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Although I don't often review kids books, I do have some favorite kids reads I've come across this year. You can look at my list, and then you can visit the other blogs on the hop below to find some good kids reads.
Opera A-Z: A Beginners Guide to Opera by Liddy Lindsay takes a look at famous operas and their composers. The book takes every letter of the alphabet to illustrate a famous opera and its composer. I don't know very much about opera myself and learned quite a bit from this book. Even though it's a picture book, you could easily share it with older kids also.
Speeding Down the Spiral by Deborah Goodman Davis was another picture books that was very good for fine arts teaching. This picture was a humorous story about a mishap in the Metropolitan Museum. As the little girl in the story chases her brother's stroller down the ramp, she learns quite a bit about works of art and artists.
The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone by Bill Muir and Alex Kendrick was a fast paced adventure novel for upper elementary and tween aged kids. The action went back and forth between modern time and back in time on a primitive island. It is also a movie, although I didn't review the DVD.
Another young adult/teen novel that I reviewed was Sky Jumpers Book 1 by Peggy Eddleman. It's the first of a series, and I really enjoy it. It's futuristic set in a time in the future when many of our known inventions have been lost. Unlike some young adult books, it emphasized positive values such as family and friendship.
These were some of my favorite children's/young adult reads this past year. Check out the other blogs on the hop below to find more good reads.