Remember the book A Wonderful Year by Nick Bruel? Me neither. It was the first book I reviewed on this blog on February 20, 2015, and I don’t think I’ve looked at it since.
Three days later I posted a review for The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, a book I still book talk many times a year and count among my favorite books of all times.
That’s the way it goes with reading. Some books are just more memorable than others.
So when I realized that I’ve published almost 1,400 reviews, I decided it was time to do some weeding. In a week or so, I’m going to take down the reviews from 2015 and 2016. In preparation for this, I’ve gone through all the books I’ve written about and picked out the ones I feel have stood the test of time.
I’ve compiled them into a book called Hit the Books: The Best of Kids Book A Day, 2015-2018. There are about 150 books included; each entry has the summary I wrote on my blog and why it was included on the list. They’re divided into eight sections: picture books, early readers, early chapter books, middle grade fiction, graphic novels, poetry, biography, and nonfiction.
I also put together ten lists of “Read-Alikes” from the books I’ve reviewed on the blog. So if you have a fan of Diary of A Wimpy Kid or Raina Telgemeier, you can get some ideas for other books they might want to try.
Let me know if you find this book helpful. Who knows, I may put together a second edition in another year or two!
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Just ordered it!! So excited you did this! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Congratulations! I check your site daily and rely greatly on your reviews. You are amazing! Thank you for your hard work!
Congratulations!!! I’m sure it will be a great resource that I will reference often!
YAY! HURRAH! And THANK YOU!
Your daily reviews not only keep me current with books I need to know about and read; they hone my critical assessment tools for both my own writing and the writing of the adult students I teach.
I recommend your blog to all my writers and students.
Very good content. Thanks for sharing!