My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems

Last week I was chatting with Kim and casually mentioned the Elephant and Piggie books.  She gave me a blank stare.  “You know, the ones by Mo Willems.  You do know Mo Willems, right?”  More blank staring.  At that moment I knew my next review would be a Mo Willems book, because he is the…

Birth Traditions & Modern Pregnancy Care by Jacqueline Vincent Priya

  Since I’m due with baby #2 in a couple weeks, I’ve been voraciously reading through my midwife’s library of pregnancy and birth books. Most of them have been pretty standard fare about what to expect and tips on coping with labor–the usual self-help stuff. And while several of the books have shifted my paradigm…

List: 10 Utah Authors

In case you hadn’t noticed, things have been dark on Bookburger for the past couple of weeks.  The reason: Shannon was moving!  We decided that in honor of her move back to Utah, we would highlight some of our favorite Utah authors.   Usually we are all about the books rather than the authors around…

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

It’s been 733 days since Jessie’s mom died, 45 days since her dad eloped with a stranger he met on the internet, 30 days since they moved across the country to California, and 7 days since she started an intimidating (and ultra rich) prep school when an email arrives. A person calling themselves Somebody Nobody…

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Albert Einstein is the most famous scientist of the 20th century.  His name is synonymous with genius.  But what if his wife played a more integral part in his groundbreaking theories than we previously thought?  What if his “miracle year” was made possible because of her?  What if the true genius was a virtually unknown…

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Alice Love is confused when she wakes up at a gym (A gym? What’s she doing at a gym?) and a bunch of strangers flood her with odd questions. The last thing she remembers is being 29, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. But it turns out she’s now…

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Philip Ashley was raised by his older cousin, Ambrose, on a large estate in Cornwall, England.  While Ambrose is in Italy for the winter, he meets, falls in love with, and marries his distant cousin Rachel.  After a series of cryptic and somewhat alarming letters from Ambrose indicating he is being poisoned, Philip decides to…

It doesn’t feel like a coincidence to 17-year-old Calvin that he was born on the day the last Calvin and Hobbes comic strip was published, that his parents named him Calvin, or that he had a stuffed tiger named Hobbes growing up. So when Hobbes shows up and starts talking to him one day and…

14 of Our Childhood Favorites

We come from a family of readers.  Of course we do, our parents are both librarians.  So we each have fond memories of books we read, or had read to us, in our childhoods.  I have to say, no matter how new and fresh and amazing the new children’s books that come out every year…

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett

Imagine that you are a 10-year-old boy who has received a book called Birthday Bunny from your GranGran for your birthday.  Do you: A) Treasure it’s sweet message and read it often? B) Throw it away? C) Use your trusty pencil to create it into a completely different book that you enjoy much more? This…