Reviews

Where are the strong women in children’s books? Here are some favorites.

April 30, 2018

published in the Raleigh News and Observer 4/29/18 http://www.newsobserver.com/living/article208305924.html The series of biographies I read as a child had more heroes than heroines. Still I most relished the ones that featured women. They were some of few strong females I read more »


2017 Wilde Awards for the best books for young readers and young adults

December 20, 2017

(published in the Raleigh News and Observer, December 20, 2017)   You can walk into a bookstore and, in a relatively short time, determine the worth of a 32-page picture book. But do you choose a longer book? Which ones will read more »


The best children’s books of 2017, perfect for gifts or your kid’s home library

November 20, 2017

published in the News and Observer NOVEMBER 19, 2017 06:00 AM I began reviewing children’s books more than 30 years ago because of book-greed – and a husband who said we couldn’t spend half of our budget on my children’s read more »


These two new titles pass a test drive with kids and teachers

October 23, 2017

published in the News and Observer OCTOBER 23, 2017 I’m pretty good at judging the power of a children’s book, but there’s nothing like taking one on a test drive. When classrooms respond either with laughter or complete quiet, I read more »


The characters in these series – for ages 3 to 14 – are worth revisiting

October 2, 2017

(published in the News and Observer, August 20, 2017) I avoid series that have numbers as their most distinguishing feature. I adore those in which characters grow, plots expand or I can return to locales I love. In Kes and Claire read more »


Here’s a bookbag full of stories to help your new learner

September 26, 2017

published by the News and Observer SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 9:12 AM It seems my granddaughter was born just the other day, and now she’s in kindergarten. I sent books to ready her (and her parents) for this transition. My granddaughter read more »


These books can help you have difficult conversations with your kids

July 26, 2017

Published in the Raleigh News and Observer, JULY 21, 2017 Adults broaching difficult situations or subjects with children can initiate hard conversations with books like these new publications.   The uncertainties of today’s world can be overwhelming. Holly McGhee offers read more »


Keep your kids reading all summer with these books

June 24, 2017

  (published in the News and Observer on June 18, 2017) In 1990, I discovered Mildred Taylor’s Newbery-winner “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry” (Dial), a book which has just re-released with new cover art and an introduction by Jacqueline read more »


Anxious tots? These 5 picture books will help you talk it out

May 17, 2017

(published in the Raleigh News and Observer and Charlotte Observer 5/16/17) Writing in classrooms I lead the children through a series of games until we’ve teased out an imaginative narrative. This accents children’s natural ability to play and avoids their read more »


The women behind the ‘tampon run’ video game write a book

April 22, 2017

(published in the News and Observer and Charlotte Observer 4/21/2017) Growing up has always been difficult, but today teens face many more complexities on their paths to becoming adults. Four honest books reveal struggles and offer guidance. In 2014, Andrea read more »