I have gathered together some outstanding books for both of these observances. The first five books celebrate America and the rest deal with Black History Month. The first book and the last two books are historical fiction and are good for ages nine and up. The rest of the books are picture books and are best suited for ages seven and up.
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Suspense readers will especially enjoy this trio of novels written by three top writers, Julie Coulter Bellon, Kathi Oram Peterson and Julie Daines. Second Look is contemporary, Bloodline begins with the death and mystery left behind by a medieval queen, and From Ash and Stone takes the reader back almost four centuries. All three are well written, carefully researched "stay up all night reading" books.
One of my favorite holidays is Valentine’s Day because it celebrates love and kindness to others. The following books do just that – celebrate love. In addition, the coveted Newbery and Caldecott awards were just announced. Here are the winners.
'Healing Hearts' by Sarah M. Eden and 'White Out' by Brett Cain are outstanding novels that will touch hearts and invite introspection. They focus on different time periods. Eden's novel is told from a woman's point of view and is classified as an Historical, while Cain's a man's point of view and is Contemporary Mystery/Suspense.
The days are short, and the nights are dark and long. If you’re looking for a nice picture book to settle youngsters down for the night – look no further. Some of these books are about sleep and others are just great stories. All of these books are quick reads and are perfect for ages three to seven.
The few Westerns such as Sarah Eden's 'Hope Springs' and 'Savage Wells' series that have drawn wide attention in recent years were more often classified as Historical, Pioneer fiction, or even Romances. But Kate Palmer has gone a step further in creating Contemporary Westerns with all of the horses, cowboys, outlaws, cattle, vast tracts of land, and small town sheriffs of the Old West updated to the present time.
It’s winter and the season of snow and cold. Here are some wonderful books celebrating this magical time of year. All are picture books and are good for ages three to eight.