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I cannot tell a lie--I really love this annual post, or perhaps I just love doing the "listening" research to find fabulous recommendations. It seems like audiobooks are more popular than ever, but i…
The last year and a bit has been different--to say the least. But at least one can always count on a good read to make everything better. So, here is a personally curated, eclectic list of ten of ou…
Hopefully Summer 2021 will be awesome. Here are a half a dozen fantastic reads we thought should be on your summer reading list. These books have a content level of 5 or less in all three categories…
Summer 2020 was not quite what we all hoped for, but the summer of 2021 is showing promise--especially for the road trip. Assembling this year's list, there seems to be an unconscious bias for escapis…
The Book of Dares challenges teen boys to become better versions of themselves. This challenge is issued through a series of dares that can be used in any order and with any number of dares. It’s…
Compass Book Ratings brings you our annual, hand-picked book gifting recommendations broken out by demographic. In the past, we have split the middle grade recommendations by boy and girl, but this y…
Not a disappointment in the bunch! Overall, a big thumbs up for the 2020 Newbery Books. In some ways, it seems like the #weneeddiversebooks call from a few years ago is finally coming of age and bei…
The Jewel Thief is an intriguing look into the opulent world of Louis the XIV of France and his fascination, or some would say fanaticism of having the largest and most opulent jewels of the peri…
2020 will probably not be a normal, care-free, easy-living summer. Most people have already had to change or cancel summer camps and vacation plans. But, never fear, there is never a wrong time or p…
This may be a summer like no other in recent memory. With many schools being closed, learning happening remotely, or schools ending the academic year early, summer vacation is arriving in a very ant…
As I write this, we are in a weird time where everyone is social distancing and staying home. I hope by the time I post this article the options for a family road trip in summer 2020 are opening up f…
2019? It is 2020. We know. We have just been a bit behind. We do like to have reviews in our database for Newbery Books because they stay continuously in print. So, while you are waiting for the …