Book Review: Ban This Book

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz 256 pages Published by Starscape & Tor/Forge (Imprint of Macmillan USA) Age range: MG (9 +) Summary: (from Goodreads) –Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero…. Stand up and cheer, book lovers. This one’s for you.- –Kathi Appelt, author of…

Book Review: A Skinful of Shadows (sampler)

A Skinful of Shadows Written by Francis Hardinge 416 pages Published by Macmillian Age range: YA, 12 + Summary: (from Goodreads) Frances Hardinge weaves another darkly extraordinary tale in A Skinful of Shadows, her follow up to the Costa Award-winning novel The Lie Tree ‘Hardinge is an unusual talent who deserves to be read by…

Book Review: In 27 Days

In 27 Days By Alison Gervais Published by Blink 352 pages Age range: YA, approximately 11 up. Notes for parents/ educators: Discusses suicide and depression.   Summary: (from Goodreads) Hadley Jamison is shocked when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, has committed suicide. She didn’t know the quiet, reserved guy very well, but that…

Book Review: Violet

Violet Written by Tania Duprey Stehlik Illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic Published by Second Story Press 32 pages Age range: KS1+ / 5+ Summary (from Goodreads): Violet is happy that her father has come to pick her up after her first day at a new school. But as she races over to meet him, one…

Book review: On the Spectrum

On the Spectrum Written by Jennifer Gold Published by Second Story Press Age range: 13 + Summary (from Goodreads): Growing up in the shadow of a famous mother, Clara has never felt good about her body. Now, at sixteen, she has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. After a social media disaster, she decides to…

Book review: A Different Pond

A Different Pond Written by Bao Phi Illustrated by Thi Bui 34 pages Published by Picture Window Books Age range: All ages Summary: (from Goodreads) Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son and between cultures, old and new. A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about…

Book Review: Cinderella and the Furry Slippers

Cinderella and the Furry Slippers Written by Davide Cali Illustrated by Raphaelle Barbanegre 32 pages Published by Tundra Books Age range: KS1 or lower KS2 (ages 4-8)   Summary: (from NetGalley) Handsome princes, fancy castles, extravagant balls . . . in this girl-power fractured fairy tale, Cinderella learns that if it looks too good to be…

Book review: The Circus

The Circus By Olivia Levez 304 pages Published by Rock the Boat Age Range: YA, 13 and up For parents/ educators: Be aware this book contains homelessness and the risks a young girl alone on the street might face. Summary: (from Goodreads) Willow has everything: a rich daddy, a pony and a place at a…

Book Review: Argyle Fox

Argyle Fox Written and illustrated by Marie Letourneau 32 pages Published by Tanglewood Press Age range: Any age! Summary: (from Goodreads) Argyle Fox, with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs…

Book review: The Last Tree

The Last Tree Written by Ingrid Chabbert, illustrated by Guridi 36 pages Published by Kids Can Press “It’s so beautiful!” I whispered. “It’s the first one I’ve seen. “ “Do you think it’s the last tree?” Summary: (from Goodreads) A small boy longed to roll and play in the grass like his father had when…

Books for teaching mathematical concepts

I enjoy using books to introduce a new topic in Mathematics or to provide children a fun way to practise or consolidate their skills. Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith is a fun book that looks at all the ways Maths is relevant to our everyday lives. This is an interesting way to…