Archives for October 14, 2016

Our Favorite Books for Kids this Week!

These are our top two Books for Middle School Readers!


THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM by Kathleen Burkinshaw (8/2/16, middle grade): Yuriko is used to the sirens and air raid drills, but things start to feel more real when the neighbors who have left to fight stop coming home. When the atomic bomb hits Hiroshima, it’s through Yuriko’s eyes that we witness the devastation and horror. Just in time for the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima in WWII, this novel is based on the author’s mother’s own experience surviving the bombing as a young child in Japan. A great tool for reaching children about war and its effects.

This is an interesting read and one of my top choices for reading time when we homeschool. 

You can purchase : Amazon, B&N, IndieBound.


A BLIND GUIDE TO STINKVILLE by Beth Vrabel (8/9/16, middle grade, for the first time in paperback): Before Stinkville, Alice didn’t think albinism—or the blindness that goes with it—was a big deal. But life has always been like this for Alice. Until Stinkville. For the first time in her life, Alice feels different—like she’s at a disadvantage. This is a stirring small-town story that explores many different issues—albinism, blindness, depression, dyslexia, growing old, and more—with a light touch and lots of heart. A moving story of community, friendship, and not letting others tell you what you can and cannot do. Look out for the sequel/companion novel, A BLIND GUIDE TO NORMAL this October!

I love how this one addresses so many different issues! 

You can purchase:  Amazon, B&N, IndieBound.


Do you have a ‘Tween that doesn’t think books are very cool? Maybe you don’t. But, when my son hit 12-years-old, he decided that  he won’t read very many books so finding books that he likes to read has been more difficult!

This next one is a hit!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Unlock the Weird


The book is Ripley’s annual collection of strange stories, fun facts and amazing oddities and I even enjoyed reading the strange stories! I of the stories is about Birdman Ted Richards who had his ears removed and his face and eyeballs tattooed to look like his pet parrots! Now, how weird is that?!

You can purchase here or on


Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the books mentioned above to feature as Featured Books. Photos and info were also provided.

My Pancakes Taste Different Today! By Heather Wood Galpert and Bruce Galpert, for ages 5 and up


Before going fishing one day, Ethan eats his favorite breakfast—pancakes. As his mom explains how his pancakes are made with help from the sun, clouds, rain, animals, and farmers, Ethan sees the world in a new way.

While playing outside, Ethan decides to create a big splash by throwing a can in the lake and accidentally contaminates the environment. Time passes and one day Ethan notices that his pancakes taste different. Realizing his decision to make a big splash caused a problem which affected his food, Ethan enlists the help of his friends to correct his mistake.

Do Ethan and his friends fix the taste of the pancakes? What do they learn in the process?

This book will appeal to readers ages 3-9 as well as lovers of the environment.

This is a delightful story and love how it teaches about how important it is to take care of our environment! A Must-Read!~ SoCal City Kids. 


About the Authors
Heather and Bruce Galpert are a husband and wife team. Heather is a graduate of Evergreen State College and has worked professionally in events and fundraising for nonprofit organizations including the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, The Santa Fe Community Foundation, and The Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Bruce attended the University of Dalla, has worked as an investment advisor for 32 years, and believes the best investment to be made is investing in children.


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Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to participate in this Book Blog Tour.