Nonfiction Children’s Book Review – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Fred Rogers

Hi friends! I’ve been out for a while due to medical leave, but I’m back now! And what better way to kick off my hiatus than with this gem! Let’s get started!

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Title: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Author: Fred Rogers, Illus. by Luke Flowers

Pages: 128

Exp. Publication: March 19th, 2019 by Quirk Books

Source: NetGalley

Rating: 5/5 Stars



Plot (via Goodreads):

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood had a revolutionary impact on children’s television and on millions of children themselves. Through songs, puppets, and frank conversations, Mister Rogers instilled the values of kindness, patience, and self-esteem in his viewers, and most of all, taught children how loved they were, just by being themselves. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhoodreimagines the songs from the show as poetry, ranging from the iconic (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”) to the forgotten gems. The poems are funny, sweet, silly, and sincere, dealing with topics of difficult feelings, new siblings, everyday routines, imagination, and more. Perfect for bedtime, sing-along, or quiet time, this book of nostalgic and meaningful poetry is the perfect gift for every child–including the child in all of us.


I could not tell you how excited I was to read and review this book for you all. Mister Rogers was an amazing human being who taught children to love themselves and to be kind to others. The book is the complete collection of poems Mister Roger’s wrote for his show starting with his famous poem, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”.

His full collection of poems is also depicted through illustrations, which are as fun, warm, and colorful as the poems themselves. The connections between the poems and the illustrations are as powerful as the subject matter in each one. My personal favorites include, “Things Are Different”, “What Can You Hear?”, and “I’m Glad I’m the Way I am”.

Things are Different

This is one of those books that should be on every shelf. Everyone could always use more of Mister Rogers. All of the poems have a subject for feelings children face but may not know how to express. This is an all around feel good book. This book, although geared for children, is one that I recommend to EVERYONE!

This book will be out TOMORROW! You can order it on Amazon or check it out from your local library!


Nonfiction Children’s Book Review – A Voice for the Spirit Bears

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Title: A Voice for the Spirit Bears

Author: Carmen Oliver, Illus. by Katy Dockrill

Pages: 36

Exp. Publication: May 7th, 2019 by Kids Can Press

Source: NetGalley

Rating: 4/5 Stars



Plot: (via Goodreads):

As a child, Simon Jackson found navigating the world of the school playground difficult. He felt most at home in the woodlands, learning about and photographing wildlife. As a teenager, he became fascinated with spirit bears, a rare subspecies of black bear with creamy white fur. These elusive creatures were losing their habitat to deforestation, and Simon knew he had to do something to protect them. He decided he would become the voice for the spirit bears. But first, he would have to find his own. Carmen Oliver’s inspiring true story is based on the early life of Simon Jackson, who founded the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition.


My first impression on this book was the illustrations. I loved the softness the illustrator portrayed in each picture. It definitely felt right for the theme of the story. The writing style also stuck out to me in this book. It was like how a storyteller would speak to a small group of children, which I really liked. Throughout Simon’s childhood, he suffered from a speech impediment so it wasn’t easy for him to speak in front of his class. He was bullied a lot, but found peace when he was out with nature and observing the wildlife. I loved the overall message Simon gives about finding his voice so he can give the Spirit Bears ones. “Stand tall, like the grizzly from Yellowstone Park.” was a motto he lived by after seeing a standing grizzly on one of his nature outings. With his motto, he was able to overcome his fear and speak about the endangered species not just to his class, but later to organizations and businesses. It’s amazing the impact he and drive had to save these beautiful animals. 700 letters were sent out from his school! That’s amazing! In the back of the book, the information about Simon, the Spirit Bears, and what the reader “Can Do to Make a Difference” I thought were excellent and inspiring additions. Simon wasn’t afraid to follow his dreams. Not only did he later get to meet the infamous Jane Goodall, but the animal he worked so hard to save, the Spirit Bear!

Overall, I thought this book was endearing as well as inspirational. This book is good for young school-age children who like nature, bears, and true stories.

Interested in this book? You can pre-order it on Amazon or wait to check it out from your local library

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WWW Wednesday: 1.16.2019

Hey everyone! I thought I would take on WWW Wednesday today, revived by Taking on a World of Words! Go check out their blog and participate!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Okay. Here goes…


Currently reading: I downloaded this eARC from Netgalley a while ago. The cover of The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away by Ronald L. Smith was caught my eye when I first came across this book. I had never read anything by this author but became interested after reading the synopsis. I love a good suspense/paranormal story and am eager to see how this will play out in a middle grade novel. I’m only in the first few chapters so it’s a little early to give too much of an opinion, but upon first impressions, I’m definitely seeing this as a book for older readers. Maybe 10-13 years old. Unfortunately the rating it’s been given on Goodreads makes this book seems not as promising, but I’m giving it a chance. This book will be published 2.19.2019.


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Recently Finished: I actually finished two books this week, but I’ll show the cover of the one I wrapped up last night. A Voice for the Spirit Bears  by Carmen Oliver with illustrations by Katy Dockrill is a beautiful non-fiction picture book about a boy named Simon Jackson who found his voice by advocating to save the rare Kermode bears, or Spirit bears. I loved the artwork and writing style as well as Simon’s passion to save these animals. There will be a more extensive review on this book later this week. It is set to be released 5.7.2019.

The other book I just finished is The Girl with the Dragon Heart by Stephanie Burgis. This is the second book in the Tales from the Chocolate Heart series and was released 11.6.2018. I loved this book even better than the first and am excited to read the next one! You can read my review here and check out the first book in the series here if you’re interested!



Reading Next: I’m really looking forward to reading this YA graphic novel. The book is Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle. This author is more known for writing middle grade fiction, but I do admire that she branched out to YA. I’m interested to see the outcome of this graphic novel. This one is also set to be published on 5.7.2019.






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