Favorite Board Books

While there are some obvious classic board books that seem to always be on the list of suggestions, there is a whole world of board books beyond Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. As much as my kids love those books, I appreciate some variety in our reading rotation, and these are some of our (yes, our) favorite board books:

Favorite Board Books - Barnyard DanceBarnyard Dance!Favorite Board Books - Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton.

We are huge Sandra Boynton fans in our family. Almost all of her books have catapulted themselves into our “favorite books” bin and they get read over and over and over. Barnyard Dance! is probably my very favorite. The pictures are fun (as her illustrations always are), and the rhymes are gloriously fun. With both of my children, this was one of their early early favorites; they loved the rhythm, they loved clapping their hands to the story (and stomping their feet), and they loved me helping them to “leap like a frog!” There was much sadness from my son when he got to be too big for me to bounce him up into the air on that line.

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Book Review: Food, Faith & Fun

Book Review of Juvenile Nonfiction Book Food, Faith & Fun: A Faithgirlz Cookbook.Food, Faith & Fun: A Faithgirlz! Cookbook

A bright and appealing cookbook aimed at tweens or young teens. The spiral binding makes it easy to refer to the recipes, and every recipe includes a gorgeous photo. Some of the recipes are more of the “assemble” variety instead of actually cooking or baking, but for the target audience I don’t think that’s a problem.

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Book Review: The Blue Door

Children's Book Review of The Blue Door by Christa KindeThe Blue Door (Threshold Series)Children's Book Review of The Blue Door by Christa Kinde by Christa Kinde

I love fantasy tales, and I read lots of children’s and young adult books, so the first book in a new series by Christa Kinde sounded like a perfect fit for my tastes. Unfortunately, the book itself didn’t live up to my hopes.

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May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

May B by Caroline Starr RoseMay B.May B. by Caroline Starr Rose. Childrens' book review by The Deliberate Reader by Caroline Starr Rose

Beautifully written in verse, May B. tells the story of a young girl sent to help out on the neighbor’s homestead. “Just until Christmas” she is promised by her father, and she knows that they need the money she’ll be paid.

Long before Christmas May B. is abandoned and left to fend for herself on the isolated homestead, and she struggles to survive.

Her current struggles echo her memories of trying to read at school under a new teacher.

I didn’t expect to love the book as much as I did, but May B. is an engaging heroine and long after I finished the book I’ve thought about her and hoped for a sequel, to learn what happens to her.

This is a very quick read, and if you enjoy children’s historical fiction at all I think it’s worth trying.

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Publisher’s Description:
May is helping out on a neighbor’s Kansas prairie homestead—just until Christmas, says Pa. She wants to contribute, but it’s hard to be separated from her family by 15 long, unfamiliar miles. Then the unthinkable happens: May is abandoned. Trapped in a tiny snow-covered sod house, isolated from family and neighbors, May must prepare for the oncoming winter. While fighting to survive, May’s memories of her struggles with reading at school come back to haunt her. But she’s determined to find her way home again. Caroline Starr Rose’s fast-paced novel, written in beautiful and riveting verse, gives readers a strong new heroine to love.

Book Details

Title: May B.
Author: Caroline Starr Rose
Category: Fiction / Children’s / Historical fiction
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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