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The Great Race: The Amazing Round-the-World Auto Race of 1908 by Gary Blackwood (2008)

In 1908 only the ultra-rich owned cars (mostly for racing around circular tracks) and therefore there were few roads to drive them on.  The automobile industry was in its infancy and desperate to find a place for cars in the lives of regular folks. 168 more words

Middle Grade Reading Level

A Grain of Rice by Helena Clare Pittman (1990) A book for kids who love (or hate) math!

Pong Lo is a poor Chinese peasant who wants to marry the emperor’s daughter.  He humbly approaches the throne to make his request, but is soundly rejected — and nearly executed!.  142 more words


Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (1948)

The book Cheaper by the Dozen (which is nothing like the 2003 Steve Martin film of the same name, thank goodness) tells the hilarious — and inspiring — true story of the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth family. 463 more words

Middle Grade Reading Level

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (1960)

Chester is a little black cricket from Connecticut who accidentally falls into someone’s picnic basket and winds up in a New York City subway!  Luckily for him, Mario, a young boy who works at his parents’ newspaper stand in the subway, finds and befriends him.   119 more words


Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet (2011)

Prior to this post, I’ve only recommended chapter books, but I wanted to mention a delightful picture book I recently discovered.  Balloons Over Broadway recounts the origin of the enormous balloon characters used in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 229 more words

Books For Boys

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)

If you’ve never read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, go get it from your library today!  It’s under 75 pages and you’ll understand the cultural references to it forevermore. 117 more words


Bedknob and Broomstick by Mary Norton (1957)

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a flying bed, this is the story for you!

Carey, Charles and Paul are living away from home visiting their aunt for the summer in the English countryside.  173 more words