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Thu, October 31st, 2013
Scary Tales Series by James Preller
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Ooooooh, children’s librarians are going to love having this new scary series to offer their younger readers. It’s not often that you find horror written for the emerging readers. I read the first book in the series, Home Sweet Horror (Feiwel and Friends 2013) and it is a thriller with heart. Take an 8-year-old […]

Wed, May 15th, 2013
Mystery Fans Love Sequels
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  Most mystery fans love sequels.  We fall in love with a character and can’t wait to read along as he or she takes on a new case.  I’m in that camp and I love nothing more than another installment of my favorite sleuth.  So for our continuing celebration of Mystery Month, here are two […]

Fri, March 8th, 2013
I Like to Read Picture Book Series
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy and Lynn:  One of the interesting and exciting developments in the book world has been the recent efforts to publish more quality books for emergent and newly independent readers. There is a real need for these!   So we are excited to tell you about a new series from Holiday House called I Like […]

Wed, January 30th, 2013
Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  “Lulu was famous for animals,” is the opening sentence of the engaging Lulu and the Duck in the Park (Albert Whitman 2012), the first in an irresistible new series for early readers.  Fortunately for Lulu, her mother’s rule is “the more the merrier as long as Lulu cleans up after them.”  Unfortunately for Lulu […]

Mon, January 7th, 2013
Eye on the Wild Series
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Browsing the new book shelf at the public library usually means hauling home a stack of books and with luck finding a gem. In this case I found a new nonfiction series for young elementary school readers about endangered animals. I brought home Brown Bear by Suzi Eszterhas (Frances Lincoln 2012). The cover of a […]

Wed, August 1st, 2012
Catching Up with Clover Twig!
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  Cindy and have spent our school careers focusing on teen literature but with Bookends we acquired the responsibility of covering books from birth to 18!  It has been really fun to delve into the rich world of books for younger readers but every so often I realize just how much catch up I have […]

Mon, January 9th, 2012
In the Bag! by Monica Kulling
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Paper or plastic? We are all familiar with that question, but I wasn’t familiar with the female inventor who gave us the machine to make a paper grocery bag. In The Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up (Tundra 2011) is a delightful picture book biography of a little known inspiring woman. The book opens […]

Sat, January 7th, 2012
Mo Wren, Lost and Found by Tricia Springstubb
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Do you mind if I gush? I’ve fallen in love with the Wren family. I don’t get to read as many children’s books as I do middle school and teen books so I missed What Happened on Fox Street, the prequel to Mo Wren, Lost and Found (Harper/Balzer & Bray 2011). Readers can easily […]

Wed, January 5th, 2011
Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Lynn found this gem of a series, and I am so glad. Good storytelling in early chapter stories is always a treat and Anna Hibiscus (Kane Miller 2010) one sings on many levels. Most stories for this age level are set in the United States so to have an African setting is awesome, especially since the […]

Sat, November 20th, 2010
The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn: Talk about an early holiday gift!  One of my favorite literary characters, Bartimaeus, is back!  Bartimaeus –   snarky, egotistical, irreverent, utterly disrespectful of authority and just as utterly unable to control his smart mouth, king of the footnotes, djinn of the Fourth level – is back.  Hurray!  In The Ring of Solomon (Hyperion […]

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