Category Archives: Book Talks

Easter Bunny Read Alouds

Looking for entertaining Easter bunny stories? Here are three that can be enjoyed by children ages 3 and up. The Littlest Bunny series by Lily Jacobs is a rhyming story in which the Easter Bunny visits landmarks around the United States to hide eggs. The series begins the same in all of them but in each one of the individual titles featuring a particular state or city, the Easter Bunny hides eggs in well-known landmarks for that particular place.

In Anna and the Chocolate Easter Bunny by Kathleen Amant, a brother and a sister hunt for eggs. When the younger brother drops and breaks the chocolate bunny, Anna is very upset, but when the mother decides to melt the pieces to make cocoa, the siblings are once again happy. This is a great book to talk about problem solving.

In Turkey’s Eggcellent Easter by Wendi Silvano, Turkey is disguising himself to get in on the kids egg hunt. He fails many times, but finally gets a prize at the end. The book is very funny and will entertain young readers.

Star Passage: Honor and Mercy by Clark Rich Burbidge

Middle readers looking for a series about time travel adventure will enjoy the third book in the series, Honor and Mercy. I would suggest the first two books in the series be read to fully appreciate the evil “trackers” who want to destroy the earth.

Check out this link to read more about the series.

The readers quickly gets pulled into the story as one of the main characters is skateboarding and is seriously injured. The story follows his rehab and introduces him to characters in the first two books who time travel and fight the trackers.

Themes of Christianity and history make this an interesting read as the characters try to do what is good to help the world in the past and the present.

School Tales by Sharon Myrick

Schema: high school, rite of passage, making decisions

Text-to-Self Connections: making hard choices, learning tolerance

Themes: learning to think for one’s self, rites of passage, respect for all people

Point of View: The book is divided into different sections to hear the main characters thoughts. The reader can see the maturing and growth of the students as the novel progresses.

Book Talk: The novel focuses on a group of very mature high school teens who decide they want to learn through deep discussions and project based learning. They convince their parents to allow them leave a private high school for the local college faculty’s kids and transfer to a local public school where the principal and teachers are open to their ideas to change the world. All of the characters are very intelligent. There’s a mystery involving a death, an older girl-younger boy sexual relationship, friendships, parent-child communication struggles, drug dealers, and other topics that would intrigue teen readers.

The author leans to the liberal side in the dialogue about world issues. Throughout the story the students tackle big food companies over farming  food co-ops. They have discussions about how colleges use different types of testing for admission, values about religion versus extremist, political leadership, how people treat and view immigrants, freedom, young love, bi-racial identification, gender identity, bullying, learning to listen and communicate effectively, and “living a life worth living.” 

The seniors decide to snap their fingers instead of clapping when they approve of something the teachers or principal says bringing back the memories of the very beatnik sixties.  The characters in this book are way cool.

Students age 16+ would enjoy the book. This might be the book to turn a nonreader into a reader if they run across this title and start reading it. It’s a good read and captures the interest of the reader quickly.