If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen

If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen

It’s no secret that we LOVE Chris Van Dusen around here! In fact, we love him so much that I pre-ordered If I Built a School the day I heard it was being published, and I try really, really hard not to buy books until I’ve seen them in person. But, I believed it wouldn’t disappoint, and I was right! Continue reading “If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen”

Three Wonderful Books Highlighting Socio-Economic Diversity and Kindness

Three Wonderful Books Highlighting Socio-Economic Diversity and Kindness

Last week, I posted lists of our favorite first day of school books, as well as our favorite school stories for building empathy, kindness, awareness, and self-love. Today, I thought I’d highlight three of those favorite stories: The Hundred Dresses, Each Kindnessand Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse. All three of these stories build around similar themes (socioeconomic diversity, inclusion, and kindness among others!) but can target different ages or interests, and all three are absolutely worth reading! Continue reading “Three Wonderful Books Highlighting Socio-Economic Diversity and Kindness”

Back-to-School Giveaway on Instagram!

Back-to-School Giveaway on Instagram!

It’s back-to-school giveaway time over on Instagram! I’ve got an amazing giveaway for you all today, and thanks to many generous authors and illustrators, TWO of you have a chance to win something! I will randomly pick 2 winners and send EACH an amazing set of back-to-school books, a signed print from The King of Kindergarten, and a copy of Jim Trelease’s The Read-Aloud Handbook (6th edition).

The giveaway is running on Instagram, so be sure to check out my latest post on Instagram (you can also find me at https://www.instagram.com/childrenslitlove/). You are not going to want to miss this one! Continue reading “Back-to-School Giveaway on Instagram!”

Our Favorite School Stories for Social-Emotional Growth

Our Favorite School Stories for Social-Emotional Growth

Yesterday, I posted our favorite first day of school stories, a collection of books that will help children of all ages and experiences get ready for that first day of school. Up today is a list of our favorite school stories that help to set students up for a positive year.

I started to write this list a few weeks ago, planning to share it today. And then the tragedies that hit our country over the last 10 days happened, and it feels even more important to share these titles now. These are stories of kindness and inclusion, stories that help children build empathy and understanding of self and others, stories of self-love and self-confidence. In short, these are stories children need. I love reading these year-around, but they’re perfect for helping children start their school years off on the right feet. They’re perfect to read at home or at school, independently or as a read aloud. And they’re timeless. So get them from your library or take the plunge and purchase them to own! Continue reading “Our Favorite School Stories for Social-Emotional Growth”

Our Favorite First Day of School Books

Our Favorite First Day of School Books

It’s back-to-school season! Whether you’ve got a preschooler preparing for his first school experience or a rising fifth grader who is seasoned and suave, reading picture books about the first day of school can help children of any age transition to the next stage or grade. Below, I’ve got you covered for whatever grade your children are starting! You can find books perfect for first-time preschoolers, kindergarteners, bus riders, elementary students… I’ve even got a few books perfect for the siblings being left behind when their older brothers or sisters start school! Be sure to scroll all the way down for the list(s) that might be best for your family. Continue reading “Our Favorite First Day of School Books”

Three Hugely Impactful Books in Our House This Week

Three Hugely Impactful Books in Our House This Week

These three books made a HUGE difference in our oldest daughter’s last 24 hours. No, we’re not moving, and fortunately our first day of school is still a month away…

Rather, the last day of camp was making my oldest anxious! She had attended a wonderful camp this week with two friends, but they were both not attending the last day… And she was incredibly unsure about going without them. Unsure enough that she cried many big, fat tears about it between pickup yesterday afternoon and bedtime last night.

And trust me, I contemplated letting her skip today and spend the morning with me. That would have been a lot easier and made her much happier much more quickly. But, my husband and I both agreed that one of our jobs is to gently push her to work through new and uncomfortable situations. So, we did! Of course, I grabbed some books I thought would be helpful (Mae’s First Day of School and The Kissing Hand happened to be on my desk because I’m updating my back-to-school lists, and I scrambled to get my hands on When You Are Brave quickly!), and we read a lot while dissecting what today was going to be like for her. Continue reading “Three Hugely Impactful Books in Our House This Week”

Picture Books to Inspire Letter Writing

Picture Books to Inspire Letter Writing

If you saw my post last week about combatting the summer slide, you may have noticed that we’re encouraging the girls to send letters and postcards to friends and family, and that we’ve started a Conversation Journal (a notebook of letters back and forth) with our oldest. As a way to inspire writing these letters, we’ve also been reading lots of picture books told mostly (or completely, in many cases) through epistolary form. Friendly letters, persuasive writing, thank you notes, even a few business letters– these books have it all! At the bottom of this post, I’ve also included a few wonderful novels written in letter format, for those of you with older readers who may be looking for more! Continue reading “Picture Books to Inspire Letter Writing”