An Honest Review of Literati Kids Book Clubs — Round 2

An Honest Review of Literati Kids Book Clubs — Round 2

You may remember that a few weeks ago, I posted an unsponsored review of Literati Kids Book Clubs. That review served as a broad overview of the company, as my older daughter and I learned more about it in general. Today, I’ve got Round 2 of our unsponsored Literati reviews! We received our second Literati Kids box last week, and I thought that this time, I’d focus on the variety of books they send you and their price points, as well as the ease of the return process (if you choose to take advantage of it). After all, I think the “try before you buy” aspect of Literati Kids is what sets it apart from other children’s book subscription boxes! Read on for more about the variety of books, prices, and return process!

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A Calendar to Give Children Control of Their Days

A Calendar to Give Children Control of Their Days

How do your kids keep track of what is happening and when it will happen in their lives? For probably three years now, we’ve used this little beauty (it lives on one of our kitchen cabinets next to our eating table)… When the girls were really little, I’d just write their initials and draw a little picture representing what they were going to do each day (since they couldn’t read). When quarantine hit, I took it off of the cabinet, because there was no reason to have it up. But, we dragged it out again a few weeks ago, because we finally have a few (socially distanced, outdoors, and safe…) things to do these days, and we realized both children benefited from having control over knowing what to anticipate each day and week.

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The “A Kids Book About…” Series

The “A Kids Book About…” Series

Have you seen the A Kids Book About…” series yet? I had seen the books floating around Instagram for a while and been intrigued, so I decided to take advantage of a 25% off sale (plus free shipping on 3 or more books) that they had this summer and give them a try. With more than 25 titles to choose from, it was a tough decision which to buy, and I could have spent a small fortune on these. But, I managed to narrow it down to A Kids Book About Money, A Kids Book About Empathy, and A Kids Book About Racism. Read on to learn a little about the series, to see our impressions based on these three books, and to get a quick peek at which titles I have my eye on next!

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Hunter’s Best Friend at School by Laura Malone Elliott

Hunter’s Best Friend at School by Laura Malone Elliott

Okay, so we all know that it’s important — and hard — to stand up to people we don’t know well, or strangers we don’t know at all, when they are doing something wrong, hurtful, or mean… But let’s be honest for a minute. It’s just as important, and often much harder, to stand up to our friends when they do wrong. And unfortunately, children’s books about standing up to our friends are often much harder to find! For an elementary audience, you all know that I love The Hundred Dresses (you can read my full review of this gem here). Today, I’ve got a delightful picture book aimed at younger readers and listeners about doing the right thing when your best friend is trying hard to pull you off track — Hunter’s Best Friend at School by Laura Malone Elliott, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger.

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Bedtime on Noah’s Ark by Brock Eastman and Declan Eastman

Bedtime on Noah’s Ark by Brock Eastman and Declan Eastman

Okay, everyone, I have an extremely delightful bedtime board book for you today, and to make it even more lovely, Bedtime on Noah’s Ark was written by a father/son duo, Brock and Declan Eastman! Read on to learn a little about their inspiring book.

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Our Favorite Day of the Year and Hats of Faith

Our Favorite Day of the Year and Hats of Faith

When everyone was sharing first-day-of-school books, Our Favorite Day of the Year popped up on tons of lists. I had to wait for our library to get it in and processed, but I was first in line for it when they did… and it’s just delightful! We paired it with Hats of Faith, a terrific board book, for a wonderfully informative and diverse storytime. Read on to see what makes these two books so special!

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Say Something by Peggy Moss

Say Something by Peggy Moss

On Sunday night, we had our next Family Focus Trait family meeting about being upstanders. During this meeting, we read the book Say Something by Peggy Moss, illustrated by Lea Lyon, and we went through a few role plays in which we practiced what we might say or do to be upstanders. If you don’t know the book Say Something by Peggy Moss, please read on to learn about it, as I think it’s a valuable book for both home and classroom libraries!

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Bobby Babinski’s Bathtub by Judy Young

Bobby Babinski’s Bathtub by Judy Young

If you’re a parent, then you’ve likely battled a child over bathtime at some point in your parenting career. And, as with most parts of a child’s day, did you know that people have written wonderful books for children about bathtime, helping to make bathtime fun and exciting for your reluctant bathers? Reminiscent of Chris Van Dusen’s If I Built books, Bobby Babinski’s Bathtub, written by Judy Young and illustrated by Kevin M. Barry, is one such book. Read on to see what makes this such a delightful celebration of taking a bath!

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Easy Ways for Parents to Prepare Kids to Learn to Read and Write

Easy Ways for Parents to Prepare Kids to Learn to Read and Write

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you’ve likely picked up on the fact that I’m not at all worried about teaching my girls to read before they start kindergarten (and, then, I’m not worried about teaching them myself… I trust our teachers to let me know if we need to work on anything from home!). But, I know that kindergarten readiness is at the forefront of many parents’ minds over the course of that year leading up to kindergarten. Step back and take a relaxing breath, though, because if you follow me, you’re likely already doing all that you need to do to help your child be ready to read and write when the time comes!

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Our Favorite Books About Elections, Democracy, and America

Our Favorite Books About Elections, Democracy, and America

All right, everyone, we’re just under a month away from Election Day 2020! Does anyone else remember going to the polls with your parents as a kid? I have truly fond memories of Election Days as a child (and not just because we got the day off of school!). I learned so much through those days…

So, use this Election Day as a chance to teach your children about our election process. Remember to vote, and take your kids with you (or let them watch you fill out your ballot at home). While you’re at it, use this time to talk with your kids about America, our democracy, our various elected officials and their roles in our lives, and the issues important to you and those around you.

Below, I’ve shared a few of my favorite titles about our country and our democracy in action, and of course, our presidents and presidential elections. Check out the titles here, and try to get your hands on a few between now and November 3.

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