Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry, one of children’s literature’s favorite authors, has been awarded and discussed for her unique and powerful writing style. One of the perhaps less discussed series she wrote was about 10 year old, Anastasia Krupnik.  When I was reading in middle school and upper elementary school, I loved Anastasia because she was realistic.  One… Continue reading Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry

9 Children’s Books about Appalachia

I grew up in the mountains of Virginia, right in the heart of Appalachian coal country.   Appalachia, the region itself, is mapped from Alabama to upstate New York (following the Appalachian mountains).  [Pronounced App uh lah cha] Within the region there are obviously a variety of cultures, topographies, and types of people; however, Appalachia certainly… Continue reading 9 Children’s Books about Appalachia

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