Saturday, June 22, 2013


Reading is one of life's pleasures

Reading is FUN!

Reading takes you places.
you will never visit yourself.

Reading is the original
Magic Carpet Ride
to adventure!

However, some kids need a little push.
Others need their arm twisted.

Nagging never works.

So, how do you HOOK
your child on summer reading

EASY as a visit to the library!

Let them see YOU make time for reading.
Let them know you think reading is cool.
Read to them every day.
Get them to read to you.
Tell them how well they read.

Ask their opinion of the characters and the plot.
Let them help you make a bookshelf for THEIR book.
(or go buy a bookshelf with them)


Look for covers with KID APPEAL.
And plots that follow your child's interests.
(sports, music, art, dance, adventure, humor etc)

Choose books with  characters they
will root for and identify with. 

Give them Special Book Money
so they can buy their own books.

If all else fails use

 Hey, what's good enough for China, India, the
Middle East and most of Africa. . . It's worth a try. 

After reading 4 books they get to stay up
an extra hour - for a week!


Read 5 books and get to choose some treat so far denied them.
Choose what you know will tempt your kid to read.

Okay, enough with the instructions,
let's get to the nitty-gritty

A list of

Find  many more children's great reads
and reviews by clicking these links:

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague 

REVIEW for Magical Mea - by Penelope Cole. This second book in The Magical Series has life lessons for children. It’s a fun read, empowering for kids, and will without a doubt hold a child’s interest.

Book Review: The Adventures of Lai-Lai and Chub-Chub: Lai-Lai Meets Chub-Chub - delightful! 

REVIEW: Rattlesnake Jam: Margot E Finke, Illos: Kevin Scott Collier. There are few children's picture books that have made me laugh out loud. Margot Finke's inventive rhymes and Kevin Collier's delightful pictures will have children begging for more.

REVIEW: Hands Off  My Honey by Jane Chapman - Loved, loved, loved this book. In addition to the fabulous artwork by Tim Wanes, Chapman has created a superb story with a surprise ending. 

This is the mischievous little fairy responsible for the mysterious sounds and odors that are a part of everyday life. The book comes with an audio CD and has received both the Mom's Choice and the Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal Awards. 

How to Babysit a Grandpa – great kid’s book

REVIEW: I am a huge fan of Margot Finke’s work, including Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind. She has a knack for cleverly conveying what children may be feeling in a manner that engages, entertains, and is filled with humor. She also has a knack for magically weaving rhyming content into wonderful images that take the reader on an amazing journey.


Marit Menzin (Author)

HOOK KIDS on READING Reviews "Bella Saves the Beach," by Nancy Stewart.  Kids learn about ecology and more.

A pre-biblical fable, set in prehistoric times. It is about a boy named Jezubah and his friend Diligence the dragon. They live in a land of mountains, volcanoes and pristine lakes and learn about faith. Kevin Collier author illustrator

REVIEW: 5 Star REVIEW for "Horatio Humble Beats the Big D" (dyslexia) author, Margot Finke. I think I fell in love with this book the moment I spied the little boy on the cover with the “deer-in-the-headlights” expression on his face. Horatio is a wonderful read, about a confused but courageous little boy with a big, BIG problem.

REVIEW: Leaf & the Rushing Waters (Twig Stories) [Kindle Edition] Jo Marshall (Author), Mr. D. W. Murray (Illustrator) - Read all 9 glowing reviews. 

REVIEW: The Magic Violin by Mayra Calvani. See more of her books on Guardian Angel Publishing -- Eight-year old Melina wants to become a good violinist. When she loses confidence, her Rumanian teacher Andrea decides it’s time for a magic dose of self esteem.

Reviewed by Donna M. McDine ~: "Birds in the Flower Basket" by Mary Jean Kelso.  Delightful story children will love.

"Mama Grizzly Bear," a rhyming PB by Margot Finke. Illos: Gloria Swan. **READ terrific REVIEWS on Amazon.

A year in the life of Mama and her cubs.


Books for early readers and older on
my next Summer Reading List. 

Find these REVIEWS - BOOKS and MORE -
on  Pinterest


Books for Kids - Manuscript Critiques


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