This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

While I love funny, silly children’s books that are purely enjoyable, I am a sucker for books that help my children to become better people. Books that help them better understand themselves; books that equip them to deal with life in a more productive, positive, kind way. And books that help them better understand others; books that help bridge gaps and build relationships; books that help people understand and respect those who look or act differently. Books that make our large world a little smaller, a little more familiar, a little less scary. This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids From Around the World by Matt Lamothe is one of those books. Continue reading “This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe”

For the Love of Clipboards

For the Love of Clipboards

I write a lot about the importance of making reading and books exciting, engaging, and accessible to children (see this post, this post, and this post). But recently, a friend asked me why we always have clipboards around our house, and I realized I should share easy ways to make writing accessible, too! So, today is all about… clipboards! Continue reading “For the Love of Clipboards”

Instagram Giveaway!

Instagram Giveaway!

To celebrate the month of love, kindness, and giving, I have joined some amazing Instagram accounts to bring a little more bookish love into your February. This month is often filled with chocolates and flowers – but you know we love good kids’ books around here!!

The giveaway includes:

1.  Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems

2.  The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems

3.  Pigeon Soft Toy from Yottoy Productions, Inc.

4.  A Malala Yousafzai themed WonderCrate Box (including Who is Malala Yousafzai book, Give Voice Postcards, Roll Models Card game, Metal carrying case and magnet) from Wonder Crate

5.  A white library card tote bag from Out of Print

Do you want a chance to win? Simply visit my Instagram page (you can find it by clicking here!), find my post from Monday, February 4, and follow the directions to enter! Best of luck to you– I hope you win!

Our Caldecott Medal Opinions 2019

Our Caldecott Medal Opinions 2019

The Academy Awards of children’s literature, the American Library Association’s youth media awards, were announced Monday morning… A few followers had asked me to hold off on sharing my thoughts, because they were still reading through hopeful award winners for their own mock votes with their children, but given how absolutely excited I was for the day to come and to see what won each award, I’ve held off as long as I can! Continue reading “Our Caldecott Medal Opinions 2019”

My Papa is a Princess by Doug Cenko

My Papa is a Princess by Doug Cenko

I received My Papa is a Princess, by Doug Cenko, from Blue Manatee Press in exchange for an open and honest review before the holidays, and I knew immediately I’d share it soon into the new year… a picture book about a dad who is everything to his daughter? This book hits close to home in our 2-daughter house. Continue reading “My Papa is a Princess by Doug Cenko”

Car Books!

Car Books!

Where do your kids read? On the couch? Cuddled in a cozy chair with you? Lying in bed at night?

You probably have books in your children’s rooms. If you have a playroom, you may have a bookshelf or a basket of books there, too. If you’re like us, you also have a random basket beside the couch in the main living area, as well as by the kitchen table and on the back of the toilet… Two very logical places where kids sit still for a few minutes and are a captive audience!

Those are all wonderful options, but let’s think even more broadly… Continue reading “Car Books!”