Reach & Read: Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade-A Thanksgiving Parade

Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade-A Thanksgiving Parade by Trinka Hakes Noble, illustrated by David C. Gardner This book is set in early 1900’s, near end of World War I. It is not a funny nor overly light-heated story given the state of affairs but at its core is an admirable, warm and kind girl, Rettie, […]

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Reach & Read: Missile Toe A Very Confused Christmas

Missile Toe A Very Confused Christmas by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Marty Kelley This book had me chuckling all the way through! It is punny, clever and a great edition to our Christmas/holiday book selection. It brings back memories of singing alternative versus to classics as a tween.Devin Scillian has created a collection of poems, […]

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Reach & Read: Book Review Round Up for July and August

Whoops – I did it again! Apparently forgot to post the last few book review summaries. I have been reading a lot more but writing fewer reviews. So easy to fall behind…. but not sweatin’ it. Some of what have I been reading (besides Tremendous Tractors Dazzling Diggers, work journals and a bunch of ‘why […]

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Reach & Read: S is for Stanley Cup

S is for Stanley Cup A Hockey Championship Alphabet by Mike Ulmer, Illustrated by Chris Lyons A sporty twist on the classic alphabet book. I certainly learned a fair bit of hockey championship trivia reading this book, but the basic ABC construct was fun and engaging for my little tot as well. Read as much […]

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Basic book binding: making advance reader copies more shelf-stable

Bookbinding is a true craft and in no way is this post a reflection of its true breadth and depth. However, over the last several years I have added reviewing, mostly children’s books, to my repertoire. Frequently publishers send advance reading copies out for reviews, meaning that they may be unbound, not through final proof, […]

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Reach & Read: Invisible Lizard by Kurt Cyrus

Invisible Lizard by Kurt Cyrus, Illustrated by Andy Atkins is a fun children’s read about Napoleon the Chameleon who just wants to make friends but people struggle to see him because, well, he is really good at the chameleon thing. The story is easy for young ones to follow and features a colorful and determined […]

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