Vibrant colorful covers, smooth white pages, a trip to Never-land and beyond, a-h-h-h immersion in award winning children’s fiction, grin. That was fun!
These colorful covers drew some random picks off my local library book shelf –
If you love strong characters in a medieval setting you’ll not only read it, you’ll share it for others to enjoy. The author was kind enough to tweet back other good reads. This led to a whole month of fun, for then I moved onto …
2. 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. If you’re like me and love this story there is a 5 Book set for the continuation.
3. The Friendship Doll “by Kirby Larson
The Friendship Doll, 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.
4. The Storybook of Legends – Shannon Messenger
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. It also comes in a “>hardcover, if your a collector.
5. Hattie Big Sky – Kirby Larson
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 a 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 to read Hattie Ever After .
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