The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

June 20th, 2016 by

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George SpeareSubmitted by Alexa, Age 10 from Illinois

Rating: ★★★★½

The Witch of Blackbird Pond is I thought very moving and it really shows you how we can treat other people when they are different then us. I would recommend this book to anyone 9 or above.

March Your Eyes Over These Books

March 15th, 2012 by

I don’t really have a favorite month, but I like March. It’s a solid month with a strong name… Soldiers march, ants march, protesters march… and so did women, when they were fighting for equality! That’s why MARCH is the perfect month to honor Women’s History Month!

And what better way to celebrate than by reading some of these awesome Kick-Butt Girl Power books? My personal fave is The Witch of Blackbird Pond, which (haha, which/witch!) Kidsmomo power user Haha Me liked too.

And if you’re up for some laughs, check out Karen’s “interpretation” of ogre-speak from Ella Enchanted (…not that my ogre-like drawing skills are anything to brag about):

So maybe we’re not so great at speaking ogre, but we can certainly blab on and on about books! Check out our “You Go, Girl!” podcast (during which, sadly, “You Go, Girl!” was never actually cheesily said out loud):


Overwhelmed by too much Karen and Nancy? Well, check out these girl-power books picks from Kidsmomo visitors just like you:

So what are you waiting for? March on over to the bookstore, the library, or right over to your bookshelf, and get going!

— Nancy

Sometimes when Nancy feels frightened, she thinks of how Karana (the main character in The Island of Blue Dolphins) survived all by herself on an island for years… and stops being frightened.

Kidsmomo Podcast #22: “You Go, Girl!”

March 30th, 2010 by

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Some women have a quiet, solid strength, while others show off their wild, take-no-prisoners style of power. And then there’s Karen and Nancy… We may not be up to the standards of Wonder Woman, but we can at least spread Girl Power through book recommendations! So check out our latest podcast, all about stories starring totally rockin’ gals. Let’s hear it for the ladies!

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  • Super Cinderella — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our literary heroines — including a censorship-fighting author and an awesome arachnid!
  • Our Girl Power picks (A Crooked Kind of Perfect and The Witch of Blackbird Pond)
  • A review from YOU (The Candy Shop War)

Also, don’t forget: to be fair to both genders, our new theme is books with boys’ names in the titles! So send us a review of your favorite boy-titled book, tell us about a male character you admire, and check out these books named after bros.

— Nancy and Karen

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

March 26th, 2010 by

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George SpeareSubmitted by Hahaha me, Age 11 from Maine

Rating: ★★★★☆

From her first sight of the Connecticut Colony, Kit knew life would be different. The Puritan community she lives in is harsh and expecting. She is not easily welcomed into her new home. Until the day she finds Hannah, the lonely old woman who lives in an isolated meadow. Hannah is kind and friendly, but some call her a witch…

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond is mysterious and thoughtful. Read it before you’re forced to read it in school! Somehow teachers have a way of choosing the worst books to read–but The Witch of Blackbird Pond is better than an old dusty book on the library shelf!

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

March 26th, 2010 by

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid LindgrenSubmitted by Hahaha me, Age 11 from Maine

Rating: ★★★★☆

Don’t let me lie:  Pippi is NOT an average girl of her age. Her full name, she insists, is…)to long to bother telling). Pippi sleeps with her feet on the pillow. She has a monkey. She has a horse, and no stable! Pippi has a wild imagination that always keeps her entertained. Her life is not like other nine-year-old girls. In my opinion, her life is even better.

Yeah, this book is old-fashioned-ish. And yes, it is one of those AMAZING old-fashioned-ish books. This book is funny, thought-provoking and makes you want to jump right into the pages of it. It is ridiculous that Pippi Longstocking is not a great classic yet!

Book Trailer: Ella Enchanted

March 23rd, 2010 by

This book trailer for Ella Enchanted was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Girl Power theme. For more on Ella Enchanted, check out our “You Go, Girl!” podcast.

Yeah, having to follow your parents’ rules can definitely be annoying sometimes, but it could be worse — you could be like the heroine in Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Because of a magic spell, she’s forced to do anything that anyone tells her to, even if it means hurting herself or the people she loves. Rough…

Luckily, our heroine has enough spunk, strength, and sheer Girl Power to overcome the odds — like, say, when she meets a few ogres. Watch our video to see how she gets out of that predicament!

Kick-Butt Girl Power Books

March 16th, 2010 by

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating Girl Power here at Kidsmomo!

From a wrongly accused witch, to a girl who really does have magical powers…

From a foster child fighting to connect with her real mom, to a child of nobility fighting to break free from her parents’ rules…

From a daughter on a quest to help her parents, to an orphan struggling for her own survival…

The stars of these recommended reads (in no particular order) are amazing role models for March or any month:

  1. A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban (Karen’s pick)
  2. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (Nancy’s pick)
  3. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  4. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  5. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  6. Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  7. The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane
  8. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  9. Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
  10. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
  11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  12. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  13. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell,
  14. A Long Way to Go by Zibby O’Neal
  15. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  16. There’s a Girl in My Hammerlock by Jerry Spinelli
  17. Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite Girl Power book!

UPDATE 3/30/10: We revealed the answer to our Girl Power Mystery Book Theater in the “You Go, Girl!” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in to hear Karen yell, “GRRRL POWER” a few times too many!