Our Annual Children’s Book Exchange Party

Our Annual Children’s Book Exchange Party

Earlier this week, our neighborhood playgroup had our 7th annual winter/holiday book exchange party with our children. Yes, we’ve been doing this for seven years, which means we started when our oldest children were a mere few months old. Though our playgroup no longer meets weekly, the children eagerly anticipate this book exchange party every December, and no matter how busy our schedules get, the moms in the group do our very best to make this gathering a priority! Read on for a little information (and hopefully inspiration!) for how we run our book exchange. Continue reading “Our Annual Children’s Book Exchange Party”

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

Do you know Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen? The duo is practically unbeatable when it comes to authoring and illustrating incredible books for children, but most of their books tend to make children laugh. Though Extra Yarn does have some funny images, it’s got a much more serious tone than their other books… Yet my girls would tell you this is their favorite Barnett/Klassen book (yes, even more than the “Hat” series or the “shape” series). While we love reading this one year-round, December is the perfect month to bust it out with your children. Yes, you read that right– take a break from your Christmas reading and read this one! Read on to see what makes Extra Yarn so amazing.
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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, we had a very cold weekend (cold for us, at least…) and I know many of you around the world have had your first snowfalls already, so I figured I’d share my updated list of winter books we’re loving with you all right now.

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Pies from Nowhere

Pies from Nowhere

I just love it when a children’s book teaches me something completely new, something I had no idea existed or had never thought of before… Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Dee Romito, illustrated by Laura Freeman, was one of those books for me. Read on to see how Georgia and her group of brave friends became an integral part of the Montgomery Bus Boycott —  and why this is a terrific book to read this time of year! Continue reading “Pies from Nowhere”

How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo

How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo

A few weeks ago, when I told my Instagram followers that I had received How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo (editors of The New York Times Book Review and parents themselves), I got an onslaught of messages asking me for my thoughts on it! I was able to finish this on a flight a few weekends ago, but I spent some time going through the pages and paragraphs I had marked to choose some of my favorites to share with you… So, at long last, I’ve got some information for you about How to Raise a Reader! Continue reading “How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo”

Delightful (and Informative!) Picture Books about Hanukkah

Delightful (and Informative!) Picture Books about Hanukkah

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah in your house or are simply looking to educate your children about a holiday some of their friends or family might celebrate, I think the list I’ve gathered below will give you a great place to start! You might laugh, you might cry, you might be wowed… You also might learn a little something along the way about the Maccabees, the Festival of Lights, and Hanukkah traditions such as making latkes and playing with dreidels. Keep reading to see Hanukkah titles we love, as well as a little info about each.
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Our Book Choices for Native American Heritage Month

Our Book Choices for Native American Heritage Month

Ah, October… The start of the marathon of holidays and celebrations and themes that takes us to the new year. While I posted our favorite titles about gratitude/thankfulness and the Thanksgiving holiday last week, they actually still haven’t made it onto our front-facing shelves yet. Instead, we’re taking the first half of November to focus on reading about Native Americans, in recognition of Native American Heritage Month, which takes place in November.

According to the National Congress of American Indians, Native American Heritage Month is

“A time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.” (from the NCAI website)

To that end, here are the books we’ve been reading this month! Continue reading “Our Book Choices for Native American Heritage Month”