laundry got done and my kids may have eaten cereal for dinner…but it was worth it!

Author Lindsay Lackey writes in such an incredible way that it made the characters come alive for me. I felt the emotions right along with them. Anger, fear, sorrow, happiness, disappointment, joy…I felt it all! As someone who has no experience with the foster care system, I was worried that I  might not have a connection to the book. The opposite was true. I felt so connected to the story and to the characters. Lackey tackles several extremely heavy topics in the pages of the book, such as loss and addiction, and she handles them so beautifully and gently but without minimizing their seriousness.

About halfway through the book, I decided I had to get my hands on every other book that Lindsay Lackey has ever written. I fell in love with her writing style. You guys…this was her debut novel! MIND.BLOWN. I hope that this will be the first of many amazing books to come! She is a gifted storyteller and I think this is going to be the first of many beautiful books!

If you are looking for a beautiful story with elements of magic, adventure, heartache, and love, then this is an absolute gem you don’t want to miss. I would like to thank Macmillan for sending me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

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Lindsay Lackey has trained as an opera singer, worked in children’s and teen services at the public library, and for a major publishing house in publicity and marketing. Now, she writes magical novels for middle-grade readers and unabashedly believes in impossible things. Born and raised in Colorado, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their spoiled dog.

Lindsay’s debut middle grade novel, ALL THE IMPOSSIBLE THINGS, released on September 3rd, 2019 from Macmillan’s Roaring Brook Press.

For more information on Lindsay Lackey, you can find her website here.

To order your own copy, click right here.

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The Curse of the Werepenguin Review and Craft!

The Curse of the Werepenguin Review and Craft!

The Curse of the Werepenguin Bolt Wattle is an orphan. He has spent most of his life at Having spent most of his life at the Oak Wilt Home for Unwanted Boys, all Bolt wants is to find his real family. One day Bolt learns […]

Out of this World Books for your Astronomy Unit!

Out of this World Books for your Astronomy Unit!

We are just at the beginning of our astronomy and space unit! The kids have been looking forward to this unit for months! I have spent so much time collecting resources, books, supplies, and organizing activities and I can’t wait to share it all with […]

Llama Destroys the World is a Laugh-Out-Loud Gem

Llama Destroys the World is a Laugh-Out-Loud Gem

You guys…have I got a hysterical book recommendation for you! What was the last laugh-out-loud hysterical book that you’ve read? I can’t remember the last book that had me cracking up as much as this one did. Llama Destroys the World is a brand new release that I KNOW your kids will find irresistible!

Llama Destroys the World

Now, you might be thinking…HOW…how can a llama destroy the world? Well, I will give you a little hint…it *might* involve lots and lots of cake, some extremely tight pants (from the aforementioned cake…don’t judge, we’ve all been there), and an overenthusiastic tango. Chaos and hilarity ensue. Follow Llama day by day to see everything that leads up to the end of the world. Will the world really end? Can it be stopped?

Llama Destroys the World is written by Jonathan Stutzman, author of Tiny T.Rex and The Impossible Hug. Llama Destroys the World is the first book that we have read by Stutzman and I can promise that it won’t be the last. We were laughing out loud at his witty writing and all of the antics that llama gets up to.

Fantastic illustrations are created by Heather Fox. She creates the most loveable yet mischievous Llama. Her ability to create the perfect facial expressions to tie into the story was just brilliant. Such an amazing complement to the story.

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We have fallen in love with Llama…I’m not sure if it is his dancing pants, his love of cake, or the way he “cha-cha’s real smooth” but he is for sure a character we hope to see more of!

And now, for the ultimate compliment…my son said that Llama is as funny as the pigeon. Yep, THAT pigeon. We have been longtime fans of Mo Willems and his Pigeon books, so this is a super duper big heap of praise from my 8-year-old!

 

Llama Destroys the World is published by Henry Holt and Company which is a part of Macmillan Publishing.

To grab your copy of Llama Destroys the World click here!

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Summer: My New Favorite Book to Teach Kindness

Summer: My New Favorite Book to Teach Kindness

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”- Aesop   Friends, have I got a wonderful new book for you. Teachers, homeschool families, parents…this is a book you are going to want to read with your kiddos. Summer, is a new release […]

5 Cherries is a Celebration of Imagination

5 Cherries is a Celebration of Imagination

Children have an amazing gift of imagination. Have you ever listened to your children play and been completely amazed at some of the things they think up? 5 Cherries is a celebration of that imagination!  I was immediately drawn to this book because of the […]

10 Beautiful Children’s Books about Birds

10 Beautiful Children’s Books about Birds

We adore birds. We love learning about them, watching them, feeding them, and reading about them! There are so many amazing books available about birds that would be fantastic additions to your homeschool lessons! I went a little rogue with this booklist and didn’t include any of your standard non-fiction books. Those are absolutely wonderful as well, but for this post, I wanted to focus primarily on picture books! I am so excited to share this list with you because they are such wonderful books that I think you will love!

The Big Book of Birds

I am going to start things off with a book that still hasn’t been released. I know…that is kind of cheating…but I have a good reason. You see, The Big Book of Birds is written and illustrated by the AMAZING Yuval Zommer. You may be familiar with his other books; The Big Book of the Blue, The Big Book of Bugs, and The Big Book of Beasts? If you haven’t seen these books, you must. They are gorgeous and absolutely packed with wonderful information! You need them. For reals. So, I have chosen The Big Book of Birds because I KNOW it will also be amazing…and I have seen sneaks peeks inside…and it’s dreamy! The Big Book of Birds is published by the awesome Thames & Hudson and it is a big beautiful book! I cannot WAIT to get ours…I pre-ordered it so it will arrive on its release day, June 4th, 2019.

**edited to add that I have since received The Big Book of Birds and it is FANTASTIC…even better than I had hoped!

 

Counting Birds – The Idea that Helped Save our Feathered Friends

Next up is Counting Birds – The Idea that Helped Save our Feathered Friends by Heidi Stemple. I recently included Counting Birds in my blog post about the best books for Earth Day. I included it because it is a wonderful book that explains to children the importance of watching and studying birds. It discusses conservation and how just by counting and recording birds, you can help! Counting Birds is beautifully written by Heidi Stemple and the gorgeous illustrations are by Clover Robin. It is full of wonderful non-fiction information about birds as well as introducing kids to ornithologist Frank Chapman. Counting Birds is published by Seagrass Press.

 

Bird Watch

Next up is Bird Watch. Bird Watch is beautifully written and illustrated by Christie Matheson. You will immediately be captivated by the lovely artwork. There are birds to seek and find on each page and also involves an element of counting. Bird Watch will introduce you to many different types of birds and even discusses bird watching. The illustrations would be beautiful jumping off points for creating your own nature journals as well! Bird Watch is published by Greenwillow Books which is an imprint of Harper Collins.

Birds and Their Feathers

Next up is Birds and Their Feathers. It is breathtaking. I have only recently discovered this lovely book and I am so glad that I did. It is absolutely gorgeously illustrated and is packed with information about birds and their feathers. It goes into details about different types of feathers, their functions, and why birds have them. Author/Illustrator Britta Teckentrup has created not only a fact-filled book but also one that you can’t take your eyes off of. This one is wonderful for both children and their parents! Birds and Their Feathers is published by Prestel Junior.

 

The Egg

I am including The Egg closely behind Birds and Their Feathers because it is also written and illustrated by the amazing Britta Teckentrup. You will be blown away by all of the gorgeous illustrations of birds and their corresponding eggs. I do have to mention that The Egg is not only a book of birds eggs, you will also learn about different egg-producing creatures such as sea turtles and insects. This is another one that will be well loved by both adults and children. The Egg is also published by Prestel.

 

Feathers: Not Just For Flying

Feathers: Not Just For Flying is a book I have had for quite a while. I purchased this one back when we first began to learn about birds. This is another absolutely beautiful book that is also packed with information. Throughout the book, you will learn all about the function and importance of feathers. I have to tell you, I didn’t realize how much I DIDN’T know about feathers! This is the PERFECT addition to a nature study because you will not only get the elements of a non-fiction book but you will get it presented in an almost nature journal fashion with collections of lovely illustrations.  My kids and I used this book as inspiration for our nature journals and painted and labeled the parts of the feather. Feathers: Not Just For Flying is written by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen, and published by Charlesbridge.

Sounds of Nature: World Of Birds

Oh my goodness, is this a gorgeous book. Now, I am not usually drawn to books that make noise. I think it goes back to my kids younger years where they had Dora the Explorer and Elmo books didn’t.ever.stop.talking. Anyway, never you fear, this is nothing like that. World of Birds is by Robert Hunter and it is a must-have. What I love about this book is that it explores 10 different habitats of birds. In each habitat, you have a chance to learn about the different birds…and HEAR them. The sounds make you feel like you are right there. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous as well. This is another amazing book published by Wide Eyed Editions!

 

A Nest is Noisy

Next up is a Nest is Noisy is written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long. This is an incredibly illustrated book with very beautiful poetic words. Not only is it beautifully written, but the amount of information you are able to learn about nests is incredible! It is so detailed in both wording and illustrations that you come away with so much knowledge! As with The Egg, A Nest is Noisy will look at the nests of animals other than birds, but a great deal of information is shared about birds and their nests. A Nest is Noisy is published by Chronicle.

An Egg is Quiet

An Egg is Quiet is another lovely book written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long. This book is gorgeous from endpaper to endpaper! SO many amazing types of eggs are introduced. Over 60 kinds of eggs! Kids will absolutely LOVE the illustrations and beautiful poetic words. In addition to bird eggs, you will also read about dinosaur eggs, ladybug eggs, and so much more. Absolutely wonderful. An Egg is Quiet is also published by Chronicle.

The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon

The last book I have chosen is called The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon. I chose this book because not only is it lovely, but because John Audubon was such a pioneer in the study of birds! He also created some absolutely gorgeous paintings of birds. This book is so inspirational and will encourage children to want to watch and study the birds themselves. The Boy Who Drew Birds is written by Jacqueline Davies, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and published by HMH Books for Young Readers.

 

I hope that you have found some new books to add to your lists! Whether you are planning a unit on birds or just enjoy sharing beautiful books with your kiddos, I think these are some that you will love!

 

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Get Lost in a Book This Summer! 3 Great Reads for the Adventure Lover!

Get Lost in a Book This Summer! 3 Great Reads for the Adventure Lover!

Summer is the perfect time to get out and take some family adventures! Trips to the beach, hikes in the mountains, camping trips…whatever your idea of adventure is, summer is a great time to get out and explore! Summer is also one of my favorite […]