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!”

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”

The Importance of Front-Facing Books– and How to Display Them

The Importance of Front-Facing Books– and How to Display Them

If you’ve followed me for any period of time at all, then you know by now that I LOVE our front-facing bookshelf. It was an investment we chose to make almost 4 years ago (see photo below), and it has been worth every single penny. Being able to see the cover of a book is so beneficial in so many ways to children! Continue reading “The Importance of Front-Facing Books– and How to Display Them”

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”