Time to Preorder: 22 Books to Look Forward to in October 2020

Do I have a big list for you today!?! I love to know what’s coming down the pike to read for next month so I’ve created a HUGE list of choices just for you. https://bookshop.org/lists/22-books-to-love-in-october-2020 Including Middle Grade, YA, fiction, non-fiction, novellas and essays and a wide variety of authors…this is a list you don’t […]

11 Books I Read and Loved in 2019!

2019 was a great reading year for me and I can’t overlook the opportunity to introduce you to all the great books I read. https://bookshop.org/lists/11-books-i-read-and-loved-in-2019 They span the gamut from sweet Middle Grade novels to gritty, Southern adult fiction but every book I mention here was fantastic and memorable! There were so many great reas […]

My Favorite Books of 2020 So Far!

Here’s my list of the best books I’ve read in 2020 to date. https://bookshop.org/lists/books-i-ve-read-and-loved-in-2020 There are some really great reads here and I can’t wait to hear what you thought of them. What else have you read this year that I should take on to round out my year? Literary fiction, memoir, essays, middle grade, […]

What to Read with Your Middle Grade Reader!

I’ve created my first list on Bookshop.org and I’m so excited to share it with you today! Head over to https://bookshop.org/lists/10-middle-grade-reads-we-read-together-and-loved to check out a list of books that I read with my 12-year-old son that we really enjoyed! You know I’m famous for loving Middle Grade fiction and for regularly reading with my newly […]

Tumble and Blue by Cassie Beasley – An Upper Grade Read-Along for Worthington Hills Elementary

Recently, it was brought to my attention that many of the publishers have changed their ‘read-along’ rules to allow educators to read aloud online from their books during ‘shelter in place’ as long as the videos are posted as unlisted on YouTube. My son’s school has been doing an amazing job providing lots of content […]

Middle Grade Book Review: Wish by Barbara O’Connor – 4.5 stars

Some people just have an amazing grasp on what it means to be genuine and to be human. Barbara O’Connor is one of those people. Wish is the story of Charlie, an 11-year old girl from Raleigh, NC, whose father is in a ‘correctional facility’ and whose mother is having trouble ‘getting back on her […]

Book Review: York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby – 4 stars

I had heard such wonderful things about Laura Ruby’s York: The Shadow Cipher! And, knowing that the 2nd book in the series, York: The Clockwork Ghost was releasing on May 14th, I just had to dig into it and find out what all the fuss was about! I really was not disappointed! This book was […]

VOTE NOW!! Mama Panda Bear Virtual Book Club – 2nd Meeting! Help pick the book!!!

Our last Mama Panda Bear Virtual Book Club pick was The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict and, whole the meeting was sparsely attended, it was a lot of fun! I’d love to have more of you join us this time…so I need your help picking the book!Since this blog focuses on Middle […]

Book Review: Ebb and Flow by Heather Smith – 4.5 stars

This book is beautiful, lyrical, sad and hopeful. It’s one that has stuck with me for many days after I finished reading it. Delivered in verse, (Thank you Kwame Alexander for teaching me to appreciate books in verse!) Ebb and Flow packs a punch without flowery or abundant language. Smith’s book is the story of […]

Book Review: The Nerdy Parent’s Guide to Raising a Nerdy Child by Leo Murphy – 1.5 stars

Ugh…I was so disappointed in this book. I had really high hopes that this would be what it promised: ‘a parenting guide that will help you engage with your little ones with crafts, games and recipes based on their new nerdy interests!’ I’m a huge Star Wars, Harry Potter and Hunger Games fan so this […]