Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

A few days ago, I posted about Stuck, one of our favorite silly picture books to read. Up today, I’ve got another laugh-inducing picture book for you– Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis. In Du Iz Tak? we meet a wonderful community of insects, bugs, and spiders that observe with awe and wonder a new plant shooting up in their area. Written in a completely made-up language and illustrated in delightful detail, you and your children will love reading and listening to this one over and over again! Continue reading “Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis”

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

As some of you may know, our girls have gone to a wonderful play-based preschool here in our neighborhood. One of the only teacher-driven times in their day is storytime, which takes place at the very end of the morning and focuses on repeated readings of the same book throughout the week. I’ve discovered many of our favorite books there (like Strictly No Elephants, which happened to be the first book I reviewed on Instagram!). One favorite that both girls got to experience during their time at this school was Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers… A book we’ve since checked out from the library multiple times (really, by now we should just buy it!) and appreciate so much that it made my list of 90 picture books to read in 90 days of summer! So, what makes Stuck so loved in our house? Continue reading “Stuck by Oliver Jeffers”

A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple (and other moon books)

A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple (and other moon books)

Do you love Owl Moon? Do you have kids who love all things space? Are you trying to teach your children about America’s first moon landing as we approach the 50th anniversary of that momentous accomplishment? Or maybe you remember exactly where you were on that magical day? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then be sure to get your hands on A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple, illustrated by Matt Phelan, before July 20, 2019! Continue reading “A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple (and other moon books)”

Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner by Jessie Hartland

Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner by Jessie Hartland

Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner, written and illustrated by Jessie Hartland, was released just last month (May 21, 2019, to be exact). I had read advance reviews of it throughout the spring and requested it from the library months ago, so that I could be first in line to read it when our library got it… Unfortunately, it didn’t make it to my hands before I published my 4th of July booklist, but I have it now, and it’s wonderful! Continue reading “Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner by Jessie Hartland”

Books for the 4th of July

Books for the 4th of July

I love the 4th of July. I love spending the day with my family and friends, often spending the whole day outside. I love swimming, be it in a pool, lake, river, or ocean. I love baseball games and Cracker Jack boxes. I love grilling (or barbequing, depending what part of the country you’re in…), hot dogs, and apple pies. I love fireworks. And I love celebrating our country and our independence, because despite our historical and current mistakes, America is a pretty great place to live.

Now that I’m a parent, it’s important to me that my children understand the historical context for Independence Day as well as enjoy the celebrations and traditions that take place on the 4th of July. So, as usual, I turn to books! Below, you’ll find a mix of books to help your family or classrooms prepare to celebrate Independence Day. Some of these books are very July 4th-specific, other provide some historical context to Independence Day, and others are beautiful celebrations of America. Whatever you’re looking for, I hope you find some good seasonal and patriotic reading! Continue reading “Books for the 4th of July”

Our Favorite Beach Books

Our Favorite Beach Books

One of my favorite things about the arrival of summer is pulling out my big box of beach books and activities. Some of my absolute favorite books center around the ocean (I’m looking at you, Flotsam and Hello, Lighthouse!), and ocean-themed sensory bins and sandpaper artwork are just the best. So, before we get too deep into summer, I wanted to share our favorite beach books. Take a look below, reserve them from the library (or use my Affiliate links to purchase if you love them, too!), and let me know which books you love! Continue reading “Our Favorite Beach Books”

Flotsam by David Wiesner

Flotsam by David Wiesner

I first discovered Flotsam by David Wiesner as a part of my very first Mock Caldecott unit in the classroom, and it has been towards the top of my all-time favorite picture books ever since then. Wiesner’s books tend to always be amazing (see my review of Art & Max here, and his Sector 7 made my list of “90 Books for 90 Days of Summer,” which you can find here). If you hang around the children’s book world long enough you’ll likely hear the term “wordless wonder,” and Flotsam is indeed a wordless wonder in every way. Continue reading “Flotsam by David Wiesner”