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Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

The Woodlawn family live in pioneer times Wisconsin. Caddie has been allowed to run wild with her brothers leading to lots of adventures. It’s a cute story and easy for younger kids to read. I recommend it people of all ages. It makes a great family read aloud.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 54
Pages Read in 2019: 14,452
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I’ve read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland many times and it is still just as weird and wonderful as the first time I read it. It’s so creative and fun. It’s pretty short so it reads fast and makes a lovely family read-aloud. I highly recommend reading it.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 47
Pages Read in 2019: 11,874
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Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor by Russell Freedman

Today Lewis Hine is considered the father of photojournalism. Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor includes many of the photos he took of children working in mills, factories, and farms. It gives an overview of Hine’s life as well as what he discovered as he traveled the country meeting and documenting the working lives of thousands of children. The photos are hauntingly beautiful. The stories are heartbreaking. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 44
Pages Read in 2019: 11,319
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Soft Rain by Cornelia Cornelissen

Soft Rain is the story of the Trail of Tears told from the point of view of a young Cherokee girl. It is, as would be expected, very sad, though there are several hopeful points. It’s aimed at middle grade kids so it is simple and reads fast. I highly recommend it to kids who are learning about the Trail of Tears.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 42
Pages Read in 2019: 10,918
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Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady

With the Revolutionary War in full swing, 10-year-old Ellen Toliver must smuggle a secret message to General George Washington.

Toliver’s Secret is fast-paced historical fiction aimed at middle grade age kids. It has a good amount of tension and does a great job of expressing the feelings of the patriots being occupied by the redcoats. I highly recommend it to kids studying the Revolutionary War.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 97
Pages Read in 2018: 22,496
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Abigail Adams: Girl of Colonial Days by Jean Brown Wagoner

Abigail Adams had an interesting life starting with the rush to baptize her because they thought she would die through becoming the second first lady and the first former first lady to later be the mother of a president. Abigail Adams: Girl of Colonial Days focuses on her childhood, telling some of the more interesting highlights. It briefly covers her later years. It’s easy and quick to read. I highly recommend this book to kids who are studying or interested in Abigail Adams.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 88
Pages Read in 2018: 20,733
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Dinosaur Detectives by Judith Bauer Stamper

Ms. Frizzle takes her students on a trip to the three periods of the Mesozoic Era. They learn about and see dinosaurs and attempt to discover what kind of dinosaur a tooth fossil came from.

Magic School Bus stories are always fun and Dinosaur Detectives does not disappoint. It’s packed with information (some slightly out of date) and jokes kids will love. I recommend this book to any kid interested in dinosaurs.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 85
Pages Read in 2018: 20,121
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