Category: Books

Stephanie Sheaffer reads books - lots of them. Read her reviews, plus win books and be inspired toward a more literate life.

Children's Book Giveaway: Miss Nelson Is Missing

"The kids in room 207 were misbehaving again." So begins the tale of a mischievous class...and their very creative teacher.   Written by Harry Allard and James Marshall, Miss Nelson is Missing is a hilarious and colorful story - with the perfect combination of mystery and humor. The worst-behaved class in school is in for […]

Children's Book Giveaway: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Author and Illustrator Mordecai Gerstein is a favorite in our house. His winning formula? Striking artwork, lyrical prose, and true stories! "The Man Who Walked Between the Towers" is a creative re-telling of Philippe Petit's unauthorized walk on a wire between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Gerstein is a master […]

Children's Book Giveaway: What Charlie Heard

I stumbled upon Mordecai Gerstein's books quite by accident at the library several years ago. We pulled "What Charlie Heard" off the shelf, got in the car, and...listened (it came with an audio CD  - read by the author himself!). I knew from the get-go that it was a treasure. The lyrical book chronicles the […]

Children's Book Giveaway: Bats at the Library

Many of our favorite children's books are from authors who have passed away - words written in a different time. Goodnight Moon. Green Eggs & Ham. Bread & Jam for Frances. Author Brian Lies, however, has managed to write and illustrate a text that has all of the characteristics of a classic. Bats at the […]

Creative Awakening

Two nights ago, I wrote a children's book. I was struck by inspiration as I put my 2-year-old to bed...the words danced across my mind in sudden symmetry. As soon as she succumbed to sleep, I tip-toed out and sat down at my laptop, fingertips firing. Tim raised an eyebrow at me. "I'm writing a […]

Dear God, Please Help Me to Read Soon

Yesterday we found our 3-year-old jumping on her bed and praying jubilantly, "Dear God, Please help me to read soon!" over and over again. I think her prayer will come true sooner than she realizes. You see, she is a consumer of books. She reads them in the morning, in the car, in bed, and […]

Children's Books: 5 [Little-Known] Favorites

A good children's book is surprisingly hard to find. Perhaps I am a hard critic, but I must say that I am largely underwhelmed by the majority of the books that we check out from the library. They tend to be unimaginative, embarrassingly trite, lacking in depth and character development, and crudely illustrated. On the […]

Thoughts On: Disney Princesses

A few weeks ago, I overheard Tim reading "Sleeping Beauty" to our 3-year-old. I couldn't help but smile as I eavesdropped on their book reading session. Tim kept adding in commentary every page or two, "...And then - This is crazy! - the prince fell in love with the princess before he even talked with […]

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