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Children’s Books Week: The Birchbark House

Today’s book is The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. I haven’t read this book (as I don’t read much middle grade fiction), but it is on my list because it sounds fascinating. The Birchbark House has been described as the Native version of Little House on the Prairie, which I loved as a child. And it’s a full series, so you can more fully get into the world of an Ojibwe girl, with this book taking place around the year 1847.

Here’s the Goodreads link for more information on The Birchbark House and the rest of the series: .


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Pip Bartlett’s Guide To Magical Creatures

I just finished reading Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater. It’s middle grade fiction about a girl who can talk to magical creatures. It’s delightful. My favorite part was probably the personalities of the different magical creatures. If you are an adult, like me, it’s a  nice book for quick, fun, light reading. And for a child, it is simply a fun book that is easy to read. I don’t usually read middle grade fiction, but this book’s colorful cover caught my eye and I’m glad it did. I plan to read the rest of the trilogy when it’s published.

If you buy this book or check it out from the library, I highly recommend the paper copy and not an ebook. There are illustrated pages of the two main characters and some magical creatures. Also, the pages are bordered in a gray color. So, it’s just a more pleasant experience to read it as a hardcover or paperback.