March picks

This month’s recommendations come from two sisters in Boston, MA. Kearney is 10 and Nola is 12. They had a lot of good reads they wanted to share, here are 8 of their recent favourites:


February picks


Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

by Kelly Jones

“I really liked this book. It’s written in the form of letters which I thought was neat!”

Recommended by Jane, aged 11, Maryland.


Chester and Gus

by Cammie McGovern

“Chester and Gus has a cool story line about a dog that helps an autistic boy. It’s written from the point of view of the dog!  I really liked this one too.”

Recommended by Jane, aged 11, Maryland



by Sharon M. Draper

“This is one of my recent favourites. It’s an amazing book. It’s about racial equality.”

Recommended by Hannah, aged 11, Maryland


Page by Paige

by Laura Lee Gulledge

“This is an amazing book too. It’s about finding confidence.”

Recommended by Hannah, aged 11, Maryland


Wonder and Auggie & Me

by R.J. Palacio

“I also really loved these two. Wonder is about finding confidence in differences and Auggie & Me is about growing up.”

Recommended by Hannah, aged 11, Maryland.

New kids' review corner

If you are aged 8 to 12 (- ish), and have recently read a book that you absolutely loved and would like to share with other readers your age, then ask a parent or guardian to send me an email at with the subject heading KIDS’ PICKS. Tell me what you loved about the book in a sentence or two and I will try to publish a few recommendations each month. It can be any type of book: picture book, chapter book, fiction, non-fiction, something you read yourself or something somebody read aloud to you. Doesn’t matter, if you loved it, share it.

Here are a few we’ve enjoyed lately:


The Parker Inheritance

by Varian Johnson

“I loved The Parker Inheritance because it brought in elements of mystery and southern history, especially themes of social justice and social conflict. I love how the author gave you a chance to solve the clues before making the main characters actually solve them. I found it very exciting. I really loved this.”

- Recommended by Una, aged 11, Colorado.


The Vanderbeekers of 141st St

by Karina Yan Glaser

“I loved this book because I found it very funny and entertaining. I loved the way every Vanderbeeker has a different personality and the way they join together to try and save a place they love. I recommend this book for anyone who liked The Penderwicks.”

- Recommended by Una, aged 11, Colorado.


The Land of Stories

by Chris Colfer

“I have just finished this book and I really liked it because it’s SO EXCITING and I couldn’t put it down.

I’m 8 but I reckon other 8 year-olds who love to read would love it too. But my sister read it when she was 10. It’s great.”

- Recommended by Will, aged 8, Colorado


Geronimo Stilton and The Temple of the Ruby Fire

by G. Stilton

“ I loved this book. I love all the Geronimo Stilton books, there are lots of them. They are funny and exciting. And once, I met Geronimo at a book festival.”

- Recommended by Will, aged 8, Colorado