The Clementine Series by Sara Pennypacker

The Clementine Series by Sara Pennypacker

If you’ve followed along for a while, you might remember that it took our older daughter a long time to be interested in chapter book read alouds. Thought she LOVED cuddling up to listen to a picture book, and she’d sit and listen to audiobook chapter books for hours, she had a harder time with chapter book read alouds. Recently, though, both girls changed almost overnight to requesting almost only chapter books when it is time to read together. While we still read lots of lots of picture books (because, remember, they’re great for kids of all ages!), we’ve had a lot of fun exploring chapter books together. Most recently, the girls have been laughing their way through the Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee. Read on for a little information about these books, as well as why we love them! Continue reading “The Clementine Series by Sara Pennypacker”

Three Things to Remind Children Before School, Classes, Lessons, Practices, and Games to Focus Their Minds on Process, Learning, and Growth

Three Things to Remind Children Before School, Classes, Lessons, Practices, and Games  to Focus Their Minds on  Process, Learning, and Growth

Today’s post comes to you from my husband! While I am the one with two degrees in children and ten years of classroom experience, he is by far the more natural parent when it comes to many things… Especially fostering growth mindset. Read on to learn about the routine he created to set our children up for learning and perseverance when they go to classes, school, lessons, etc.

Continue reading “Three Things to Remind Children Before School, Classes, Lessons, Practices, and Games to Focus Their Minds on Process, Learning, and Growth”

The “What Do You Do With…” Series by Kobi Yamada AND an Instagram Giveaway

The “What Do You Do With…” Series by Kobi Yamada AND an Instagram Giveaway

Do you know the “What Do You Do With…?” series from Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom? Two members of this fantastic trilogy made their way onto our growth mindset booklist, and for very good reason. They’re beautifully illustrated, fantastically told, and tangibly inspiring to both children and adults alike! Continue reading “The “What Do You Do With…” Series by Kobi Yamada AND an Instagram Giveaway”

The Mess That We Made by Michelle Lord

The Mess That We Made by Michelle Lord

Do you know about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? More importantly, do your kids know about it? Children are so refreshing in their approach to pretty serious world problems, as they often genuinely believe that they can help (And, in the case of Greta Thunburg, sometimes children are indeed working to make worldwide headway on these problems!). When they learn that smoking is bad or that bees are important, they’re likely to tell anyone who will listen or make fliers to hang up around school or town. Teach them about pollution and just watch as they go crazy picking up trash! So what does this have to do with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Continue reading “The Mess That We Made by Michelle Lord”

Six Fabulous Chinese New Year Picture Books

Six Fabulous Chinese New Year Picture Books

For many, many years of my life, I admittedly knew little about Chinese New Year, aside from the fact that it changed dates each year, people did dragon dances or watched dragon parades, and if you were lucky, you might receive lucky money in a red envelope. As an adult, I’ve learned a little bit more, but as my girls began to learn about these traditions in school, I desired to find good books (of course) so that we could all better understand the Chinese New Year and its history and traditions. This year, Chinese New Year is on Saturday, January 25, 2020, so I’m hoping this list gives you time to snag one or more of these books from your local bookstore or library, so that you and your loved ones can either learn more about or more deeply celebrate the Chinese New Year! Continue reading “Six Fabulous Chinese New Year Picture Books”

Our Favorite Books About Loose Teeth

Our Favorite Books About Loose Teeth

Our first grader has been waiting a LONG time to lose a tooth… Her first friends started losing their teeth almost 2.5 years ago, when they were in preschool, and watching everyone else lose teeth in kindergarten, along with having a class chart tracking how many teeth the class had lost, almost did her in. So, you can imagine the excitement in our house at the beginning of the month when she discovered that she has a loose tooth!

And, making my book-loving heart proud, one of her first questions about it was, “Mommy, do we have any books about loose teeth? I want to read them all tonight!” We had a few to pull out immediately, and I asked on Instagram for more recommendations, which I gathered from the library over the next week or so. So now, we’ve been reading loose tooth and tooth fairy books on repeat in our house! (Easy literacy tip here — when your child is really interested in a topic, whether it be loose teeth or a famous person or the moon, gather those books from your shelves and the library! Children will, of course, read more if they’re interested in the books!). I’m excited to share today our favorite books about losing teeth. Continue reading “Our Favorite Books About Loose Teeth”

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki

Have you ever watched someone perform and been inspired to learn a new skill yourselves? Perhaps it was watching an Olympic gymnast fly through the air, or following a pastry chef on the Great British Baking Show to create a masterpiece cake, or viewing Monet’s masterpieces in an art museum? Or maybe your inspiration came closer to home… In the form of a neighbor who learned to ride her bike without training wheels, a teacher who demonstrated a love of reading, or a grandparent who knit scarves?

In Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, by Chieri Uegaki and Qin Leng, Hana’s inspiration came from her grandfather, Ojiichan, who played Second Violin in a symphony orchestra in Kyoto. Continue reading “Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki”