Family Readalouds


With its feisty, larger-than-life characters (mostly Gertie) who get themselves into unbelievably embarrassing and hilarious situations (again, mostly Gertie) I found I couldn't put this one down. Perfect for grades 3 and up or as a family read aloud.:








Hits all the right notes for children's fiction--smart relatable characters, humor, page-turning whodunit mystery, builds to a satisfying high point. Strong writing, nothing is wasted here. Perfect for readers 8 and up, mystery fans, readers who like books that incorporate secret codes and those who just want to read a good book!:

One day while ice fishing, Charlie discovers a floppy fish offering to grant a wish in exchange for freedom. Charlie can't believe her luck. But when her family faces a challenge bigger than any they've ever experienced, Charlie wonders if some things might be too important to risk on a wish fish. ~Well written story with solid characters for readers who like realistic fiction with a touch of whimsy. Grades 4 and up.:
















Lloyd does such a good job developing characters that even the minor characters are important, you want to know each of the their stories. Loved the word collecting which introduces so many fun-sounding words to the reader. Lloyd does a great job with all aspects of storytelling here. A must read for mg novel fans and those looking for 'cozy reads' for kids.:








A great, adventuresome read with a scifi feel. Good for family readalouds and independent readers.:








Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery. ~Loved everything about it: the feel of the thicker pages; the sprinkling of French; the illustrations, oh my goodness, the darling, sophisticated illustrations; the story. Having read this the day after the Paris attacks it feels like a wonderful little ode to Paris. A must read.:
















Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home through new eyes. Change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better. An unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.: