Phenomenal New Historical Fiction Books

phenomenal historical fiction books

I have so many totally heart-tugging, can't-stop-reading, phenomenal historical fiction middle grade books to tell you about! Before I dive into the reviews, I want to mention that these are SOOOO good but even so, they may be books that kids don't pick up and devour. However, I know that but they will genuinely LOVE the stories. Remember how important it is for all ages of … [Read more...]

2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

The 2015 Newbery and Caldecott winners have been announced by the American Library Association (ALA). Want to know who won? 2015 Newbery Medal The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander! It's written in prose, like the beat of a basketball game, about twins who compete on and off the court. As … [Read more...]

Join National Readathon Day

National Readathon Day

A DAY FOR READING!? What luxury, what bliss! Penguin Random House and the National Book Foundation have collaborated to invent my new favorite holiday. National Readathon Day! Well, it's not really a holiday but a way to raise money for literacy programs like BookUp which provides books to middle school kids. Because did you know that while 53% of 9-year-olds read for … [Read more...]

Win Candlewick YA Books on Top 100 Book List

Candlewick YA books

Are you an adult who reads Young Adult fiction? Or do you have a teen reader at home? TIME magazine recently published their list of Top 100 Young Adult books. To celebrate, Candlewick Press is giving one Imagination Soup reader all six Candlewick titles that are on this YA book list!!  Win Candlewick YA Books on Top 100 Book List Candlewick’s titles include: Feed by … [Read more...]

A Year of Reading Challenges for Kids

reading challenges for kids

Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy gave her (grown-up) readers a reading challenge for 2015. She inspired me to make a similar year of reading challenges for kids. Year of Reading Challenges for Kids Like Anne's challenge, the goal in this reading challenge is to read 12 books in 12 different categories in 12 months. I've purposely built in flexibility to make this easier to achieve. … [Read more...]

Free eBooks for Kids

free ebooks for kids

Both my kids now own Kindles so they can read digital books, or ebooks. But I'm not ready to break the bank buying them books. Which is why we use Overdrive to download their children's ebooks for FREE! All you need is a library card. And some patience. (Because this process is a few more steps than buying a book with one click on Amazon.) Also, if you don't own a Kindle, … [Read more...]

Inspiring Malala Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner

books about Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize today. She's the youngest winner EVER. And one of the most inspiring. Especially to young people who want to make a difference in the world. About Malala In 2012 in Pakistan, 14-year old Malala was shot in the head at close range. She was shot by a Taliban gunman simply because was a female attending school. It was a miracle that she … [Read more...]

10 Terrific Beginning Chapter Books (2014 Cybils)

terrific beginning chapter books 2014 cybils

When kids start transitioning to chapter books, they need good easy chapter books. This year, I'm jugding the Cybils Easy Reader / Short Chapter Books category and I'm looking for well-written books that kids will love which were published in 2014. Remember that beginning chapter books are characterized by having short chapters, a larger font size, and illustrations that … [Read more...]

American Girl Samantha

American Girl Samantha

American Girl, Samantha, returns from retirement with new and wonderful books. (Seriously, I've read the books, so have my kids, and we really love them!) My daughters LOVE Samantha and play so many imaginative scenarios with her. This doll is a perfect gift for the holidays for kids ages 8 - 12. And don't you just love the history of the American Girl dolls and the … [Read more...]

Best Gift Books of 2014

best children's books 2014 gifts

Ready for the best gift books of 2014? This list consists of activity books as well as nonfiction books for kids. Also read: the best chapter books of 2014, the best picture books of 2014, the best board books of 2014, and the best YA books of 2014. Best Activity Books 2014 1. Draw Patterns with Barroux (ages 4+) This colorful activity book and kit includes the Draw … [Read more...]