Pick Up Your Pen: The Art of Handwriting by Monica Dengo

Stars: ★★★☆☆ Owlkids Books (2012) Ages 6 to 9 112 pages Cursive writing is not taught as much anymore, especially in Canada. Two provinces have already eliminated it from their curriculum. Even for places where cursive writing has not been eliminated, children are spending more and more time online and less time writing. Monica Dengo… Read More »

Why Do We Fight? Conflict, War and Peace by Niki Walker

Stars: ***** OwlKids Books (September 2013) Children’s Nonfiction Ages 10-14 80 Pages Summary: Types of conflict including battles, protests, standoffs and strikes, how they start, why they start and different ways people deal (or don’t deal) with conflict. War is definitely not a favourite subject of mine. I’m not a history buff, especially when it… Read More »

The Butt Book and Poopendous! by Artie Bennett

  Appealing to your preschooler/primary grader, Artie Bennet takes subjects normally taboo for a book and put’s it out there for children to learn and have fun. Stars for Both: ★★★★★                     The Butt Book The Butt Book was published in 2010 and teaches children the… Read More »

Everyone’s Birthday: A Kid’s Adventure in Thailand by Marc Kielburger

Stars: ★★★★★ Me to We (2012)Children’s Nonfiction Summary: Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children and Me to We has written his first children’s book based on his first overseas trip to Thailand when he was young and he shares the story of a special birthday celebration that changed his life. First let me just… Read More »

The World In Your Lunch Box by Claire Eamer

The World in Your Lunch Box: The Wacky History & Weird Science of Everyday Foods by Claire Eamer Stars: ★★★★☆ Annick Press (2012) Science/Food Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. Summary: Explore a week of lunches—from apples to pizza—by taking a romp… Read More »

The Loud Book by Deborah Underwood | Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

Stars: **** Thomas Allen & Sons (2011) Picture Book 32 pages Summary: Just like there are lots of quiets, there are also lots of louds: Good louds (HOORAY!) and bad louds (CRASH!) And louds that make you feel like you are the center of attention (BURP!). The Loud Book compiles all these kid-friendly noises from… Read More »

Awakening Consciousness: A Girl’s Guide & A Boy’s Guide by Robin Marvel

Stars: ***1/2 This review is for both books at once as they have only minor differences. Summary: These are workbooks designed to encourage spiritual growth, inner strength and self awareness. The exercises are a bit different in each book as outlined below. Girl’s Guide: Your chakras, keep a healthy aura, learn the pendulum, aromatherapy crafts,… Read More »