We Worship God by Nancy Streza

cover114393-mediumWe Worship God by Nancy Streza is a beautiful book for preschool and elementary school aged children. The illustrations are wonderful and really add to the message.  This is a very nice approach to the ABC’s. It is rooted in the Bible and in the qualities that Jesus portrays. Each page covers a letter to the alphabet. This story not only teaches the alphabet but also about Jesus.

I received this ARC from NetGalley and Xist Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Fight to Learn by Laura Scandiffio

cover87601-mediumFight to Learn by Laura Scandiffio brings interest and excitement to going to school. While most people have heard of Malala, they may not have heard of all of the great people in Scandiffio’s book: people helping to change education for poverty-stricken Indians and Roma, Pakistanis denied an education because of their gender, children ripped away from schools becoming soldiers, and separate, but not equal, schools on First Nation land.

Liked that the book was divided into different challenges children face rather than by geography. It even included an example in the U.S. I also liked that the book highlighted the people, many of whom are children, who are finding solutions to this issue.

A fantastic resource for older students.

I received an ARC copy from Annick Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Trail Blazers by Lisa Graves

22181133Trail Blazers: An Illustrated Guide to the Women Who Explored the World by Lisa Graves is a picture book full of famous women explorers. I found it interesting and educational. There’s not a great amount of information, but what’s here is enough to give a sense of these women’s accomplishments, as well as their determination, in just enough detail to whet the reader’s curiosity.

Graves introduces readers to thirteen women who were influential explorers. Each woman gets one spread with a column about their life and most famous accomplishments. Further textboxes on the spread highlight major accomplishments, places travelled, etc. Some of these women are well known names, like Nellie Bly, Amelia Earhart, and Sacagewa, others are not so well known like Ida Laura Pfeiffer, Harriet Chalmers Adams, and Gertrude Bell. They explored any time between the mid 1700s to mid 1900s, used different methods of transportation, explored different areas of the world, but all were intrepid adventurers and left their marks in society, literature, science, archeology, geography, and more.

I received an ARC from Xist Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World

32080177Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World shares biographies of six female scientists, whose discoveries have had an immeasurable impact on the world, but due to their gender, have been forgotten by history.  This book includes biographies about Shark expert Eugenie Clark, Medical researcher Gertrude Elion and NASA ‘computer’ Katherine Coleman Johnson. This is an important book that needed to be written and read. It tells the story of six little known women pioneers in science. It’s important that their stories are told and that girls are actively encouraged to pursue STEM careers.

Each mini-biography is written with an interesting introductory scene of their most important achievement then gives a brief explanation of their lives. This is a longer read, but the women and fields of study are captivating. It’s incredible to think of how many women were able to move into scientific fields only because of WWII and the “Rosy the Riveter” era of letting women into the work force. I almost wish that this book would have focused in a little bit more on some of that background history. Also, the vocabulary is rather elevated with very few context clues or explanations, so if a younger student was reading this, they would need a lot of help.

I received this ARC copy from Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC and Holiday House via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Animals Do, Too!: How They Behave Just Like You by Etta Kaner, Marilyn Faucher

31934707Animals Do, Too!: How They Behave Just Like You by Etta Kaner, Marilyn Faucher is very informative book with beautiful illustrations. The book is fun and engaging, which allows  the reader to discovers how similar humans and animals act. 

The illustrations are colorful and bright, and help to compare kids and animals doing the same activity. I liked that the kids are shown in different spaces, like a park, beach or their home, and accompanied by their family and friends. Each animal is also portrayed in its environment and surrounded by their own. Beautiful picture book.

 This book combines an adorable, easy to read picture book with nonfiction and unique information about animals. The animal facts are presented in a manner that a young child can understand.  I appreciate the added facts about the animals at the end; however, some are redundant. 

At the end the author has listed more interesting facts about the animals she has included in her book. It is a wonderful picture book from cover to cover and I highly recommend it.

I received this book from Kids Can Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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A Country Between by Stephanie Saldaña

cover90866-mediumA Country Between:Making a Home Where Both Sides of Jerusalem Collide by Stephanie Saldana is a fascinating read of places and experiences most of us will never have.

The author Stephanie, meets her to be husband Frédéric who was in his third and final year as a novitiate soon to become a monk at The Syrian desert monastery Deir Mar Musa, north of Damascus. I have not read the first part of this memoir, which I must do soon, to learn more about their relationship.
The Country Between, takes place when they move out of Syria and are trying to find out where they should live. They end up on Jerusalem’s Nablus Road, a fascinating place with a lot of history.
The author writes beautifully, and in a very lyrical way. Her descriptions of places, the people, even the view from their window, of birds and trees created wonderful pictures in my mind, ones that even though I may never go there, I will feel that I have seen.

There are a lot of messages we can take from the authors life and perceptions of it, like hope, forgiveness, strength and the beauty of life as we see it and also in its hardships.
This is a wonderful look at a family being formed, and of families being there for one another throughout ones life, and the closeness and sacrifices they endure for one another.

Thank you NetGalley  and Sourcebook (non-fiction) for the advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Animal Planet: Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals by Animal Planet & Charles Gingha

28964071Animal Planet: Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals by Animal Planet & Charles Gingham has a wide range of interesting things to read and learn about of animals. The book is divided in four parts, Strange, Unusual, Gross, and Cool. The book has wonderful and abundant pictures.

There are more than 200 photographs in this book that is divided into four different focuses: “Galleries” to explore a theme, “Featured Creature” to spotlight particular extraordinary animals, “Creature Collections” with groups of animals to compare and contrast, and “Macroview,” showing tiny details.

The featured animals are just amazing, and include the blobfish, the deep sea octopod, the ghost octopus, the red-lipped batfish, banded gila monster, and as you can tell by the names, a host of unusual creatures. On all of these pages, you learn astounding facts about what makes these animals so unusual.

The book includes a glossary, annotated links to find out more, and an index. I really appreciate that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of books benefits the principal partners of R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond) – Animal Planet’s project to help make the world a better place for animals.

I highly recommend this book for animal aficionados, both child and adult. It is a book that allows readers to learn about animals and spark interest to continue learning.

I received this book from Time Inc. Books and Animal Planet via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Shakespeare on Page and Stage by Stanley Wells

cover93011-mediumShakespeare on Page and Stage by Stanley Wells is a book that contains essays. The essays are divided into four sections: Shakespearian Influences, Essays on Particular Works, Shakespeare in the Theatre, and Shakespeare’s text. It’s going to be impossible to summarise all twenty nine essays, but rest assured that this work will give people who are studying Shakespeare plenty to chew upon.

And though this is a readable work, it is still very dense with ideas and analysis and I found that my reading speed slowed considerably while reading it. Which is a good sign, because if it’s an academic work, then I expect to read slowly in order to understand what the author is trying to say.

While this isn’t the best book for a reader looking to get into the analysis of Shakespeare, readers with a working knowledge of Shakespearian criticism will probably be able to understand most of what this book says. And I’m sure the academic audience will be delighted to read it.

I received this book from Oxford University Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Faster, Higher, Smarter by Simon Shapiro

26196460Faster, Higher, Smarter by Simon Shapiro is fantastic book detailing sports achievements and the athletes behind them and also the science that made it all possible. This is a great practical application of physics, and its exciting to see how much room for innovation there is, even in events that have been around for hundreds of years. Also nice to note that the book features male and female athletes along with athletes with disabilities.

I received this book from Annick Press via NetGalley in exchange  for a review.

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Level the Playing Field: The Past, Present, and Future of Women’s Pro Sports by Kristina Rutherford


Level the Playing Field: The Past, Present, and Future of Women’s Pro Sports by Kristina Rutherford is a book that will inspire young athletes.  It is a great book that contains information for all young athletes, male and female. It is a book that encourages an equal playing field for males and females.

This is a great look at the known and little-known names in women’s sports. With one-page interviews, historical glimpses and impassioned text this book is a must have for women of any age who have athletic dreams or just want to read about inspirational players.

I received this book from Owlkids Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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