Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead

Oh, Philip and Erin Stead… A duo that can do no wrong, in my opinion. Now, I love anything Philip C. Stead writes; they tend to be very sweet friendship stories that you want to turn to again and again. And Erin Stead’s illustrations? They are pleasant and easy on the eyes, yet full of so much detail that you can find something new and delightful with each reading! Put the two together and magic happens, such as with their Caldecott Medal winner A Sick Day for Amos McGee (see my Instagram recommendation here), and today’s book, Bear Has a Story to Tell. Continue reading “Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead”

Florette by Anna Walker

Florette by Anna Walker

Okay, so Florette by Anna Walker was listed on so many “Best of 2018” lists that I decided I needed to check it out myself… We’re now on our 3rd and final renewal of Florette from our local library, and this book will definitely go on our wish list for books we’d love to own. (I try to put books to buy into an Amazon wish list instead of directly into my Amazon cart… I like to think this helps me purchase fewer books and better utilize our public library, but the jury is still out!). But I digress… Continue reading “Florette by Anna Walker”

Giraffe Problems by Jory John

Giraffe Problems by Jory John

I have seen so many rave reviews of this book since it was published in September, but I hadn’t gotten my hands on it yet… So I was thrilled that one of my girls unwrapped Giraffe Problems by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith, at our playgroup’s annual winter book exchange! We immediately read, reread, and reread again, and I knew I wanted to share this book with you after my social media holiday break. So, here you go! Continue reading “Giraffe Problems by Jory John”

Why and How We Rotate Books

Why and How We Rotate Books

Do you ever wonder why your children don’t seem excited to grab books off of your shelves full of amazing and wonderful reads more frequently? Did your children, like mine, receive so many new books for the holidays that you’re not really sure what to do with them? Are you, like so many people these days, trying to embrace a more minimalist home? If the answer to any of these questions was yes, then read on for a wonderful solution… Continue reading “Why and How We Rotate Books”

Made by Maxine by Ruth Spiro

Made by Maxine by Ruth Spiro

Admittedly, it is rare for someone to gift us a book that is completely new to me… In fact, I’m often told we’re a pretty difficult family for whom to buy books. Every now and then, however, someone knocks it out of the park with a complete surprise of a book, which is always exciting. This year’s completely new-to-me book that we are THRILLED to have is Made by Maxine, by Ruth Spiro (you may already know her “Baby Loves Science” board books, such as Baby Loves Coding! and Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!) and illustrated by Holly Hatam (who illustrated Dear Girl, which we also received this holiday season and are thrilled to have!). Continue reading “Made by Maxine by Ruth Spiro”

Winter Books We’re Loving

Winter Books We’re Loving

Given that we live in a climate so mild that our girls talk about “going to winter” rather than winter being an actual season they experience at home, we tend to wait till after the holiday season to bust out winter books. It’s not like we need to read snow books while we celebrate the first snow or anything like that… But, since today is the first official day of winter, I figured I’d celebrate by sharing some of our favorite books about winter and snow with you! Continue reading “Winter Books We’re Loving”

How Our Family Uses Audiobooks

How Our Family Uses Audiobooks

Since I started my Instagram page at the end of July, the questions I get most often are related to how to use audiobooks with kids– when did we start, how do my kids listen, what books have they enjoyed, etc. So, at long last, here are answers to the questions I most frequently get about how our family does audiobooks! Continue reading “How Our Family Uses Audiobooks”