Toothbrush Millionaire: Math & Fiction

The Toothpaste Millionaire A couple of summers ago, I’d read The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies and really enjoyed the fun spirit of the characters.  Thanks to my lovely Goodreads recommendations, The Toothpaste Millionaire popped up.  It had been on my to read list for a while, but only after a random trip to the… Continue reading Toothbrush Millionaire: Math & Fiction

The Red Scarf Girl Review

Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution So, I actually won a copy of this book on a Goodreads giveaway (Find me on Goodreads here  – I’m addicted to it!) and was very excited to get it in the mail. This book is breathtaking in its window into China during a volatile and scary… Continue reading The Red Scarf Girl Review

South Carolina Summer Reading Event

For those of you who live in South Carolina or those of you making a trip to South Carolina this summer, there is a great reading event called Camp Read-a-Rama.   It was started by one of {then} Clemson’s great children’s literature professors, Dr. Michele Martin.  She’s now the Augusta Baker Chair of Childhood Literacy… Continue reading South Carolina Summer Reading Event

Recent Reads :A House of Tailors

The House of Tailors by Patricia Reilly Giff Goodreads: Endless tiny stitches, button holes, darts. Since she was tiny, she’s worked in her family’s dressmaking business, where the sewing machine is a cranky member of the family. When 13-year-old Dina leaves her small town in Germany to join her uncle’s family in Brooklyn, she turns… Continue reading Recent Reads :A House of Tailors

Of Mice and Readers

Several of children’s literature’s best works feature mischievous and loving mice as the main characters.  From Stuart Little to Angelina, children have delighted in these furry and funny mice adventures. The characteristics of mice have been found in literature for many years, and I’ve always been fascinated with how we love literary mice, but sometimes… Continue reading Of Mice and Readers