Vibrant colorful covers, smooth white pages, a trip to Neverland and beyond, a-h-h-h immersion in award winning children’s fiction for the winter, grin. That was fun!
Those colorful covers drew these random picks off my library shelf –
- “The False Prince” by Jennifer Nielsen . If you love strong characters in a medieval setting you’ll not only read it but want to tweet it so others can enjoy. The author was kind enough to tweet back other good reads. This led to a whole month of fun, for then I moved to
- “The Keeper of Lost Cities” by Shannon Messenger. This fun fantasy-adventure is about a 12 year old girl who’s secrets make her different and is forced to leave all she knows to find out where she truly belongs. It’s a real page turner.
- “The Friendship Doll “by Kirby Larson, was next. A beautiful award winning story inspired by an article Kirby saw while doing research for her novel “Hattie Big Sky”. The main character, Miss Kanagawa, is a Japanese doll, a goodwill gift from Japan to America. Miss Kanagawa impacts the people who across her path. This is a delightful, thought provoking way to learn a bit of history.
- Returning to fantasy came the first book in Shannon Hale’s Ever After High series – “The Storybook of Legends.” The children of fairy tale characters are in the process of being educated for their roles as the next generation of Snow White, Evil Queen, and of course Prince Charming – to name a few. But Raven Queen simply does not want to be evil. Shannon knows her fairy tales and seamlessly wanders from tale to tale touching on all the characters of the fairy tale world. There’s a wonderful characterization of the Brothers Grimm.
- For a change of pace my reading journey took me back to Kirby Larson as “Hattie Big Sky” arrived as my library. The prairie setting spoke of home for me and it shows what pioneers endured in the early 1900’s. This earned its Newbury Honour. It’s Montana history married to characters to love and invest in. It will have you weeping even harder than “The Friendship Doll.”
So kid book lovers this is only a start. Go right back on line for more. Me? I can’t wait for “Hattie Ever After” to arrive.