I did not read any children’s books this past two weeks, so here is,

I need to get on the ball and read more kids’ books.

I ordered this book, and it arrived in time for me to send to my great-grand niece for Halloween. She is four, a bit too young to read it herself, but I am sure her parents will read it to her.

tAdorable illustrations throughout

According to the back cover,” Misery Manor is home to the Impalers–the bravest vampire family that ever lived. Except for Vlad–he’s not brave at all. He’s even a bit scared of the dark!” Vlad decides he needs some friends and decides he can find them at school, so off he goes, with his pet bat tagging along. His misadventures provide hilarious moments, and I can’t wait to start this promising book.

I promise to get to bed early tonight, something I did NOT do last night, which caused me to sleep in and not write Saturday Mornings for Kids until four o’clock Saturday afternoon!
Thanks Evin.


On PWR Saturday mornings are reserved for book recommendations for kids.

Today’s title is a fun read as well as a learning experience on literal vs figurative language. The Sixteen Hand Horse, written and illustrated by actor, Fred Gwynne (of The Munsters fame) is today’s selection.

Obviously a literal translation of figurative language

The drawings as well as the phrases selected are sure to bring a chuckle to kid and reader alike. When “Daddy’s car has a crack in its block,” the illustration shows the hood of the car open to reveal a broken alphabet children’s block inside. “Daddy says he won’t play cards if the steaks are too high” reveals foot-thick slabs of meat on the card table. These and others like them are fun for parents and grandparents as well as the children in their lives. Lots of pictures; very few words–the book by Fred Gwynne reminds me of his earlier book in the same vein, The King Who Rained, a book I had for sixth graders to peruse during their free time when they’d completed assignments. Many a smile and a share resulted from having that book in my classroom. This one is headed for my Little Free Library now that I have read it. I highly recommend this book.

This cartoon reminds me of my sixth grade Language Arts students, one of my favorite teaching assignments.
Another great sign off from Evin.



If R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder recommended a book, would you read it? Well, I did. Roll With It, another story of a unique kid who has a disability,  by Jamie Sumner, tells the story of Ellie, who has Cerebral Palsy, a creative, audacious pre-teen trapped in a wheelchair. Because her grandfather has Alzheimer’s, she and her mom must move from a large city to a trailer  park in a tiny town. She wants to be a professional baker, and is really good at it. Robert, who goes by Bert, an autistic kid who is bullied; and Coralee, who has big dreams of becoming a famous singer and lives below the poverty level, are her best friends. The schemes and plans this trio invents will make the reader laugh out loud. I certainly did.


When I did my enjoyable “project” of being a first round reader for the Cybils awards, this was one of my favorite reads. I have copied the old post I did at the time here. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

Ignorance about persons with disabilities is often the cause of negative thoughts and behaviors.


Just as Saturday morning TV programming was reserved for kid’s cartoons back in the 50s and 60s, PWR reserves Saturday mornings for recommendations of kid’s books.

Anything Chip and Joanna Gaines are involved in is of interest to me. I did not watch their home makeover shows on TV, but as soon as they started The Magnolia Journal magazine, I was on board. I followed with interest when they began “The Silos” tourist/shopping experience in Waco, Texas, and am waiting to see how their new TV Network works out.

When I came across a children’s book, written by Joanna, I quickly read/listened to it, ordering both the audiobook and the eBook from the e-section of my local library.

The message of this little book is for kids and grownups alike.

The eBook is wonderfully illustrated, and the audiobook is read by Joanna and her daughter, Emma. It has a strong, inspiring message without being “preachy,” which makes it the perfect read-out-loud for the child in your life.

Thanks to Carla for the sign off.



Today’s selection is a book I’m looking forward to reading. I ordered it from my friendly book-lady at Osborne Books for my LFL.

the Little Free Library in my side yard, a gift that keeps on giving…
I intend to read this soon and place it in my LFL.

The back cover says, “Aurora Beam has just had some BIG NEWS. Her mum is a secret superhero and now Aurora’s own powers are starting to show–sparks of lightning are shooting out of her fingertips!” Wow! who wouldn’t want to read this book? It continues, ” Then an evil supervillain pops up with a plot to steal a very precious stone. Can Aurora save the day, helped (or more likely hindered ) by her fierce friends and a very snooty ostrich?” I mean, wow, even an ostrich thrown in for humor, what’s not to like?

Evin, Addie, Megan, and all my teen blogging friends, heads up; this one’s for you guys!

Thanks, Even for the cool sign-off!


Thanks to Carla for the lovely meme above.
A colorful kids’ version of a remarkable project

Although this lovely book was published in 2010, I didn’t come across it until it was donated to my Little Free Library…

My 69th BD present, a gift that keeps on giving

…by a teacher-friend who was “getting rid of excess books.” Biblioburro is the true story of Luis Soriano, who ives in a remote village in Columbia. I had seen the PBS documentary and heard of several individuals who were emulating his project, but this is the version relevant to and about the kids served by Luis and his burros. It is a colorful, inspiring read.


Just like TV programming in the 50s and 60s, Saturday mornings are reserved for kids on PWR.

Although this is a kid’s book, I found it informative and entertaining as an adult reader. Elizabeth Haidle wrote and illustrated this fine book in 2019, and is a must for every school library. There is something for the very young kids as parents and grandparents read the section on Dr. Seuss aloud, and even a current comic and graphic novel author, Gene Luen Yang, for those older.

10 famous authors are covered.

My specific interest in the book was the chapter on Madeline L’Engle, my topic for a personal “research project.” The book reminds me of a biography series I read as a kid, which featured famous people as children and pointed out how childhood interests and experiences foreshadowed their success as adults. As Pablo Picasso is supposed to have said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain one once he grows up.”

The illustrations are excellent, and the book boils down to a series of ten “graphic biographies.” Also, “Writing Wisdoms” and “First Hand Quotes” add to the reader’s pleasure.

The following authors make appearances: Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, Dr. Seuss, Sandra Cisneros, Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, Gene Luen Yang, Beatrix Potter, C.S. Lewis, and Madeline L’Engle. Besides Madeline L’Engle, Maya Angelou and C.S. Lewis were my favorite chapters. This is a MUST read for any young person who loves to read and loves books!



Just as Saturday morning TV programing was reserved for kids, Saturday mornings on PWR bring recommendations for kids’ reading.

Saturday mornings in the 50s and 60s brought cartoons for kid’s viewing.

Today’s recommendation also happens to be my April selection for The Classics Club, a kid’s classic, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

This is the first month of The Classics Club selections for me. I am going to read a classic every other month for the rest of 2021 with the goal to read 5 classics by Jan. 31, 2022.
Why I never read this book before is a mystery to me. After reading it, I watched a great video version of it as well.

After a young girl’s parents are killed in India, she is sent to live with a reclusive uncle (her mother’s sister’s husband) in a gloomy, old Victorian mansion. There she meets her invalid cousin, her uncle’s son, and later a local boy who runs unsupervised among the property. Left to her own devices to entertain herself, the girl finds a door in the overgrown, neglected garden wall that leads to a glorious, wild and beautiful garden which has been untouched for years and years. Convinced the garden has healing qualities, she convinces her cousin to come and see. The three children begin to cultivate and improve the garden, and as the garden improves so does the cousin.

In an exciting, almost tragic ending, the old Biblical lesson, “…and a little child shall lead them.” comes to fruition as the girl restores beauty and joy to the house and the characters themselves. It is a lovely, uplifting story that is bound to improve anyone’s mood and spirit. I highly recommend it. Perhaps it is better approached as a read-together novel by parent or grandparent and child, since the wording is a bit old-fashioned, and some words may need explaining.


Just as Saturday mornings TV broadcasting used to focus on kids, this blog does the same, recommending books for kids, their parents and grandparents, their teachers, and those who read to them.

Today’s delightful book is

A funny book with excellent life lessons

The narrator, a young boy thinks Mrs. McWee, who lives down the hall in his apartment building, is a witch. But, he’s “not so sure.” He thinks she has ESP, but “he’s not so sure.” He thinks many things and uses scant evidence to back up what he thinks, but his mom has a logical explanation for it all.

Halloween comes, and the boy goes trick-or-treating at Mrs. Mc Wee’s to find something he is sure of. You’ll never guess what it is!

Schwartz, the illustrator, uses black and white drawings spiked with Halloween orange to provide a treat for young and old alike. Enough repetition and rhythm are built in to help the youngest readers read along. It’s fun for all any time of the year.


Thanks Carla of Carla Loves Books for this lovely illustration. Be sure to check out her blog for HER Saturday morning post.

In honor of National Poetry Month, today’s Saturday Mornings for Kids will feature renowned children’s poet, Shel Silverstein.

My introduction to Silverstein came as a sixth grade teacher, who after seeing a review of Light in the Attic in the Houston Chronicle, asked for a copy for her birthday so she might share it with her students.

My students loved the cartoonish illustrations and the sound-rhythms of the poems I read aloud.

Not long after, Silverstein published Where the Sidewalk Ends, and I treated myself to a copy. This was followed by a purchase of Falling Up.

Becoming enamored more and more by Silverstein’s poetry, I took the poetry collections to school, introduced them, and read several poems aloud, sharing the illustrations like a teacher of much younger students might, holding up the book and panning around so all could see them. Afterwards, I would place the books on a side counter, encouraging students who had finished their work to go over to the counter and look at/read them. We even started a “game” where students would take a fancy bookmark left in each book and move it to one of their favorite poems. I think the students were as interested in each other’s tastes in poetry as they were in the poems themselves. I began this introduction to poetry the second or third year I taught sixth graders, and continued it the remaining four years I taught sixth grade in an elementary setting.

Silverstein has something for everyone. The Giving Tree, one of his most emotional narrative poems, appeals to all ages, and touches the hearts of the hardest-hardened adults.

The perfect gift for almost any occasion.