Exploring Children’s Classics: Railway Children and All-of-a-Kind Family
Challenges / Children and YA / Classic Literature

Exploring Children’s Classics: Railway Children and All-of-a-Kind Family

Next in my exploration of children’s classics written by women are The Railway Children and All-of-a-Kind Family, both set around the turn of the century, although The Railway Children was actually published near that time, while Family was published in 1951.  Both novels are written by women about families that are struggling economically.  Both have … Continue reading

Exploring Classic Children’s Series: Betsy-Tacy and Anne of Green Gables
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Exploring Classic Children’s Series: Betsy-Tacy and Anne of Green Gables

For the Women’s Classics challenge, I’m exploring classic children’s books written by women.  In September I read two books, Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, and Anne of Avonlea.  I had read the first books in the series, but these two were new to me. The Betsy-Tacy series was written by Maud Hart … Continue reading

Challenges / Children and YA / Classic Literature

Reading Children’s Classics by Women Authors

I haven’t done anything this year for the Women’s Classic Literature Event, which is hosted by the Classics Club, but since it’s September and it’s Back to School time, I was thinking about re-reading favorite classics by women authors. I’m looking specifically at books published before 1950 and in about the 8-10 age range. When … Continue reading

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Challenges / Children and YA / Classic Literature / Highly Recommended / Historical Fiction

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

I always love reading Newbery award winners, and Lois Lowry has written many great books for children, including The Giver. So this book has been on my TBR list for a while. Considering my family’s history, learning more about the Holocaust is important to me. So many books have been written on the subject, but … Continue reading

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Review of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I’ve been reading rave reviews about Patrick Ness for the last couple of years, and finally got around to reading one of his books.  A Monster Calls was amazing and completely unexpected.  I’m not sure how to review this book so I’ll just recommend that you read it. The story was originally conceived by Siobhan … Continue reading

Children and YA / Classic Literature / Fantasy / Highly Recommended

Review of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book is cool and spooky and touching all at the same time. I expected great things of Neil Gaiman and this one didn’t disappoint. It won the Newbery Medal in 2009, a prize going to the book each year that makes the largest contribution to American children’s literature.  The Graveyard Book isn’t like … Continue reading