Children’s Literature

Book Review: Shmelf The Hanukkah Elf

Book Review: Shmelf The Hanukkah Elf

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shmelf-the-hanukkah-elfHow do you explain to children who believe in Santa Clause why some of their friends miss out on gifts from Saint Nick? How do you bring alive the magic of Hanukkah to both Jewish children and their non-Jewish pals? What about families that celebrate both holiday traditions? Written by Greg Wolfe and illustrated by Howard McWilliam, SHMELF THE HANUKKAH ELF is a fun and magical holiday mash-up that can be enjoyed by all who celebrate during the holiday season.

Book Review: Penguin Problems

Book Review: Penguin Problems

Problems, we all have them, and in today’s social landscape it’s all too easy to fall into the habit of complaining as a way to both stand apart from the crowd and bond in collective misery. It’s only human to be disagreeable, or is it? {pages} a bookstore presents Penguin Problems, a collaboration from author…

Book Review: Kid Artist: True Tales of Childhood

Book Review: Kid Artist: True Tales of Childhood

Summer is when young readers’ creative juices are high. It’s a time when pillow forts are mandatory, art classes abound, and reading is for pleasure. All month {pages} a bookstore is celebrating that creativity by featuring Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood, the third collaboration of the popular non-fiction middle grade series from author David…

Book Review: Before I Wake Up

Book Review: Before I Wake Up

What’s Up for Kids received a copy of the new children’s book Before I Wake Up by Britta Teckentrup.  The fresh and original story somehow evoked the feeling you were reading a favorite book that had been a family favorite for generations.  The illustrations with mixed media designs and dreamy muted colors draw the child…

Book Review: Celia

Book Review: Celia

Celia is the town listener. She listens to people’s little problems, big problems, and all the in-between problems. Once they have shared their troubles with her and let them go — giving her their seeds of sorrow — they feel lighter and happier. Celia has the wonderful ability to take these seeds and turn them…

Book Review of The Christmas Visitors

Book Review of The Christmas Visitors

It is Christmas at the cottage by the lake and the bears are busy preparing to celebrate.  The human owners of the cottage, however, are in the city feeling glum.  Until the idea comes to them to spend the holidays at their cottage.