Friday - February 23, 2024

Book Review: “Pap Pap Goes To Paris” is a Fun Picture Book to Gift to That Specially Beloved Child in Your Life

December 1st, 2022

Pap Pap goes to Paris By Janie Dempsey Watts, Illustrated by Lyn Martin Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne Holmes Snow globes and the winter holidays always seem to go together, so this is a wonderful time for me to share author and grandmother Janie Dempsey Watts’s delightful picture book about Ricky, his parents and his grandfather, who are lucky enough to live together. The book, available in both paperback and Kindle, is beautifully illustrated by Lyn Martin, who has previously illustrated more than 35 children’s books. Not quite 30 pages long, the book is a perfect length for bedtime... Read More

Book Review: “I Don’t Want to Turn 3” Is A Fun Kid’s Picture Book – With a Subtle Lesson

November 8th, 2021

I Don’t Want to Turn 3  By Gramps Jeffrey Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne Holmes This sweet picture book is author Gramps Jeffrey’s first. He wrote it after having the opportunity to spend more time with his grandkids during the past year’s pandemic. Gramps says, “I wrote this book to read to (my) grandkids. Their reaction has been invaluable. As you read aloud and watch them begin to understand Jordan’s discovery of right versus wrong, you can see the older kids recognition that they have gone through the same dilemma. While the younger kids don’t quite yet understand... Read More

In ‘Isosceles’ Day’ Young Readers Share a Day in the Life of a Happily Rescued Dog

April 23rd, 2018

Title: Isosceles’ Day   Available in hard cover, paperback and Kindle formats Author: Kevin J. Meehan Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes What a fun book, both for young readers – and those who enjoy hearing someone read them a story! Author Kevin J. Meehan, whose “day job” is as  an integrative health care practitioner with expertise in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, lives his life according to a favorite quote: “With the eyes of a child, we learn how to see!” He has clearly used this philosophy when writing and illustrating his book. Each page... Read More

Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope with a Traumatic Death

February 13th, 2018

Title: Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope with a Traumatic Death  Available in large print paperback format Author: Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D. Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes   Today’s world is not as safe as the one we grew up in, in the 50s and 60s. Back then, we did not read about school shootings on a regular basis, for example. Yet even as we are only seven weeks into this year (2018) as I write — and we’re we collectively reeling from 17 deaths in Parkland, Florida — news reports tell us there have already been 8 school shootings that resulted... Read More

Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children

February 5th, 2018

Title: Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children Available in large print paperback format Author: Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D., Illustrated by Polona Lovsin Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes When our daughter was five and our son two, my former husband and I had to explain to them that we were divorcing. The term “conscious uncoupling” hadn’t been invented yet, but we did everything possible to separate ourselves from the marriage with as little angst as possible, precisely because we didn’t want to cause trauma and pain for our children. I’m not sure... Read More

Sammy’s Broken Leg (Oh No!) and The Amazing Cast That Fixed it

May 18th, 2017

Title: Sammy’s Broken Leg (Oh No!) and the Amazing Cast That Fixed It Author: Judith Wolf Mandell Reviewed by: Anne Holmes For the NABBW “Sammy’s Broken Leg” is an amazing book! Perfect gift for a grandchild who’s broken a bone – or is about to experience some other sort of potentially scary medical procedure. I recall my mother having to hold a wriggling, screaming four-year old – me – in her lap as my sister and I were being prepped for T&A surgery back in the mid-50s. No one could convince me they weren’t trying to kill me with the... Read More

The Girl Who Did Not Like Her Name

August 12th, 2013

The Girl Who Did Not Like Her Name By Chloe JonPaul Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne Holmes How many of us lived through a time when we didn’t like our names? I know I did. And so did many people I know, including my daughter, for whom we thought we had selected a lovely appellation: “Jennifer Zoe.”   She, too, didn’t care for her name, and throughout her grade school years she kept modifying it: Jennifer, Jenny, Jen… We teased her that the only thing left was to call herself “Je,” or simply “J.” Author Chloe JonPaul knows all about these naming woes, having spent 35 years teaching... Read More

Danny the Dragon “Meets Jimmy”

May 10th, 2010

Author: Tina Marie Turbinwww.dannythedragon.com Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos Superb illustrations by Aija Jasuna color the pages of this children\’s book by Tina Marie Turbin. Danny the Dragon and his sidekick, Skipper, befriend Jimmy and his family and the adventures are surely just beginning because the tale ends with Danny saying “I will tell you some other time. For now it is bedtime.” An imaginative story of a dragon that travels around in a seashell and becomes larger, growing out of his shell when away from water. Jimmy helps him shrink back into his shell by spraying water on... Read More

Hot Issues, Cool Choices

October 14th, 2008

Author: Sandra McLeod Humphreywww.stopbullyingnow.com Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos Author Sandra McLeod Humphrey has written Hot Issues, Cool Choices for girls and boys ages ten and up. This compilation of fictional scenarios gives the young student an opportunity to reflect on circumstances that may arise with their peers, thereby giving them a chance to arrive at possible solutions before they find themselves face-to face with those circumstances. The concept is a good one; teachers and parents realize that most of the decision making that children in this age group are engaged in is happening... Read More