An Abundance of Katherines: “Challengingly complex and entirely entertaining”

“Imagine an operating room at the start of a daring but well-rehearsed procedure and you will have something of the atmosphere of ”An Abundance of Katherines”: every detail considered, the action unrolling with grace and inevitability.” -New York Times Book Review “Green follows his Printz winning Looking for Alaska (2005) with another sharp, intelligent story….

Berenstain Bears offer a great way to share the story of Easter

In The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights), the Bear cubs and Papa are candy-crazy this Easter! But Mama, with help from Papa, tells the cubs about Jesus’ resurrection and shows them that salvation is much sweeter than candy.  The book includes a colorful sticker set. Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the…

Fairly Fairy Tales: a Techo-modern Version of the Three Little Pigs

What would a techo-modern version of the Three Little Pigs look like? Little Red Riding Hood? Cinderella? Solar panels, discos, and salons meet fairy tales when a child and mom read together at bedtime. There are scores of children’s books, both picture and chapter, that revamp traditional fairy tales. What makes Fairly Fairy Tales different? The…

Young People’s Pavilion: Ungifted by Gordon Korman

The word gifted has never been applied to a kid like Donovan Curtis. It’s usually more like Don’t try this at home. So when the troublemaker pulls a major prank at his middle school, he thinks he’s finally gone too far. But thanks to a mix-up by one of the administrators, instead of getting in…

Young People’s Pavilion: What is a Good Book?

  It is an indisputable fact that a child’s engagement with good books is important and valuable to her development.  Not only can reading high quality children’s literature expand a child’s cognitive abilities, but it can also spur a child’s emotional, moral, and spiritual development.  However, with one visit a major  online or storefront book…

Follow Donna Marie Merritt (@TheMadWriter)

Donna Marie Merritt’s new collection of #poems begs to be read aloud…Check out the post! wp.me/p2Uxko-6t via @young_pavilion — Donna Marie Merritt (@TheMadWriter) March 26, 2013