Kid Lit: Cody and Grandpa’s Christmas Tradition

I received this book for free from the publisher. That fact in no way influenced my opinion of the book or the content of this review. Cody and Grandpa’s Christmas Tradition by Gary Metivier Published on September 1, 2016. Goodreads Summary: On Christmas Eve, Cody helps Grandpa, a Vietnam War veteran, carry out a Christmas tradition in remembrance […]

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Cybils Fiction Picture Books: Batch 15

This is it. Finally! The last of the Cybils nominees for the Fiction Picture Book category. Wow. That was a lot of reading. I got through 211 of 212 books. Here are the final 12 mini-reviews. The Prideful Papillon by Heather Phillips (ages 5-8) This book teaches a valuable lesson – don’t be too prideful, there’s […]

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8 Great Christmas Picture Books

Delightful Christmas Picture Books Christmas Wishes by Tony Mitton This book is a modernized version of The Night Before Christmas. I wasn’t sure how I’d like it, but it’s really adorable. It features a family of mice and more than just an upgrade on the language of the original poem. It embodies the spirit of […]

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Cybils Fiction Picture Books: Batch 14

We’re nearing the end! This batch is almost entirely books from publishers again. After this post I’ve read 199 of the 212 books nominated for the Fiction Picture Book category, and I have 24 books on my shortlist (aka 5-star reads). Before Morning by Joyce Sidman (ages 3-5) With very few words, this book is an […]

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A Very Merry Christmas Survey

Ok, I know I said I hated Christmas, but not that it’s getting closer, I am enjoying the elements that make it not so bad. I saw this survey on Rebel Mommy Book Blog, and I thought it would be a fun way to get a Christmas post in this week. Favorite Christmas song(s)? Baby, […]

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Cybils Fiction Picture Books – Batch 13

All of the books listed in this Cybils Fiction Picture Book roundup were sent to me by the publisher. Many are publisher nominated entries, which means that they’re from smaller publishers. I am giving some of these books as Christmas gifts, I’m donating some to my public library since these were the books they didn’t […]

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Great Reads from November 2016

I read quite a few great books in November, but I am very behind on posting reviews, so my list is short this month. Here are the great books (4-star and 5-star) that I read in November. Click on the book title to open my full review from Opinionated Book Lover. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell […]

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Home Improvement: New Siding

We’ve known since we bought our house in 2012 that we wanted to replace the siding. It was cedar siding before that needed to be painted every 4 years or so, and for the past two summers we’d been putting it off because I really wanted to replace it with vinyl siding. I didn’t want […]

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Cybils Board Books – Batch 3

These are board books that were already out from the library when I made my original requests or board books that I received from the publisher. Again, all books are meant for ages 0-2, so no ages will be listed for the individual books. The books from the publisher will be donated to Little Free […]

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