Lore [Alexandra Bracken]

The legends lie. They smooth over imperfections to tell a good tale, or to instruct us how we should behave, or to assign glory to victors and shame those who falter. It's safe to say, at this point, that Alexandra Bracken is a phenomenal writer. I was pretty on board with Lore from the start,…

Hans Christian Andersen [Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara]

It's never too late if you really want to learn. I've talked about Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara's Little People, Big Dreams series many times before on this blog. And it should come as no surprise that I picked up her Hans Christian Andersen story as well. I think the thing I love about this series…

Good Night, Oppy! [James McGowan]

Ping! Science now, joyrides later! As a reading educator, I both absolutely adore and am kind of disappointed by James McGowan's Good Night, Oppy! Illustrated by Graham Carter, this book had a serious amount of potential. A science-education focused and downright adorable fictionalized story about the Mars rover, Opportunity, sounds amazing. But, unfortunately, it had…

Pride Puppy! [Robin Stevenson]

W for wags and wide smiles all around. When I first picked up Robin Stevenson and illustrator Julie McLaughlin's Pride Puppy, I admittedly wasn't expecting an alphabet book. I was, however, very excited for the premise. Basically, the family puppy escapes while they're out for Pride and everyone around does their best to help him…

Maybe Swearing Will Help [Nyx Spectrum]

Work hard at being bitchin'. HAHAHAHA, oh my gosh, I love this. I've honestly never been majorly interested in adult coloring books. Like, on the one hand I really enjoy coloring. But adult coloring books are so excessively detailed that I find them stressful. Which, ironically, is the exact opposite of what they're supposed to…