Posts From Candace Hardy


A little late in arriving but my tulips say spring is here. I’d like to start this month’s review with something for the Itty Bitty Kitties. WHEN SPRING COMES by Kevin Henkes Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. This little picture book is

We are slightly snowed in on this sunny Saturday, April 9th. But I am cheered by the opportunity to review a new book from Guardian Angel’s author Barbara Bockman. Let me back up briefly. About a week ago, I had

If your part of the country is like NW Ohio, you’ve probably experienced very little spring time weather. Cold, rainy, flurries here have turned  what should be kite flying and bike riding weather into hunker down with hot chocolate and

Happy spring, everyone. We’re nearing the wonders that come with spring, which means, especially for children, not only Easter and Passover but spring break. I’m beginning this months review with some amazing pieces for Itty Bitty Kitties.   The Easter

Coretta Scott King Honor Book recipient Jewell Parker Rhodes has spun an amazing midgrade novel emanating from her love of Louisiana. After four sisters have spent summers in the bayou with Grandmere, it is finally Maddie’s turn. Unlike her sisters

Take Me with You by Carolyn Marsden In a post WWII orphanage in Italy, Istituto di Gesu Bambino, two little girls, Pina and Susanna, best friends, wonder if they will ever have a real family. Having believed they were orphans,  they

I’m starting this month, featuring stories honoring African Americans, both fictional and real-life heroes. But let’s begin with some wonderful “heartfelt” picture books for the Itty Bitty Kitties. Mewly Reading Kitties will enjoy the repetitive phrases and likely wish to

I hope you were able to find time to join me in January’s read, Ranson Riggs’ debut novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.This month’s reads definintely fell under the genre of YA horror, psy-fi, chillers. Miss Perregrine’s Home for

The prolific author R.L. Stine elicits many memories. My children, my son in particular, gobbled up his Goosebumps series. We all watched the wonderful TV shows based on the books. Truth be told, he probably got a number of young male

When the economy and a job loss cause the Anderson family to move, the distance from Connecticut to rural West Virginia is more than just miles for Daniel and his sister Erica. Coming from a somewhat privileged lifestyle of private