Classics · Fairie Tales & Folklore · Fiction · Literary

Gift Books for a Cosy Christmas

If you are like me, Christmas isn’t complete without pulling out those special books from the Christmas box. The same stories year after year–and sometimes a new one or two–create that nostalgia that makes the holidays so special. Here are a couple new editions of old favorites, and a couple brand new offerings–a style for… Continue reading Gift Books for a Cosy Christmas

Classics · Fiction · Historical · Youth

Revisiting Maycomb County

Putting down To Kill a Mockingbird, I immediately missed Scout Finch and the lure of her quirky, self-contained small town in the South. So, I curled up and cracked open Tru and Nelle (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016) (Amazon), the youth chapter book by G Neri that fictionalizes the real-life, childhood friendship of Harper Lee and… Continue reading Revisiting Maycomb County

Classics · Fiction · Historical · Youth

The Beginnings of Pooh Bear

The picture book Finding Winnie¬†(Amazon)¬†was brought to my attention when Sophie Blackall won the 2016 Caldecott award for her illustrations (NPR). As a possessor of fond memories of A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, I could not believe my eyes when I opened the pages and read that the beloved Pooh bear is inspired by a… Continue reading The Beginnings of Pooh Bear