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Books for the Bullied…and the Bully

Over the years of working in bookstores, I've seen some great books on bullying for the very young and teens. These are difficult to search for age groups.  Click on the books below, to purchase. Many of these are good for family members who feel...

Watch Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase!

Oh, copyright laws. Sometimes you make me so happy. These 1930's Nancy Drew movies starring Bonita Granville are now available to the public so I don't have to worry about getting sued. You'll like this if you're as big a girl detective fan as I am....

The Creepiest Children’s Book in America

Before Michael Berenstain turned his parent's legacy, The Berenstain Bears, into books for Christian children only, he was actually a very cool guy. In the 1980's, his illustrations were far beyond anything his parents had done and no book he wrote was scarier than The...

10 Quotes for Adults…From Children’s Books

Sometimes we forget to take joy in the little things and keep life simple. From Tuck Everlasting to Judy Blume, here are some memes with quotes from Young Reader books that will make your day a little brighter.                 . .       ...

Why Parents Should Still Embrace The Baby-Sitters Club

Get ready to feel old. Ann M. Martin announced this week, that it is the 30th anniversary of The Baby-Sitters Club. Yikes. I've written before that I was more of a Sleepover Friends fan than a Baby-Sitters Club fan but in no way should that diminish...

10 Children’s Books About Racial Tolerance

Let's face it, we live in a time where we have to explain racial intolerance to children, at a very young age. There is no better partner than one of these wonderful books. They are appropriate for kids as young as four, with the exception...

Hey, Schools. Give The Virginian a Chance

A few years ago, at Barnes & Noble, a bunch of high school kids started coming in to buy Lonesome Dove as recommended reading for school. As I handed them the five pound, 900 page novel, they gasped and I sympathized. Their situation was worse...

10 Great Books for Young Readers with Unique Needs

From dealing with disability to growing up in the foster system, these books are more about being a kid while having to live with a difficult situation in life. They're so entertaining you parents might want to pick them up some time. Sadly, some of these are...

In Search of a Black Nancy Drew

Call it, Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Lack of Minorities in Young Reader Books. Last week, publisher Simon & Schuster announced that they were going to publish children's books featuring Muslim characters and stories under the imprint, Salaam Reads. I'm all for diversifying books for...

Sleepover Friends Forever

So, I have Asperger's Syndrome and with this strange way of looking at life (I'm under the opinion that we see life too clearly) comes obsessions. For me, as a child, one of these obsessions was with a series called, The Sleepover Friends. Yes, the...

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