Halloween will soon be here and that equates to dressing up in costumes, candy and great imaginative books that can take you away to places rich in magic – and beyond.
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After a long, hot summer it was fun to turn to two stories set in small towns with definitely cool climates. Miracle Creek Christmas by Krista Jensen takes place in the Northwest between Halloween and Christmas while Summer of Sundaes occurs even farther north in Seward, Alaska.
When life seems to be hard both inside school and out of school, books can often help soothe a youngster’s soul as well as open up discussion. This collection of books I have chosen is a perfect segue into helping solve dilemmas that are creeping into your child’s life and are causing angst.
It Started in Budapest by Julie Daines is a romantic novel featuring the Orient Express, a passenger train that ran between Paris and Istanbul between 1863 and 1977. Today's second book is Love, Life & Lucille by Judy Gaman, a memoir of a woman who lived to almost reach her 104th birthday.
The best time to teach youngsters about the amazing new horizons waiting for them in books is when they are beginning to read. This is the time to find stories that they can enjoy and develop the desire to read more. Here are some titles that might help in that effort.