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The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde Swift, illustrated by Lynd Ward Publication date 1942 This is the story about a lighthouse that stands near the George Washington Bridge in New York City. On the bank of the Hudson River, a small red lighthouse protects boats with his beam and foghorn. […]

Children’s books in words of one syllable

Monday, November 25th, 2019

We have listed here books for young readers — books which consist of words of one syllable. These books would be ideal for the beginning reader. Nursery Lessons in Words of One Syllable Alice in Wonderland Retold in Words of One Syllable by J.C. Gorgam History of England in Words of One Syllable by Helen […]

Peter Spier and People

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

You’re probably familiar with children’s writer/illustrator Peter Spier from his book Noah’s Ark. In fact, if you’re like me and look up Spier on Amazon, you’ll find several books you feel compelled to buy! The Star-Spangled Banner We the People: The Constitution of the United States The Erie Canal But the book I’m most impressed […]

Resource for your new school year — list of historical fiction by time period

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Ancient History (4000 B.C. – 400 A.D.) Luke’s Quest by Caroline Dale Snedeker The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah by Joanne Williamson and Daria M. Sockey The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt by G.A. […]

Thornton W. Burgess — nature study might make you a famous author

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

Thornton Waldo Burgess (1874 – 1965) was an American author of children’s stories. Thornton’s father died when Thornton was only one-year-old and he was raised by his mother in humble surroundings. As a youth, he had to work tending cows, shipping water lilies from local ponds, selling candy, and trapping muskrats. One of his employers […]

Reading aloud — above the reading level of your child

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Thank you so much for encouraging us to read above the level you think your child will understand. Recently we began to read Charlotte’s Web with our 5yo son because the play is coming to our area and we needed to know the story since we didn’t read it as children. To our surprise and […]

Alphaboat by Michael Chesworth

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Alphaboat by Michael Chesworth — you will LOVE this book!

Favorite audio books in our family

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

My grands spend a good amount of time listening to audio books. Here are their favorites. Eric (9yo), Michael (6yo), and Ian (3yo) like: Winnie-the-Pooh: A.A. Milne’s Pooh Classics My Father’s Dragon The Trumpet of the Swan Mr. Popper’s Penguins Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book The Story of Doctor Dolittle Thornton W. Burgess stories about […]

Who is your favorite voice actor for audio books?

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

My favorite all-time audiobook narrator is Peter Addenbrooke Thomas (June 28, 1924 – April 30, 2016). His unique voice is considered the most listened-to broadcast voice in American television and radio history. His father was a Presbyterian minister from Wales and his mother an English schoolteacher. During his childhood, they stressed the importance of reading, […]

New edition of Archer and Zowie by Hans Bluedorn just released

Friday, January 11th, 2019

New edition of Archer and Zowie by Hans Bluedorn just released. A sci-fi adventure for kids, written by an author of The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning. Use your imagination to travel into space with an evil microwave and learn the importance of Trash Day. This is a small, but […]


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