Have you heard of the website GoodReads? I hadn’t heard of this site until starting my Children’s Lit corse. I would say it is like Netflix for books. While you don’t get to read the book on the site you do get to rate the books you have read. The best part of the site is the recommendations it gives you according to the books you have rated. You can also follow authors you enjoy and see their posts, ratings, and discover more books by that author.

So go check it out at



Books A Million (B.A.M bookstores)

A few weeks ago I was in Rapid City and stopped to check out the BAM bookstore. I was really impressed. I had not been in this store since it had been changed from a Borders bookstore to BAM. I love walking into a huge section of clearance children’s books. I also was so happy to see so many of my childhood books stocked on the shelves. It was fun to look at all of the little critter books at once. They also had all of the Berenstain Bears books and many different options for the classic Corduroy. I also found the book If I Could Keep You Little that I had been wanting to buy for a gift. I found the prices to be very reasonable. The little critter books were only $4 each. 

A bonus reason to love this store is that BAM bookstores give a 20% discount for educators. 
The discount is available to: educators, librarians, and homeschoolers who teach Pre-K through 12th Grade.


Rules by Cynthia Lord


As soon as I opened the cover to this book I was hooked. I have worked with many students with Autism and it has become a passion of mine. I love creating that relationship with each student and learning how they think. Rules by Cynthia Lord, is story written in the prospective of a little girl, Catherine, who has a younger brother with Autism. The book starts out with a page of “rules” Catherine has created for her brother David. A couple of them include: If someone says “hi,” you say “hi” back, Say “thank-you” when someone gives you a present (even if you don’t like it), and no toys in the fish tank. As the story goes on Catherine helps her brother with learning from everyday event’s that turn into new rules. I highly recommend you checking this book out from your local library…you won’t regret it.

Top Ten Books featuring Autism

Top Ten Books featuring Autism Spectrum Disorders by Carrie Cox


A few days ago I came across this link on twitter. Carrie Cox did a wonderful job with this list. For every book on the list she has a picture and description to go with it. Autism is a big interest for me so I was automatically interested in reading many of them. I started looking them up on amazon and the public library website. I was happy to find that the library had the book Rules by Cynthia Lord. This book was the one I was most looking forward to reading. I have started reading this book and will post about my reaction to it a little later.