Welcome to Through the Looking Glass

Happy New Year! Welcome to the January and February 2011 issue of Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews. I have put together a wonderful collection of reviews for you for this issue, and I hope you enjoy reading the reviews as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

As always, the books reviewed on TTLG are carefully chosen by the editor. We only review books that suit the scope of TTLG, and that we feel have something to offer readers. Therefore, all our reviews are positive ones. We hope this will help you to find excellent books for the young people in your lives. If you are looking for books for yourself, we hope you will find books that you will enjoy reading. Please consider buying books through this website. Your purchases help to support our work, and give us the means to improve this online resource.

For this issue I have decided to look at books that are about Food and Cooking. Recently my ten-year-old daughter baked her first cake, with “only a little help” from her father. She was immensely proud of her cake, and she also enjoyed sharing an afternoon in the kitchen with her dad. True, there was flour all over the kitchen, and batter ended up in many unusual places, but she had fun, which is what is important. In this feature you will find fictional stories about food, cookbooks, and nonfiction titles about food and food history. I hope these titles will inspire you share your kitchen with the young people in your life. There is nothing like cooking together and sharing a meal to bring people together.

Where I live, January and February are the coldest months of the year. Winter has a tight hold on the land, and crackling fires in the fireplace are welcome. This is the perfect time of year to read lots of books, and you might find that some of these seasonal wintery books hit the spot. If you live in a place where snow falls, then these Snowy Days will be a perfect fit. If you don’t get snow in your region, then you might enjoy being able to enjoy snow through the pages of a good book.

For this month’s Editor’s Choice title, I have selected Toby Alone,by Timothee de Fomelle. This is an extraordinary book about a very small little person who has to deal with very big problems.

Finally, take a look at the new Bookish Calendar. Here you will find reviews about Paul Cezanne, Valentine’s Day, Buffalo Bill, the discovery of gold in California in 1848, and much more. This calendar is a great tool to use at home and in the classroom to help children incorporate books more fully into their lives.

-:Bookish Events for January and February:-

February is National Black History Month – Find reviews that suit this event here.

February is Library Lover’s Month – Find reviews of books about libraries here.

I hope you find a way to celebrate some, if not all,  of these bookish events. If I have missed an important bookish event, please drop me a line to tell me about it.

For those of you don’t know already, I also publish a blog about children’s books and the children’s book world. On the blog I post reviews, interviews with great authors and illustrators, I offer book giveaways, and I tell you about interesting contests and bookish events. Do visit the blog and sign up for the feed. I am doing something new this year. I will be reviewing a picture book for every day of 2011. Please join the 2011 TTLG Picture Book Celebration!

At the beginning of last year, I launched the new website, and all the new content for every issue is on this new website. However, a large part of the old content is still on the old site. You can still get to this content, but it is not integrated into the new site. Moving the 4,000 reviews over is going to take some time, and I appreciate your patience while I work on this.

I hope you enjoy this new issue, and I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,