Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sarah Stewart's Birthday

Previous to starting up this blog, Sarah Stewart was an author I had never heard of before... and if I had heard any of her stories, well, the name didn't stick with me (that's a possibility)! However, she's got some great children's books out there that are definitely worth sharing!

Stewart, Sarah.
The Friend.
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.
Guided Reading Level: N

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

Lucky for Belle, she has a friend at home, a caregiver named Beatrice Smith -- Bea -- who keeps a close eye on her so she doesn't get into too much mischief. Through the week Belle helps Bea as she does chores or shops or bakes, and at the end of most days they head to the beach -- Belle and Bea, hand in hand, by the sea. But one afternoon Belle sneaks outside to play all alone, and something happens that changes her life forever.

I love that each book written by Sarah Stewart holds such deep personal meaning and message. Not only will children love this cute story, but it would be a more than appropriate gift for the family babysitter or Nanny to express just how much you (and your children) appreciate the things that they do for your children out of the kindness of their own heart - welcoming your children as they'd welcome their own! Definitely should add this to a gift list!

Stewart, Sarah.
The Library.
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
Guided Reading Level: K

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

Elizabeth Brown loves to read more than anything else, but when her collection of books grows and grows, she must make a change in her life.

Oh this is an amazing story! It will definitely appeal to children who love reading! I think the part that they will connect with the most is the dedication page...
To the memory of the real
Mary Elizabeth Brown
Librarian, Reader, Friend
If children are able to see that there are other people in the world (who have made a difference) and are just like them, they're more apt to be accepting of their love of reading. Personally, I think it's terrible that kids are teased because they love reading (yes, I was one of them, so I am speaking from experience). I've always believed reading=knowledge... and if this book will help further instill that hobby in children, all the more power to it!

If you're interested in finding out more information about any of the books reviewed or if you'd like to purchase the books, click the cover image for a link to